31 (Thirty One)

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A game of maths and drinking, which follows the same premise as Blackjack, but with some important variations. You’ll need a deck of cards, people, and beer.

How to Play

Aces are 11, all face cards are 10 points, and all other cards are face value. The object of the game is to get as close to 31 points in your hand without going over.

Each player is dealt 3 cards: 1 face-up and 2 face-down. Like in Blackjack, the play rotates for additional cards. At any point in the game, when you think your hand is high enough (say 28 points or so), you can “knock,” which means everyone else has 1 last draw to add to their hand. All the hands are then laid down, and the person with the lowest point total has to drink an entire beer before they lose again in an ensuing hand. If they do not finish their beer before losing again, they must drink yet another penalty beer. If the person who knocked has the lowest point total, that player must also drink an additional penalty beer for poor play.

At any time a player has a total of 31 in their hand, they immediately place their cards down and EVERYONE else is a loser.

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