OBJECTIVE OF COPS AND ROBBERS: The objective of Cops and Robbers is to be the player with the most points when the game comes to an end.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 4 to 16 Players

MATERIALS: 1 Standard 52 Card Deck

TYPE OF GAME:  Party Card Game

AUDIENCE: Children and older


Cops and Robbers is the perfect party or family game that can be played with a simple deck. The players are assigned roles based off of the cards that they receive. The player who becomes the Cop will attempt to find the Robber. Too many wrong guesses can put him in the poor house, so he has to be careful!


Firstly, the deck must be created. The deck should consist of number cards equal to the number of players participating in the game. A Jack and an Ace are added to the deck. The Jack will represent a Robber and the Ace will represent a Cop. The rest of the cards are representing civilians.

The cards are then shuffled, and the dealer will deal one card to each player. Each player will then examine their own cards, deciding their role. Players should keep their roles secret at all times. The game is ready to begin!


The players will begin the game by looking around the table at the other players. The Robber will wink at a chosen player, attempting to ensure that no other player sees it occur. If they wink at a civilian, the civilian will announce that a deal has been made. If they wink at the Cop, the Cop will show his card and win the hand, collecting two points while the Robber loses two points.

After the statement of the deal has been announced, the cop will reveal his card to all of the other players. They will then try to determine who is the Robber. They begin by making a guess, forcing the chosen player to show their card. If the Cop was correct, the hand ends and the Cop scores two points. With every incorrect guess, the Cop loses one point and the Robber scores one.

The game continues as long as the players would like it to. Numerous hands give each player the chance to play Cop and Robber.


The game continues as long as the players choose. The player with the most points at the end of the game, wins!

Nakoa Davis