Thread: Shuffle Cards and Deal

  1. #1
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    Shuffle Cards and Deal

    need to make a program that shuffles a deck of cards and simply deals them into 4 hands
    as soon as the program starts it will list something like this:
    D9 H5 S10 C4 DJ C10 DA H2 D8 H10 D7 S9 HQ
    and 3 more rows of 13

    i have got this working correctly but is there anyway i could do it with a double array without using the constant characters. here is my code:
    #include <stdio.h>
    #include <stdlib.h>
    #include <time.h>
    #include <conio.h>
    void shuffle( int wdeck[][13]);
    void deal( const int wdeck[][13], const char *wface[],
    	 const char *wsuit[]);
    void pair( int a[]);
    int main()
    	const char *suit[4] = {"H", "D", "C", "S"};
    	const char *face[13] = {"A", "2", "3", "3", "5",
    		"6", "7", "8", "9", "10", "J", "Q", "K"};
    	int deck[4][13] ={0};
    	srand( time(0));
    	deal(deck, face, suit);
    	return 0;
    void shuffle(int wdeck[][13])
    	int row;
    	int column;
    	int card;
    	for(card = 1; card <= 52; card++) {
    		do {
    			row = rand() % 4;
    			column = rand() % 13;
    		}while(wdeck [row] [column] !=0);
    		wdeck [row] [column] = card;
    void deal(const int wdeck[][13], const char *wface[], 
    		  const char *wsuit[])
    	int card;
    	int row;
    	int column;
    	for ( card = 1; card <= 52; card++ ) {
    		for ( row = 0; row <= 3; row++ ){
    			for ( column = 0; column <=12; column++ ){
    				if ( wdeck[row][column] == card ) {
    					printf("%5s%-8s%\n", wface[column], wsuit[row],
    					card % 52 == 0 );

  2. #2
    and the hat of sweating
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Toronto, ON
    Look at std::random_shuffle() in the <algorithm> header.

  3. #3
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    Jan 2005
    I would say it's better to have an array of one type (int or a special card type) and fill the array with all possible values. Then use random_shuffle on the array and you will have a shuffled deck. You then just iterate through the array to deal the cards. If you use an int, you can use the numbers 0 to 51 (or 1 to 52 or whatever) and use division and modulus to get the suit and rank of each card.

    Your code looks like C code, though. If it is, then this should be in the C forum, and you won't be able to use random_shuffle. However, you can still mimic random_shuffle by using a loop. It's easiest to make the loop run from 51 to 0. Get a random number between 0 and the loop index and swap that value with the value at the loop index. Decrement the loop index and continue.

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