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Play with Politiquo — Beanuts

How to Play

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Overview

Ages: All
Players: 3-8 players (preferably a huddled mass yearning to breathe free)
Objective: Complete the suits and be the first player to get rid of all your cards.
Currency: Jelly beans for Reaganites, shelled peanuts for Carter fans. Or mix them together and reenact the 1980 election!*
(Feel free to go big and use real currency if you prefer a high stakes game.)

The Rules

New Deal

Before each New Deal*, all players put one jelly bean or peanut into the pot. Deal the cards one at a time clockwise, face down, beginning with the player on the dealer’s left. If some players end up with fewer cards than others, they must contribute one additional bean/peanut (heretofore known as beanuts).

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The Game

Starting left of the dealer, the first person plays a card (any card). All cards are played face up, arranged in four rows of the four suits. The sequence in each suit must be built up until all thirteen cards are played and the sequence in the suit is continuous.

Additionals

Suit piles don’t have to start with the Ace. They can start with any card, and players must add in consecutive order, completing each series before moving onto the next suit. (Ex. J, Q, K, A, 2, all the way to 10. Or, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A, 2 and so on all the
way to 6.)

Turns

Play continues clockwise. If a person is unable to play in turn, they put one beanut in the pot. Whoever plays the thirteenth card of a suit may choose any card from their hand to begin the next series.

How to Win

The first person to get rid of all their cards wins all the beanuts and is now White House Chief of Staff. Shoulda read the fine print!

FINE PRINT: Whoever wins is now White House Chief of Staff.
* Ba-boom, ching!