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Drinking games - Hockey.

All you need is 4 people, a deck of cards, and plenty of beer.

First, the players divide into teams of 2. Partners sit across the table from each other. The cards are all dealt out. The point of the game is to score the most points. You score a point every time you lay the card of the same value as the person before you laid. To make things more interesting, there are "safe cards": Eights and Jacks. You cannot lay a safe card on another safe card (i.e. no 8 on 8, J on J, 8 on J, J on 8).

The team that was scored upon drinks until told to stop by a member of the scoring team (this explains the variation in the buzz factor). After each point, the cards are cleared by the scoring team (be sure to keep track of each point for scoring purposes). After all the cards have been laid, that's the end of a period.

As in the actual game of hockey, there are 3 periods. The person to the left of period 1's dealer becomes the new dealer, and the same rules apply.

Keep score like this:

End of period 1:
Team 1 scored 5 points  -  Team 2 scored 12 points
Team 2 leads 7-0 after 1 period

End of period 2:
Team 1 scored 7 points  -  Team 2 scored 8 points
Team 2 now leads 8-0 after 2 periods (7+(8-7))

End of period 3:
Team 1 scored 15 points  -  Team 2 scored 3 points
Team 1 wins, 4-0 (15-3=12; 12-8=4)

Game source: Mike Crabb



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