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Are you competitive and love drinking games? Do you want to add a fun twist to your next party or gathering? Then the “Asshole” drinking game might be the perfect choice for you.

Also known as President, this turn-based card game is popular among college students and young adults. There are various rules to keep track of, but once you get familiar with the game rules, it becomes easier and more fun to play!

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How to Play the “Asshole” Drinking Game

To play the “Asshole” drinking card game, you should have four players or more. All players must spread out and sit around a surface where cards can be played. But before you begin, gather all you need.

Equipment for “Asshole” 

“Asshole” is a relatively easy game to play, so you won’t need a lot of equipment. All you need is:

  • A deck of cards
  • Drinks (preferably alcoholic)
  • Cups for each player

“Asshole” Gameplay

Now that you have all the equipment let’s learn how to play:

1. The first hand of “Asshole” is the establishing hand.

This will determine everyone’s rank for the next round. Players could have the role of President, Vice President, Normal People, or the “Asshole”.

2. Players are given 6 or 7 cards depending on how many the players are.

Aces are the highest non-special card, and 3s are the lowest. (2 is a special card).

2s are “special” in that a single 2 card clears the entire pile, and whoever dropped it begins the next hand. A single two can even clear a round of doubles, triples, or quadruples, but they can’t be played out of turn.

3. The game starts with a player laying down a single, pair, triple, or quadruple of a card.

The next player must drop a card of equal or greater value. They should also use the same number of cards the previous player dropped.

For example

  • If the first player drops two nine cards, the second player must drop two equal or greater in value.
  • If the second player drops the same card/s as the previous player, the next player is skipped and must drink.
  • If the second player cannot drop any of their cards (They don’t have cards of equal or higher value), they will have to skip their turn and take a drink.
  • Cards are cleared if everyone skips or a two is played.

4. The game continues until all the cards have been played.

Once all players have gotten rid of their cards, or when someone plays a 2 card, a new hand begins. The person who last played a card will be the one to start the new hand.

5. Players will get new positions/roles for the next round based on the order in which they discard all their cards.

  • The 1st player to get rid of all their cards becomes the President.
  • The 2nd player who gets rid of all their cards becomes the Vice President.
  • Players who get rid of all their cards after the 2nd player are Normal People.
  • The second to the last player to get rid of all their cards becomes the Vice “Asshole”.
  • The last player to get rid of all their cards becomes the “Asshole”.

6. For the following rounds, high-ranking players can tell the other players who are lower in rank to drink whenever they want to.

And that was the final step in playing the drinking game!

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Roles in the “Asshole” Drinking Game

Players’ positions/roles during the “Asshole” drinking game are determined based on the order that players were able to play all their cards. The first player to get rid of all their cards is the President for the next game.

The second is the Vice President. Second to the last player is the Vice-“Asshole”, and the last player is the “Asshole”. Anyone in between will be Normal People with no specific special rules assigned to them.

Below are the things that players can do based on the position/role that they have:

1. President

  • Before each game, the President can request two cards of their choosing from the “Asshole”; in exchange for any two cards they decide to give them
  • Starts the game with the first turn
  • Can force any player to drink at any time for any reason
  • Can order the peasants to refill your drink when needed

2. Vice President

  • Before each game, the Vice-President requests any card from the Vice-“Asshole” in exchange for a card of their choice
  • Goes second, following the President
  • Can make anyone other than the President drink at any time

3. Normal People

  • Turn is decided by the finishing order from the previous game
  • Can force each other and the “Asshole"s to drink

4. Vice “Asshole”

  • Gives the Vice President a card of their choosing before each game
  • Turn is second to last
  • Can force the “Asshole” to drink

5. “Asshole”

  • Gives the President two cards of their choosing before each game
  • Goes last in turn
  • Must refill anyone’s drink when needed
  • Must deal the cards & clear the piles when a hand is over

Bonus: Special “Asshole” Drinking Game Rules

Want to make the “Asshole” drinking game even more enjoyable? Try implementing these additional rules:

1. President Only

When you begin a game of “Asshole”, you’re not allowed to leave or do virtually anything else of your choosing unless you’re President.

2. Forever President

If a player is so dominant that they are President of multiple games in a row, they can introduce their chosen rules.

3. The Reverse 3

The 3 card reverses the order counter-clockwise, then back if another three is laid down.

4. Magnetic Table

When lifting a drink off the table, it must be slid off the side of the table like a powerful magnet.

5. Sexy Beer

Moan after every time you take a drink.

6. Viking

The President points to a player who must put both hands to their head to form “horns” while yelling oogh! oogh! oogh!. Players to the left and right of the player must make rowing motions.

Players must drink if they fail to act like proper Vikings (The President will decide).

7. Social

All the players must drink when three cards of the same value are played in one round. This includes three cards from different people and triplets.

The “Asshole” drinking game is a fun way to spice up any party or get-together. With its simple rules and endless possibilities for variations, players will indeed have a great time playing this game. So go ahead and play it!

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