How to Play Presidents


Presidents (also known as “Asshole” or “Scumbag”) is a popular card game that can be played with a standard 52-card deck. It is a fast-paced game that requires strategy, wit, and a bit of luck. This guide will provide clear and concise instructions on how to play Presidents, so grab a deck of cards and let’s get started!

Objective: The objective of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all their cards and become the President. The last player to get rid of their cards becomes the “Scum” (or “Asshole”) in the next round. The player who becomes the President in the current round gets to start the next round.


  1. To begin, shuffle the deck of cards and deal them out evenly to all players. The number of cards dealt will depend on the number of players, but the standard is 13 cards each for a four-player game.
  2. The player to the left of the dealer starts the game by playing any card(s) in their hand. The next player must play a card(s) of equal or higher value. For example, if the first player plays a 7, the next player must play a 7 or higher.
  3. If a player cannot play any card(s), they must pass their turn. The next player then gets the chance to play any card(s) they want. This continues until a player plays all their cards or everyone passes.
  4. When a player runs out of cards, they become the President and get to start the next round. The second player to get rid of their cards becomes the Vice President, the third player becomes the Citizen, and the last player becomes the Scum.
  5. The President gets to make a new rule before starting the next round, such as reversing the card order or requiring players to say “please” before playing a card.
  6. The Scum is the last to play in the next round and must give their two best cards to the President. In return, the President gives their two worst cards to the Scum.
  7. The game continues in this manner until players decide to stop or establish a winner beforehand.

Special Cards:

  • 2, 3, and 4: These cards can be played together in a set to beat any single card.
  • 10: A 10 can be played as a single card or as part of a set of equal value.
  • Joker: The Joker is the highest ranked card and can beat any other card or set of cards. If a player plays a Joker, the next player must play another Joker or pass their turn.
  • Aces: Aces are the second-highest ranked card and can beat any other single card or set except for a Joker or set of 2s, 3s, or 4s.


  • Keep track of which cards have been played to make strategic moves.
  • Save your higher cards for later rounds when the stakes are higher.
  • Take advantage of the new rule set by the President to shift the game in your favor.

Conclusion: Presidents is a fun and exciting card game that anyone can learn and enjoy. Remember to be strategic, use special cards wisely, and have fun with the new rule set by the President. Now that you know how to play, gather your friends and see who will become the ultimate President!

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