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Oct 24, 2014

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Beer Game: Golf

Category: Card Games
Submitted By: Steven Weinreich (sweinrei@mcbio.med.buffalo.edu)

Beer Games Requires one deck of cards and 3 - 5 players.

One player begins dealing, giving four cards to each player, laying two face up and two face down. Cards should be arranged in a square. X = ace down; O = up

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The object is like golf; to get the lowest score. All cards 2-10 are worth face value, J and Q's are ten, Ace's eleven. Kings are ZERO! You can never look at the cards that are face down. The remainder of the deck is placed in the center with one card overturned. A player can pick a card or pick up the overturned card and switch it with any one of his four cards. If he chooses to replace one of the face down cards, he cannot look at it until after he switches it and discards (therefore, it is quite easy to unbeknowingly switch a 3 for a king, bad for you, good for the next player). When one thinks he has the lowest hand, he "knocks", and the remaining players have one more turn to better their hands. Cards are revealed and the lowest wins. If the player who knocks wins, the remaining players drink sips equaling the difference of their score and the winners. The winner counts off this difference AT HIS OWN PACE! (what comes around goes around). Beer etiquette dictates that the winner drinks the first one with the loosers (1 [drink] 2, 3, 4, etc]. If he who knocks is not the lowest score, then he looses and must double his score and drink with the remaining players. A tie results in the one who knocks loosing. One strategy is, after the deal, if your up cards are a reasonably a low score, knock right away. It is ballsy, but you can usually win. It seems like alot when written, but it is quite simple and quite fun. Alot of beer can be drunk in a short time (as winners have started the count, and then gotten up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the count).

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