Le Her

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Le Her is a gambling game, dating as far back as the 18th century.

Le Her is played with a standard deck of 52 cards by two people, designated the dealer and the receiver. King is ranked high and ace low.

To play the dealer gives one card to the receiver and one to the dealer. The receiver may choose to exchange cards with the dealer, unless the dealer has a king in which case no exchange occurs. Then the dealer may choose to exchange with the top card of the deck, unless the top card is a king in which case no exchange occurs. In the case of the dealer and receiver having same ranked cards the dealer is the winner.

Le Her played a role in the development of the mathematical theory of probability with solutions being sought by Bernoulli and de Montmort.


  • The theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic, Richard Epstein, 2nd edition, 2009.