Vincent Brévart

Vincent Brévart

President - Rules of the game

The rules of President in a few simple lines, specially written for those who want to quickly learn to play. These pages tell you all what you need to start playing President. Learn to play in a few minutes, and then practice with the free program called Élysée for PC (all Windows), Linux, Mac OS X.

Basic principle

  • 4 players playing for themselves

  • a standard 52-card pack and 2 Jokers

    • 4 suits ( Spades,  Hearts,  Diamonds,  Clubs)

    • 13 cards per suit (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2)

    • 2 Jokers

After the dealing, each player holds 13 or 14 cards (this difference is not very important). In President, the cards in each suit rank from highest to lowest in the following way:

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

Card ranks

The Joker is the highest, then the 2, and then the Ace.

The suits (Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs) have no effect on the game. So, players sort their cards by rank (jacks together, 9's together, etc.) without worrying about suits. Here is an example of cards sorted in the right way:

Cards sorted in the right way

Cards sorted by rank, from highest to lowest.

President is a game in which you always have to beat the previous play. So, there are a few very simple rules to follow:

  1. The player who starts can play from 1 to 4 cards of the same rank. He chooses the rank and the number of cards he wants. For example, let's suppose that he plays two 5's.

  2. Then, to be allowed to play, the next player must lay the same number of cards than the previous player, but of a higher rank. For example, he may play two 6's, or two 7's, etc.

  3. If a player cannot play, he passes and misses his turn. He may also decide to pass even if he can play. Passing does not prevent him from playing on the next round.

  4. Each one plays or passes in turn, with as many times around the table as necessary, until three players pass in a row. Then, the last one to have played collects the cards, and he starts again like in (1).

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