The 52 Card Games project is my first 52 Weeks project. I love card games, and I love learning new games and playing the games I love. For this project, I’m documenting a new card game each Friday. In case you’ve missed any of the first four games, check out all of the previous 52 CARD GAMES.
This week’s card game, Cheat, is also known to many as B.S. or Bull***t. Another childhood classic, this may be your kinda game if you have an excellent poker face. To do well in this game you need to be able to convince the other players that you’re not lying when you are and get them to suspect that you may be lying when you aren’t!
The Rules are simple:
Be the first player to get rid of all of your cards.
Deal all cards clockwise all of the players.
Play starts to the dealer’s left and continues clockwise. Cards must be played facedown in rank order (A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K A . . .). The first player creates the discard player on their first turn when they play their first card or cards.
Once you pick up your cards, you’ll want to order them by rank order so that you can make the best strategy to play.
During a player’s turn, he or she must discard one or more cards face down on the discard pile of the correct rank. The first player must lay down 1 or more Aces, the next player 1 or more Twos, the next player 1 or more Threes, and so on. When it is your turn, you must say out loud the number of cards and the rank. For example, if the player before me had laid down Tens, on my turn I could say “Two Jacks” when I laid down my two cards. Only I know whether the cards I laid down were in fact two Jacks or if I lied and laid down a six and a four (for example). If you don’t have any cards in your turn of the correct rank, you must play a different card or cards and pass them off as if they were that rank.
Challenging a Player: Any player who believes that the cards played by a player during their turn are not really the cards they have called out can challenge the player by calling “Cheat!” or “B.S!” or “Bull***t!” At this point, the cards played during that turn are turned over and either: 1. The cards are actually the correct cards called (two jacks) and the player who challenged must pick up the entire discard pile. OR 2. The cards were not the cards called (a two and a four instead of two jacks) and the player who laid those cards down must pick up the entire discard pile.
Once the challenge is over, play continues with the next up player (the player to the left of the one who laid down the two jacks (or two and four). 🙂
To Note: You will want to keep an eye on your cards as players discard. If you had four Aces in your hand, then when anyone tries to lay down an Ace, you would obviously want to challenge them.
Ending the Game
To end the game you must discard all of your cards. That can be especially tricky unless you are lucky and are left with the card’s rank that is actually up on your turn. For example, that you’re left with a seven when it’s your turn to play a seven. Most likely, someone will challenge you when you play your final card(s). So if on your last turn you must play a five and you have one five in your hand, you are totally going to win. Otherwise, you just need to hope that when you lay down that Queen and say “1 five” that you are so convincing no one challenges you. 🙂 Good Luck with that.
Have you ever played Cheat/B.S./Bull***t? Did you play it just like this or do you have different rules? Any questions?
Print out a one page overview of the Cheat Rules for your next game.
Play on, Players! Have a wonderful weekend.