When it comes to card drinking games, you can essentially make any card game into a drinking game – even solitaire. All you have to do is get creative with the rules. For instance, if you were looking for a drinking game for just one person (You might need some help. Maybe an AA meeting?), you could create a rule that you have to drink every time a face card comes up while playing solitaire. Or perhaps you’ll drink when you get it wrong during a game of memory.
But whether you like to drink alone or you’ve got a ton of friends that are drinking and having a good time, but want to play some drinking games, card drinking games can be a lot of fun. But while you can change any card game into a card drinking game, there are 4 primary games that are generally a hit at parties and gatherings. These include Kings, Bullshit, Strip Poker and Crazy Eights.
Watch this dude from Howcast attempt to explain how to play this card-based game, then follow up with our instructions below, or visit our dedicated Kings Page.
*Place deck face down on table
*Drinks in hand, or in communal pitcher in center of table
*Players take turns drawing cards. Each card assigns a task or function to the drawer:
Cards 2-5, any suit = Drawer must drink that many drinks
Cards 6-9, any suit = Drawer “awards” that many drinks to one person of their choosing, or the total amount of drinks can be split between any number of players
Card 10, any suit = Person to the left of the drawer drinks one drink
Jack = CATERGORIES. Drawer picks a category, such as Television Sitcoms. They then name a sitcom, and in turn each player must name a sitcom that has not previously been mentioned. First player to make a mistake must drink.
Queen = QUESTION. Drawer asks a question of another player. Without missing a beat, that player must ask a question of another player, and that player another, and so on. First player to make a mistake drinks. The trick is to answer the question in the form of a question to someone else. Or, ask a question that is so ridiculous that it makes the asked party pause, smile, or otherwise make a “mistake” and therefore be required to drink.
King = This rule is what makes this game known as the Kings Drinking Game. Players that pick the first three kings are required to add their beer or drink to the communal pitcher, however, they also get to make a “rule.” Rules can include no swearing, no saying drink, drank, or drunk, or pretty much anything you can think of. The person who picks the fourth king must drink the entire pitcher, and the game is over. Who won? Depends on how you look at it. Could be the most intoxicated person in the room. Or could be the least. You decide!
Ace = Social call! When an ace is pulled by any player, all players in the game must drink at the same time.
Believe it or not, the following terrible video is the best that we could find describing how to play this verbal drinking game. If you have a better video, send it to us and we’ll seriously think about using it in place of the following, which will still tell you how to play this badass game:
The Bullshit Drinking Game is tried and true and has been in practice by inebriated people all over the world for decades. Played with at least three and as many as 6 people, the Bullshit Drinking Game will get a lot of people drunk pretty quickly. As long as you remember the name of the game, you’ll do fine.
The primary object of the Bullshit drinking game is to get rid of all of your cards. This can be tough depending on the number of players, as the dealer will deal out all cards in a standard deck. The way this is done is by starting with one person, who can lay down any number of cards, but they must proclaim what those cards are. They can say “pair of 5′s,” “three three’s,” or even “four eight’s.” The other players will have to use their memory concerning what cards have already been played mixed with what cards they hold in their own hands.
If the other players doubt that what’s been laid down is accurate, they can say “Bullshit!” and check the cards. If they find that the player did indeed lay down those cards, then the player who called bullshit must pick up all of the cards and drink the same number of drinks as the amount of cards they must now pick up. If however the player calling bullshit is correct and the preceding player indeed lied about what they are putting down, then the “liar” will be required to pick up the entire pile of cards and consume a drinks equivalent to the number of cards on the table.
The Bullshit Drinking Game is played until someone runs out of cards – this person is declared the winner, but by this time most players are too inebriated to care. Players who win more than once in a row are allowed to make ridiculous rules that the other players must follow – at pain of having to drink even more.
WARNING: Strip Poker doesn’t always result in sexiness. For example, the following horrifying video:
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But it’s not always as bad as the two dudes undressing each other above. If you can find some hot people to play with, your game could end up like this:
That’s a lot better, right?
With the lowering of inhibitions that drinking brings, it’s no wonder that so many drinkers enjoy playing strip poker. And in the right crowd, things can get pretty hot. Or, it can all end with a bunch of drunk naked people that no-one really wants to see. Fortunately, if you’re playing the Strip Poker Drinking Game, they’ll probably look good to you anyway.
This game really only works with 4 or more players and can be played with any version of poker. However, instead of placing bets for money or even drinks, players bet articles of clothing. If they lose, they must remove those articles of clothing, and when completely naked are out of the game. But wait! Losers can’t just put their clothes on – they must remain seated, naked, until the end of the game.
Drinks can be bet in addition to an article of clothing. For instance; “I see your pants and raise you one shot of Jameson.”
Crazy Eights isn’t a very well known card drinking game, but in some areas of the US and Europe it’s catching on pretty quickly. This card drinking game is played by building on the eights.
The four eights in the deck must be removed and placed face up on the table, with the rest of the deck distributed among all players. Players take turns putting down their cards by building sequentially in either direction to the other eights. This means there will be four “runs,” each of which will be one singular suit.
If a player cannot put a card down that follows one already on the table – a 5 on a 6 for instance – then they must drink for the total number of cards from those in the suit on the table and those missing in-between. If a player puts a card down that does not skip any cards, the drinks (of their card’s face number) are given out to the player or combination of players of their choice.
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