OBJECT OF DRUNKARD: The object of Drunkard is to be either avoid collecting or losing all your cards.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 4 players

MATERIALS: A modified 52 card deck, and a flat surface.

TYPE OF GAME: War Card Game



Drunkard, also known as P’yanitsa is a war card game for 2 to 4 players. There are two different games with different objectives.  The first objective is to avoid collecting all the cards of the game. The other is to not lose all of your cards.

With this game, there is a loser, not a winner.


The deck is modified to a 36 cards deck using Aces through 6s.

The dealer is chosen at random.  

The dealer will shuffle the deck and deal out the entire deck face down evenly to each player. Each player will then have their own small facedown deck they may play from.

Card Ranking

The ranking for the game is traditional. Ace (high), King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 (low). The only exception is when 6s are played with aces in a trick. In this case, the 6 is the highest-ranked card. Any other time a 6 is played it is the lowest-ranked card.


The game is played over a series of tricks. All players will turn over the top card of their decks simultaneously. The highest-ranked card from the trick wins and collects all the cards and places them at the bottom of their deck.

If there is a tie for the highest-ranked card there are two options of play, which should be decided on before the game begins. either all players will play the top card of their deck face down on their previous trick and then play a faceup card to the trick, or they will just play a faceup card to the trick. either way, the winner collects all the cards from the trick.


The game ends either when one player remains with cards in their deck, or when a player is the first to lose all the cards from their deck. Either way this player is the loser.  

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