By: The Rulemaster

The name isn't all that appealing, but Asshole is a classic drinking game that's been played for years passed and even more to come. With at least 5 of your closest dorm mates or friends and a deck of cards, you can wind up strutting your stuff as the President or hanging your head in shame as the Asshole. Play your hand right and there's no way you will end up on bottom. You'll need between 2 and 6 players to make this game worth while, but anything more than 6 will overcomplicate things.

What You Need

  • Deck of Cards
  • Beer / Liquor
  • At Least Players

The Set Up

Set up for Asshole is really, really simple. The hardest part, in fact, will be setting up the bottles of beer or glasses of liquor to be used. Essentially, you're going to start by sitting everybody down and figuring out what roles everyone will start out as. Have everyone draw a card from a shuffled deck and, from highest to lowest card pulled, assign the President, Vice President, the Normal People, and the Asshole (the person with the lowest card).

As Normal People can be multiple players, anyone with a matching card is likely to fall into that category. If the two similar cards are the two lowest, have those two players redraw. There can only be one President, Vice President, and Asshole.

The game starts off with the dealer, AKA the Asshole, dealing out 6 to 7 cards to each player. This amount will change depend on how many are playing. From there, the game starts...

Basic Rules

To play Asshole, there is a need to understand roles of the players and ranks of the cards.

The Cards:

The whole basis of Asshole is to play a higher card than wha's shown, so it's important to know how the cards rank. The order, from highest to lowest, is as follows:

2 -> A -> K -> Q -> J -> 10 -> 9 -> 8 -> 7 -> 6 -> 5 -> 4 -> 3

The Roles:


The President is the big wig of the game. He can make any player drink, but no one can force him to take a drink. The President also never refills his own beer.

Vice President:

The Vice President can also make any player, sans the President, drink. Only the President can make the Vice President drink.

Normal People:

These humdrum people can make each other and the Asshole drink.

The Asshole:

Finally, this unfortunate soul can be forced to drink by any player. It is also the Asshole's job to sweep and deal the cards as well as be the last to play a card.

Players throw down cards based on the card shown. The card a player shows must be higher than the previous card, else that person must pass. A round is over once everyone passes, in which case the last person to pass is the first person to go.

The object of the game is to be the first to throw all of your cards down to be President for the next round.

Throughout the game, drinks can be doled out according to the Roles listing. While the President and Vice President can abuse their power, it's best to think about what may happen when the Asshole becomes the President.


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