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 fifteen games, check out all of the previous 52 CARD GAMES.
President is a classic game that is fun for groups and parties. It’s also a pretty fun game to play with a few beers or cocktails.
Deal all the cards, 13 to each player.
Play begins to the dealer’s left. The first player leads with a single card, a pair, or three of a kind, etc. The following players must play a card or cards (following in the same vein as the first player) that is equal to or at a higher value then the cards previously played. If they can’t play a higher card or set of cards, they must pass.
If a single card is lead, all players must only play single cards. If pairs are lead, only pairs can be played by the follwoing players, and so on and so on. For example, if a pair of eights are lead, they can only be beaten with a higher pair (as opposed to a single higher card). A player can always pass, even if you have a higher card or cards to play. If a player passes, they can always jump back in when their turn comes around again.The play continues until someone plays a card and then all the remaining cards pass. At that point the player who plaid the last card clears the table and leads the next round. When a player runs out of cards, play continues to the next player.
Titles: The first player out of cards is the President and the next player out of cards is the Vice President. And the last player to run out of cards is the A-hole. 🙂
The president gets 2 points, the VP 1 point, and no one else scores any points.
The President selects the chair of their choice or the “best” seat. The VP sits to the President’s left, and so on and so on. The A-hole is also responsible for shuffling and dealing. After the cards are dealt, the A-hole must give their best two cards to the President, and the President gives the A-hole their worst two cards.
Ending the Game
We’ve always just played until we got tired, but you can choose to play to a certain number of points (like 10).
Download and print the rules: Page 1 so you can easily play at home.
Play on, Players!