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Ultimate Loser

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You’ll need a deck of cards and at least 2 players for this game; the object of which is to avoid being the last player with any cards.

How to Play

Cards are dealt to all players so that every play has the same number of cards and at least 1 card is left over. The spare card(s) are set in a neutral area of the table, and a single spare card is turned up. Play is in tricks, and begins with the person of the left of last hand’s Ultimate Loser.

The lead may be a single card, a pair, 3 of a kind, 4 of a kind, or a straight-flush of at least three cards (e.g. 6, 7, 8 of hearts). Play continues in a clockwise direction with each successive player:

  • choosing to play the same type of combination (e.g. a pair, or a 3-run straight flush)
  • choosing to pass, or
  • choosing to pass and exchange 1 card in their hand with the card exposed during to deal (the card set to the side)

In the last case, the card set down by the player is the new exposed card, and may be picked up by another player.

Players do not have to beat the previous player in order to play, they must simply use the same combination of cards (pair, straight, etc).

After each player has played, exchanged or passed, the player who placed the highest cards wins the trick, and leads the next (unless they don’t have any cards left, in which case the person with the second highest card leads). In cases of a tie (for example, 2 players placing a single ace), the player who first played the highest card wins. A person who passes is not considered to have played, and is considered to lose the trick.

The loser of each trick must take 1 drink. In cases of a tie for the loss, both players drink.

When only one player has cards left to play, the Ultimate Loser has been determined; they must drink 1/2 of a full beverage, and must then deal the next hand.

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