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3 or more players


About president

President is a shedding card game for three or more players, in which the players race to get rid of all of the cards in their hands in order to become ‘president’ in the following round.

The pack

President is played with one standard deck of cards, including two jokers. It is sometimes played with two decks when there are more than six players.

The ranking

The cards are ranked from highest to lowest: 2 – A – K – Q – J – 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3.

The objective

The goal of the game is to shed all cards as soon as possible. The first player to do so is becomes the President.

The deal

The dealer deals one card at a time (clockwise), 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). A joker trumps everything and can be used to complete a set (two kings and a joker make three kings).

It is not necessary to beat the previous play just because you can – passing is always allowed. Though passing does prevent you from playing the next time your turn comes round, so try to be tactical about it.

The play continues 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 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. In the next round, the President gets the Scum’s highest value card. It is not allowed to lie about their highest card.

Sometimes the second place gets the title of Vice-President, and the second-to-last place is called the High-Scum.