President (aka Asshole, Beggar, Bum, Scum)

I learned this game through some students at Canton High School and started playing it with Hideo, Ben, Andy and a few other "mathletes" when I was at Penn State for a math contest several years back.

Players: 5 or 7 [Can be modified for 4 or 6 also].

Cards: 2 decks of cards with the jokers removed.

Rank of Cards: 2 (high) A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 (low). Suits have no relevance in the game.

Object: Trying to get rid of all your cards as soon as you can.

Seats: Can be fixed or variable. If the seats change every hand, then the president sits in the most comfortable chair, with the scum sitting to his left on a packing crate or something like that.

Deal for the first hand: The dealer deals all the cards out, one at a time, starting with the player to his left.

Deal for subsequent hands: The president from the previous hand deals the cards out, one at a time, starting with the player to his left (the scum from the previous hand).

Deal for hands with fixed seats: The dealer deals all the cards out in piles, with the president getting first choice of pile, vice president second choice and so forth until the scum gets the last pile remaining.

Exchange of cards for all hands except the first hand: The scum from the previous game gives his two best cards to the president, while the president gives the scum any two cards. The second to last player to finish from the previous game gives his best card to the vice president, while the vice president gives any one card to that player.

Play: The scum from the previous game starts by putting a single card or a group of cards. (First hand: Player holding 3 of diamonds starts.) What I mean by groups of cards are pairs, three of a kind, etc. No full houses, straights or flushes. Play continues to the left with the next player playing a card higher than or equal to the previous card(s). (Example: A single 7 doesn't beat a pair of 6's. Nor does a pair of 8's beat a single 7.) If the card(s) equal that of the previous play, then the next player to the left gets skipped. The play continues until all players pass or a 2 or group of 2's are played. If everyone passes, the last player to play any card(s) starts the next round. If a 2 or group of 2's were played, then that player starts the next round.

Endgame: The first player to run out of cards would be called the President, the next player to be out of cards is then called Vice President, and so forth until the last person is called the scum (bum, beggar). The Order for 5 players would be: President, Vice President, Citizen, Worker, Scum. The 7-player order would be: President, Vice President, High Citizen, Middle Citizen, Low Citizen, Peasant (or Vice Scum, Vice Loser), Scum (Beggar, Loser).

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