Presidents

Often referred to by a less appropriate name, Presidents is the ultimate social card game.

How to play: Presidents

The Deal

Starting to the dealers left, deal one card at a time until all cards have been dealt.

The Play

The player to dealer's left starts by leading (face up) any single card or any set of cards of equal rank (for example three fives). Each player in turn must then either pass (i.e. not play any cards), or play face up a card or set of cards, which beats the previous play.

Any higher single card beats a single card. A set of cards can only be beaten by a higher set containing the same number of cards. So for example if the previous player played two sixes you can beat this with two kings, or two sevens, but not with a single king, and not with three sevens (though you could play two of them and hang onto the third).

It is not necessary to beat the previous play just because you can - passing is always allowed. Also passing does not prevent you from playing the next time your turn comes round.

The play continues as many times around the table as necessary until someone makes a play which everyone else passes. All the cards played are then turned face down and put to one side, and the player who played last (and highest) to the previous "trick" starts again by leading any card or set of equal cards.
The first player who is out of cards is awarded the highest social rank - this is President. The last player to be left with any cards is known as the Scum.

How to Keep Score

The first player who is out of cards is awarded the highest social rank - this is President. The last player to be left with any cards is known as the Scum.

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Comments(3)

  • The way I always play it adds a few more rules:
    1. Anytime a set of triples, doubles, or even a single card is played, if one person has all the other cards, if they are fast enough they can put there cards on the table and say “completion”.
    2. If the same card is played twice in a row, the next person in line is skipped (unless they have a completion).
    3. After the first round is done, and the dealing is done, the trading begins. Now, I always play with 5 people. So, the person that finished first (president), trades with the person who finished last (scum). Same with VP and VS. There is also a middle man who doesn’t trade at all. The P asks for two cards and the VP only asks for one. They do not have to give the S or VS the card THEY ask for.

  • How many cards can be looked at a time, or cant they view all of their card at the same time?

  • We also play that the “Scum” has to swap their best (highest) card for the worst card from the “President” at the start of the next hand. Or if playing with 5+ players, a two card switch, and Vice-President (second out of cards) and Vice-Scum (second-last) switch one card.

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