- Each player is given three pennies (that's three one-cent coins for my non-American readers).
- Each player is dealt one card, face down.
- Ace is high. Two is low. The goal is to NOT end up with the highest card.
- The first player looks at their card and decides if they want to keep it or trade with the next player (if it's a high card you usually pass it, low card you keep it).
- If the next player has to trade a low card for a high card, they will usually then trade that higher card with the next player.
- If a player is happy with their card, they simply say (smugly) "I'm good" and don't trade with the next player.
- However, a player cannot refuse to trade cards with the previous player unless they have a King. If a player has a King, they hold up the card and very obnoxiously make a loud buzzer sound (the best part of the game) to indicate that the preceding player is stuck with the card they don't want.
- Once play circles the table and returns to the dealer, the dealer can choose to keep the card or draw another card from the deck.
- Whoever ends up with the highest card has to throw one of their pennies into the middle of the table. If there's a tie for high card, each player must forfeit a penny.
- Once you lose all three pennies, you play on your "reputation" until you lose another hand.
- The last player to remain (either with pennies or on their reputation) wins.
In September, we played at nephew and niece-in-law, Ryan and Emily's house. As each player was knocked out, they kept someone else company. Our great-nieces (really, really great) traveled around the table. Their older brother (also really and truly great) played quietly... and stewed when he lost.
|GREAT UNCLE JERRY CONSIDERS TRADING WITH ELOISE.|
|"ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO TRADE?"|
|ALICE GETS A CARD THAT'S NOT REALLY HIGH AND NOT REALLY LOW.|
|"KEEP OR TRADE?"|
|UNCLE JERRY: "YOU TWO ARE GIVING ME AWAY!|
EITHER WORK ON YOUR POKER FACES OR LOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE!"
|ELOISE MOVED ON TO GRANDMA... AND GRANDMA MOVED ON TO HER REPUTATION.|
Can't read my, can't read my... No he can't read my poker face...