GUIDE FOR ALL THOSE WHO LOVE PLAYING BULLSHIT!
First, we’ll go through Bullshit Game and see what it really is
Then, I’ll tell you about its variations and how you can have more fun!
Sounds good? Let’s dive right in…
1: What is Bullshit?
In this chapter I will explain what Bullshit is about
You will see how the game is played
Then in later chapters I will give you some interesting fun facts
Bullshit is a card game that revolves around lying and deception. It is very fun to play and generally it is played among friends and families, on parties or social gatherings.
The game is generally called Cheat in Britain but it is called Bullshit in the USA. The name of the game also appears as I Doubt It. There are other name variations as well.
You have to be cunning and skillful to play the game. This is exactly what makes the game very engaging and interesting.
The goal of the game is to get rid of all your cards before other players.
A game of Bullshit is played with a standard deck of cards with the Jokers removed. Two to ten players can play the game. The dealer deals the cards until there are none left. All the cards are dealt out to the players; some may have more than others, but it is usually one or two cards more and it does not affect the course of the game.
The game begins with the first player laying down two of clubs and any other two cards.
The next player will claim to place down a certain number of fours and so on.
Nevertheless, this game is about pure bluffing and thus a player can lay down whatever cards they are brave enough to claim!
The trouble starts when another player challenges the claim by saying “Bullshit” (or “Cheat” or “I doubt it” or whatever the game is called). If he or she is right, the player who “lied” needs to take the cards back and if that player said the truth, then the accuser takes the cards.
The game is great because if you are bad at bluffing, this is the best chance for you to learn it. Moreover, you can learn when other people are bluffing and start guessing it better. Since this is not really a betting game, you can practice bluffing without investing any money.
2: Bullshit Rules
In this chapter I will explain the rules
You will see how exactly the game is played
The player that has the two of clubs in his or her hand starts the game by laying this card face down on the center of the table, along with any other twos in their hand. The game then continues clockwise.
However, this is where the deception can begin and a player can lay down any three cards and say “three twos”.
The following player is obliged to lay down any cards in their hand that follow the sequence started. This means that this player might say “one threes”. Then the next player will claim to place down a certain number of fours and so on.
The first player must discard Aces, the second player discards Twos, the next player Threes, and so on. After Tens come Jacks, then Queens, then Kings, then back to Aces, etc.
Since the cards are discarded face down, you do not in fact have to play the cards you are calling. For example, if it is your turn to discard Aces, you may actually discard any card or mixture of cards and lie about it.
Since the game is about lying, players can constantly lie and place the cards that they do not in face possess.
So, you must be wondering then how can anyone be caught?
Well, the trouble starts when another player challenges the claim by saying “Bullshit” (or “Cheat” or “I doubt it”, etc.).
When a player calls “Bullshit”, the number of cards claimed by the player is turned over from the discard pile. For example, the player may have said “two sixes”, and the other player might be holding all of the sixes themselves. This means that the player who made the false claim must take the entire discard pile and add it to their hand.
If, however, the person who calls out “bullshit” is wrong, they must accept the discard pile for their hand. This is why it can be tricky to get rid of the cards.
After the challenge is resolved, the game continues regularly. This means that the player to the left on the one who was challenged plays and calls the next rank in sequence.
The first player who manages to get rid of all their cards will be the winner of the game.
The tricky part of the game occurs at the end of the game when very few cards are left. If you play your last remaining card(s), but someone challenges you and the cards you played are not what you called, you pick up the entire pile and the game still continues.
So, since cards are played face down, it gives players the chance to lie about the cards they are playing, but if the lie is exposed they must pick up the pile.
There are many variations of Bullshit. For example, there are games that allow using several decks or even varying orders of rank. Some allow players to select a card rank that is one up or down from the cards claimed by the previous player. For example, a player might choose to say “two sixes” or “one eight” if the previous player claimed they put down “three sevens”.
3: Variations of Bullshit
In this chapter you will see how Bullshit is played throughout the world
I will show you in what ways you and your friends can have fun!
Sounds good? Read on…
The game of Bullshit has a couple of variations, since it varies from a group to group and people change it as they like. For instance, some people enjoy playing Bullshit as a Drinking game.
This means that for example, using the rules above, if a person calls “Bullshit” on another player, the player is then forced to drink if they are wrong. If, on the other hand, the person calling “Bullshit” is right, the player who was lying must drink an amount equal to the number of cards player.
Furthermore, if there are a lot of players, you may use two or more packs shuffled together.
As already mentioned, for some people the sequence goes downward rather than upward. This is all about making a deal among the players.
Some allow cards of the same rank as the last card to be played, as well as the next higher or lower rank.
In the Chinese variation of Bullshit known as 吹牛 (chuī niú = bragging) or 说谎 (shuō huăng = lying) played in Fujian province, there is no restriction on the rank of cards to be played except that the cards in each set played must all be (claimed to be) equal.
This means that it would be possible to play the entire game without having to lie. However this would take you more turns to get rid of your cards than a player who would lie successfully.
This version is normally played with several decks shuffled together, so that a player can claim to play a large number of cards of the same rank without it being an obvious lie.
There is another possible way of lying. People sometimes try to cheat by playing more cards than they have announced. For example, you say that you have three aces while playing three sevens and a jack. This is also challenged in the usual way.
The Russian variant of the game is called Verish’ ne Verish’ (“trust – don’t trust”), which is similar to the above.
The Russian game is also known as Russian Bluff, Chinese Bluff or simply as Cheat.
As in other variants, first the dealer deals out all the cards to all players, as evenly as possible.
The first player chooses any rank to start with, and then he or she places one, two or three of cards of that rank face-down, and calling out what they claim to have played. A player’s claim need not be truthful.
The next player can either call the previous player’s bluff by saying “ne veryu” (“I don’t trust”) or simply turning over the played cards, or accept their play, either by saying “veryu” (“I trust”) or taking their own turn without comment.
Naturally, if a bluff is called, then the played cards are revealed. If the challenger is right, the bluffer picks up all the cards and it is then the challenger who starts a new round. If, however, the challenger was wrong and the player did not bluff, then the challenger will take all the cards. Then the next person (or in some variants, the previous person) will again restart the round with the rank that he or she chooses.
In some variants, if a player does not have any of the rank in their hand, they may call “skip” or “pass” and the next player takes their turn. If every player passes, the cards on the table are removed from the game, and the last player to play a card starts the next round.
There is a variant rule in this variation of the game. After saying “I don’t trust”, the challenger can reveal one of the cards played at random. If the card is of the declared rank, the caller picks up the cards; if it is not, the previous person picks up all the cards and a new round begins.
Another popular variation of this game is the Canadian Version.
Canadian or Spanish Bluff, similar to Russian Bluff, is a version used by at least some in Canada and it is also widely known in Spain.
The rules are quite strict and invariable. In English this variant is also known as Fourshit (single deck) and Eightshit (double deck).
In this game there are a couple of important changes compared to the standard rules.
In Canadian Bluff, usually two decks are used along with Jokers (although they are optional).
Not all ranks are used; the players can arbitrarily choose which ranks to use in the deck and, if using two decks, should use one card for each player plus two or three more. For example, four players may choose to use 6,8,10,J,Q,K,A or may just as easily choose 2,4,5,6,7,9,J,K, or any other cards.
In this way, it is possible to make use of decks with missing cards as those ranks can be removed. The four jokers can replace any card in the game.
The first player is chosen randomly. In the Spanish version he or she can be chosen by the highest card they possess.
In Canada, a version is the first player to be dealt a Jack face up, and then the cards are re-dealt face down.
The first player chooses the rank of cards and an amount of cards. Then in this version every player can play as many cards as they wish of the same rank.
The rank then never goes up or down and it does not change in any way.
For example, if the first player plays Aces, all other players must also play Aces in that round.
Jokers represent the card of the rank being played in each round, and allow a legal claim of up to 11 of one card (seven naturals and four jokers).
Of course, as in all other variants, players can lie in many ways. They can claim they are placing fewer cards than they actually do. However, hiding cards under the table or up the sleeve is not really allowed.
After any challenge, the winner begins a new round by making a claim of any amount of any card rank.
If at any point a player picks up cards and has all eight natural cards of a certain rank, he declares this out loud and removes them from the game. If a player fails to do this and later leads a round with this rank, he or she automatically loses the game.