How to Play President – Rules for President Card Game

President is an easy to play social game. It is also known as Landlord, Root Beer, Scum, and Capitalism. There are many variations of this game available. In this guide on How to Play President, we have covered the basic game. With the help of this guide, you’ll be able to play this game in just 2 minutes. So, let’s start the guide on How to Play President.



A 52 cards standard deck is required.

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Four to Seven players can play this game. However, for more than seven players an additional deck is required.

The Object of The Game

The main objective of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all cards from the hand. The first player able to do this is the president.

Determining Dealer and Dealing The Cards

There are no rules for selecting the dealer. So, the players can select the dealer randomly or a player may accept the dealership voluntarily. After selection, the dealer deals cards to the players one card at a time, starting from his/her left, face-down until all the cards get finished.


The ranks of the cards from the Highest to Lowest: 2, Ace (A), King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.

The Gameplay

The player on the left of the dealer starts the game by playing a card or cards in the middle and then the play moves in a clockwise manner. A player can play a single card, a pair, a 3-of-a-kind, or a four-of-a-kind.

After a player plays a card, the next player has to beat the previous play. A player can beat the previous play by playing the same number of cards in a higher rank than the previous play. For Example: A higher single card can beat a single card, a higher pair can beat a pair, a higher 3-of-a-kind can beat a 3-of-a-kind, and a higher 4-of-a-kind can beat a 4-of-a-kind. But remember, a pair cannot beat a single card, and a 3-of-a-kind cannot beat a pair, and so on.

If the next player cannot or does not want to beat the previous play then he/she can pass. As soon as all the player passes, the cards in the middle are cleared. And the player who played the last cards(Highest-ranking cards) starts the game again by playing a card or cards in the middle

The game continues in this way until a player gets rid of all his/her cards. The first player to get rid of all the cards from his/her hand is the president. And the last player remaining with a card or cards is a scum.

Now you know How to Play President. Play with your friends and family and enjoy.

Thank you.

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