Screw the Dealer Drinking Game: Rules & How to Play

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Drinking games with cards can be played anywhere and are always fun to play. The Screw the Dealer Drinking Game, also known as Fuck the Dealer, is a good classic example of a fun card game perfect for when you’re drinking with your friends.

In the other popular card game, Ride the Bus, you don’t want to be the one who rides the bus because that means extra glasses of golden boys. In this game, you don’t want to be the dealer!

Especially towards the end of the round, this role can get quite crazy!

In this guide, we will take you through the rules and gameplay of the Screw the Dealer Card Game, so that you can start playing right away!

What do you need?

  • A standard deck of 52 playing cards, with the jokers removed.
  • At least three players, although the more, the merrier.
  • Enough drinks for everyone

In short, the game is all about guessing the next card that the dealer will reveal. The dealer plays against the other players, and either the dealer or the player must drink depending on the correctness of the player’s guess.

At a fail streak of three, the role of dealer passes to the player to their left. This means that three players in a row guessed their cards wrong.

As the number of reveal cards increases, it becomes easier for players to guess a card, and more difficult for the dealer to pass their role to the next player.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to play Screw the Dealer:

Screw the Dealer Rules and Gameplay

  • Determine who will start as the dealer. In the beginning, you’ll get rid of this role quite easily, so it doesn’t really matter who starts dealing.
  • The dealer checks the top card of his deck and starts by asking the first player what card it is.
  • That player then guesses a specific card number or face.
    • A safe starter guess would be a seven, as it lies right in the middle.
  • This can lead to two situations:
    1. The player guesses the exact card: In this case, the fail streak resets to zero, and the dealer must drink five.
      • The turn then goes to the next player.
    2. The guess is wrong; in this case, the dealer hints if the card is higher or lower than the first guess.
      • The dealer must tell the truth.
  • The player then takes a second guess based on the dealer’s hint.
  • The dealer then reveals the card and lays it on the table, facing up as shown in the image below.

screw the dealer drinking game rules.

  • This leads to the following options:
    1. The player’s guess is correct: the fail streak resets to 0.
      • The dealer must drink two sips
    2. The guess is wrong: the fail streak becomes 1 out of 3.
      • The player must drink the difference in sips between their guess and the actual revealed card.
  • The turn then goes to the next player. All previous steps except the first then repeat themselves.
  • If the fail streak reaches 3 out of 3, the deck is passed to the next player, who is now the new dealer.
  • This continues until all the cards are on the table.

This makes it more difficult to get rid of the dealer role towards the end of the game. Therefore, as the deck of cards becomes thinner, your urge to not be the dealer becomes stronger!

Basic rules

There are only a few basic rules for the screw the dealer card game:

  • All revealed cards should be placed in a row in the right order, from Ace to King.
  • The Ace counts as the lowest card.
  • If the fourth card of a face is revealed, then this pile should be turned over by the dealer.
    • Players can try to quickly turnover the cards before the dealer does. If they succeed, the dealer must drink two.

Final words on the Screw the Dealer Drinking Game

Are you done playing the Screw the Dealer Drinking Game? Try something different, such as one of the drinking games with dice!

Remember, when it comes to drinking, moderation is key. Enjoy your beers responsibly, know your limits, and always have a plan for a safe way home. Your well-being and the well-being of others depend on it. Cheers to a fun, safe, and memorable time!

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