Overview of playing Cheat and its rules

The card game of “Cheat”, or “I Doubt it”, shows how well you really know your friends and which one of you has the best poker face. Be the best deceiver to walk away victorious. Fail to hide your deception, and you may be stuck holding all the cards.

What you need

A standard deck of cards (no Jokers)
3 or more players

Cheat rules

Deal the cards out evenly. If there are remainders, place them face down in the center of the table as the beginning of the discard pile.

Play begins with the player to the left of the dealer. He places the Aces in his hand facedown on the discard pile and announces his play to the table: “One Ace.” If the player does not have any Aces, or if he wishes to get rid of more than one card, he may bluff and play non-Ace cards while announcing: “Two Aces.” The next player plays 2s, the next player plays 3s, and so on. If a player doesn’t believe an announcement, he can call out, “Cheat!” The person who played the cards must turn them over and show the challenger whether he is bluffing or not. A player who is caught bluffing must pick up the entire discard pile and add it to his hand. If a challenged player is not bluffing, then the challenger must pick up the discard pile. When the rank to play reaches Kings, it then goes back to Aces and the numbers start again.

How to win

The first player to get rid of all his cards wins. Usually this is the first player to actually have the last card that must be played on his turn.

Bluffing like a pro

Responsible grandparents may worry that this game teaches kids to be liars. Not really. This game allows children to practice observing the behavior of liars and truth-tellers, an important skill to have in life.

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