The BS card game is exactly what you would expect, having to do with the word “BS”. If you’re like me, then this may bring back memories of your childhood playing the game at school or in friends’ houses.
It’s a fun game that always has someone yelling out the word “BS”, usually because they were caught bluffing. Playing cards is easy enough, but it does get more difficult when trying to compete against other players who are willing to make up their own rules.
Game-play or Basic Rules
Someone cannot play the game properly if they do not know all the rules of the game, especially if it’s for real money. There are some rules and regulations to play the game some of them are listed below.
- The first thing you’ll need is a deck of 52 cards (including jokers). You can buy one at your local department or convenience store (we like to call these kinds of places card shops), but if you don’t want to take that trip, then just search online and print out enough pages until you have one. Or, you can just slice up some recycled paper into thin strips and use that as your cards for playing the BS card game.
- Secondly, each player must draw three cards from the top of the deck. This forms each player’s “hand”.
- Thirdly, place the deck face down in the center of the table. This is known as the draw pile.
- Fourthly, each player must try to do one of two things:
- Place down any card from your hand with a number value that is greater than or equal to ‘1’. The game progresses counterclockwise around the circle, so if you’re the first one up, then play any card whose number value is greater than or equal to ‘1’.
- If you’re playing second and someone played before you (meaning that they beat you), then play any card whose number value is greater than or equal to their last played card’s number value.
The three exceptions to these rules are as follows:
If the last player played a 2, then that value is now “off limits”. If the last player played an 8, that value is now “off limits”. If the previous player played any face card (jacks, queens, kings), then any face card (jacks, queens, kings) must also be off limits. That means if you start your turn and someone else already started their turn before you by playing a face card or an 8 or a 2, then you cannot play another one of those cards. You can only play higher than what they’ve laid down.
For example: Player A plays 3 of hearts; Player B plays Ace of spades after Player A does. Player C cannot play a 3 or an Ace, but can play a 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, J, Q or K.
- Fifthly and finally: You must place your card face up on top of the draw pile. Then the turn moves to the next person in a counterclockwise fashion.
Note: The first player who’s able to get rid of all their cards wins.
Additional Rules for Advanced Play
If someone plays a 2 and no one plays a face card after it, you can play any other number card as long as it is not a 2. If someone plays an 8 and no one else has played another 8 yet (meaning that this is Number 1), then you can also play another 8. If someone lays down a face card, then the next player is required to play a higher face card. If they don’t have one, you can force them to pick up cards from the draw pile equal to your ‘forced’ play number value.
For example: Player A plays a King of spades; Player B has no other spades in their hand but does have a Jack of hearts and Queen of diamonds. They would be forced to pick up 3 new cards from the draw pile because the Jack is worth 1 point while the Queen is worth 9 points (10 minus 1).
If they didn’t have any cards at all with values less than 10, they’d still need to pick up three cards! If you force someone to pick up 6 cards, it’s called a “suicide” and they are not allowed to lay down any more cards for the rest of the game.
Rules for Jokers
Jokers can be used as wildcards, meaning that you can place them anywhere you want in your hand (with some exceptions). But since jokers aren’t as powerful as face cards (they only count as 1 point), there is no need to worry about what number card will come down next after you play one.
When playing with jokers, they must always be played at the end of a sequence (alongside an Ace if necessary). If someone plays a Joker and no one has played an Ace yet, then you’re allowed to play an Ace. The Joker has no value and so it can be played on top of any card, but you must remember to place the Joker in front of your sequence when you’re done using all your cards.
If someone plays another Joker before the first one is used up, then both Jokers are discarded and replaced with new cards from the draw pile. The game ends when all three decks are exhausted.
Please note that if everyone stops playing after one person goes out, then all players who are still in the game at that time share victory. If however, someone runs out of cards while others continue playing, than those last people lose.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many persons can play this game?
Basically four persons play this game but more people can also play this game.
- Is there any trick by which you can win the game?
Yes, there are some tricks, you can use while playing. But these tricks are not much reliable. So, it is better for you to just follow the rules and win.