President is a card game for 4 to 8 players also known as Arsehole, Beggar, Scum or Butthead. It belongs to the climbing games which are particularly popular in Asia and are spreading rapidly in the Western World. These are based on the principle that the next player has to play a higher card or card combination or pass.
The aim of the game is to be the first to dispose of all cards in your hand to be titled as the next President. Once a player has played his last card to the trick, he/she is given the highest remaining post: the first player is given the office of president, the next becomes the vice-president and so on. The last player left remaining in the round is dubbed the beggar.
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You can start a game round by clicking on the button ‘New Game’. You decide who is allowed to play at your table (4 to 8 players) and how many rounds you want to play (1, 2, 3, 5 or 10). An additional option is 'with Revolution' and 'highest last -> beggar'. Of course you can also join a round already opened by another player.
At the edge of the gaming table you can see which player's turn it is. At the right side you can see the remaining time to take your turn as well as the stake and your credit. Close to the player names you can see the current status of the players displayed symbolically. You can chat with your fellow players via the chat function.
President is played with a complete suit (13 cards in ascending order from 2, 3, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace) per player. Initially each player is dealt 13 cards.
The president can start the game. In the first round, where the ranks and the president haven't been determined the player who holds the 2 of Diamonds starts the game. This player can decide whether he wants to play a single card or several cards (of the same number value, for example 3 5s). All following players may play the same amount of cards of a higher value to the trick or choose to pass. The trick is given to the last player able to play to the trick. The player who takes the trick plays the next card.
You can see in your fanned out hand, which cards you can play because these are not highlighted grey and they have been moved up. You can place the card in the centre of the playing field by clicking on the relevant card (in case of several cards of the same value you have to click on all of them). If you cannot or don't want to play a higher card you can press the button 'Pass'.
If a player has played all his cards he will be awarded the highest rank left. The first player will be president, the second player vice-president, the third player chief of police, followed by doctor, worker, farmer and vice-beggar. The last player is the beggar.
From the second round the 2 highest cards of the beggar will automatically be given to the acting president, who will give the beggar 2 random cards in return.
If the option 'Revolution' has been activated at the start of the game you can declare a revolution as soon as you have discarded a quadruple. If 7 or 8 players are participating you need 5 cards of equal rank for this. A revolution turns the sequence of the cards upside down, that means Ace is now the lowest card and 2 is the highest.
Option 'Highest last -> Beggar'
If you have chosen this option at the begining of the game you have to be careful towards the end. The player whose last card played is either an Ace or during the revolution a 2 will be the beggar in the next round.
End of the game
The round comes to an end once the second last player has disposed of his/her cards and the appointment of offices (from "President" to "Beggar") is complete. Whoever is first to play all his cards will be president in the next round.
The player given the office of President is also the winner of the round. To increase your chances of becoming president you have to try and get as high a rank as possible in the previous rounds.