How To Play I Doubt It - Card Game

Also known as B.S. and Cheat. Everyone plays their cards facedown and tells the group what they are playing. Don't believe someone? Call out, "I doubt it!"

By Stewart Coerver

requires
A standard deck of cards (no Jokers)
3 or more players

game play
Deal the cards out evenly. If there are remainders, place them face down in the center of the table as the beginning of the discard pile.

Play begins with the player to the left of the dealer. He places the Aces in his hand facedown on the discard pile and announces his play to the table: "One Ace." If the player does not have any Aces, or if he wishes to get rid of more than one card, he may bluff and play non-Ace cards while announcing: "Two Aces." The next player plays 2s, the next player plays 3s, and so on. If a player doesn't believe an announcement, he can call out, "I doubt it!" The person who played the cards must turn them over and show the challenger whether he is bluffing or not. A player who is caught bluffing must pick up the entire discard pile and add it to his hand. If a challenged player is not bluffing, then the challenger must pick up the discard pile. When the rank to play reaches Kings, it then goes back to Aces and the numbers start again.

objective
The first player to get rid of all his cards wins. Usually this is the first player to actually have the last card that must be played on his turn.

the benefits of bluffing
Responsible grandparents may worry that this game teaches kids to be liars. Not really. This game allows children to practice observing the behavior of liars and truth-tellers, an important skill to have in life.


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