This is a slightly more complex game, but very, very fun when
mastered. This game requires a minimum of 5 people to play. High boot
The first hand of asshole is the establishing hand. This will
decide who is the President, V-Pres, Normal People, and the Asshole
for the next round.
Approxiametly 6 or 7 cards are dealt to each player, depending
on the number playing this can be higher or lower. The rank of the cards
is as follows (most powerful to least powerful) 2, A, K, Q, ... 4, and 3.
Some is chosen to go first and they play a card, the next person has two
to play a card higher than (but not the same) as the previous
or to pass on that turn.
For example, if a 4 is lead, a next player must play HIGHER than a 4,
the the next player has to play higher than that. A new hand starts
when all players pass, or when someone plays a 2 (the most powerful card).
The last person to play a card, leads the next hand.
This proceeds until all players are rid of their cards. The first player
out of cards is the Pres for the next round, the next out becomes the
VP, the next players out are normal, and the last person out is the
However lets say that the person leading has two 5's, this person may
play them both, then the next player must play two of the same card
HIGHER than five; this player cannot play one card or three cards, only
two. As well, three, or even four, of the same card may be lead.
The only time a player may lay one card in a situation like this is if
it is a two (the power card); a single two, beats everything, and the
hand ends followed by a new lead.
The roles for each player are as follows:
can make any player drink at any time, no-one may make
the President drink but self. The Pres is the first
player to start each round (benefits of power). And
the Pres should never have to refill own beer.
can make any player drink at any time (except Pres),
the only the Pres or self can make the VP drink.
The VP goes second in each round.
These players can make each other drink as well
as the Asshole. They play in the order they
finished the previous round; first normal out
follows the VP, second normal out follows first, etc.
for many reasons, this player is truly the Asshole.
This player has to do all dealing of cards, all sweeping
of cards after the hands, and can not make any other
player drink. The asshole plays last in each round.
A few recommendations, at the end of each round, the players should move
seats in order to reflect the hierachy, and proper playing order. Play
your lowest cards first. Abuse the power when Pres or VP, but remember
it will always come back to haunt you, especially when abusing the
Play as many rounds as desired.
This is another version with slightly modified rules:
First of all, the ideal number of people to have play is four.
If more than four play, take out enough cards (starting with the
threes) or add jokers (jokers come in as high cards - higher than
the two) to make sure everyone will be dealt an even number
of cards. If more than seven are playing, use two decks of cards.
(Hierarchy of cards (l->h) 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K,A,2,Joker)
The object of the game is to get rid of your cards first. The
person who gets rid of their cards first becomes President, the
next becomes VP, and so on.
The idea of the hierarchy (President,VP,Treasurer,. . .,asshole) is
that as soon as the cards are dealt you can make anyone below you
drink. Asshole also has some extra jobs. He must shuffle the
cards, sweep the cards after each round is played, and fill
everyone's drink. If there is too much for the asshole to do,
and the game is slowing down, vice-asshole will be requested to
assist the asshole in his duties.
Before the hand starts, President gives the asshole his lowest
card, and asshole gives the President his highest card. If either
is caught not giving his absolute lowest or highest card (this
means breaking up a pair of threes if you are the President) they
are automatic asshole for the next hand. If eight or more are
playing, President and asshole exchange their *two* highest and low-
est cards, and VP and vice-asshole exchange their *one* highest and
The President leads off the *first* round. After the first
round, whoever won the last round leads the next round. If the
person who won threw his last card, the lead follows to the left.
After the first card is led, play follows down the hierarchy.
When play reaches you, you can play or pass. You can play by
matching the card played or by playing a higher card. Also, if
a single card is led, you must follow with a single card. If
a pair is led, you must follow with a pair, and so on. If you
can not match or beat the card or cards played, you must pass
play to the next player. Even if you can play on the cards, you
may choose to pass anyway (to save your high cards). The last
card played wins the round.
Once a person leads, play only goes around *once*. For example,
if the President leads with a 5, VP plays a J, Treasurer plays a
2, and the asshole passes, the round ends, and the Treasurer leads
since he won that round.
Play continues until everyone has thrown all of their cards and
the hierarchy is established for the next hand.
Other fun ways to drink more:
Before the hand starts, someone must give the President a toast
(this is an opportune time to kiss-ass to the President). If no
toast is presented, the President can give out his own punishment.
There is a "social" (everyone must drink) when three cards of the
same value are played in one round. Not only for three cards
played by different people, but also for triples!
Then there is the board meeting. Everyone starts drinking and
is not allowed to stop drinking until the person above him stops
drinking (i.e. the VP cannot stop until the Pres. stops, the
Tres. cannot stop until the VP stops, et cetera). As you can see,
this another disadvantage of being the asshole (low man on the
totem pole). Only the President can call a board meeting.
Well, I think that about covers the rules. It can sound like a difficult
game at first (don't try to learn it drunk), but it provides hours and hours