OBJECTIVE OF UP AND DOWN THE RIVER: Don’t get alcohol poisoning!
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 6+ Players
NUMBER OF CARDS: two 52 card decks
RANK OF CARDS: K (high), Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A
OTHER MATERIALS: Beer
TYPE OF GAME: Drinking Card Game
INTRODUCTION TO UP AND DOWN THE RIVER
Up and Down the River is another name for the trick-taking card game Oh Hell! It also refers to a communal drinking game which is described below.
HOW TO PLAY
- Players sit in a circle and pick a dealer, the dealer also participates in the game.
- The dealer deals each player four cards, face-up. Cards are kept in front of each player.
- The dealer keeps the remainder of the deck. The dealer starts the game by flipping over the top card of the deck. This is going ‘up the river.’ If a player has a card of the same rank, they must take a drink. Suit does not matter. If a person has more than one card in hand that matches they must take a drink per matching card.
- The dealer flips over the next card. The same rules repeat, except if a player has a matching card they take two drinks… then three.. then four.
- After the fourth card is flipped, the dealer begins to move ‘down the river,’ by flipping a single card ontop of the fourth. Players who have matching cards give four drinks away to other players in any combination. Four drinks to one player, two to two players, etc. Players give drinks per matching card.
- The dealer continues on going down the river by dealing another card, in which players must give three drinks if they have a matching card. This continues until players give only one drink.
- At the end of the game, the cards are collected by the dealer and shuffled thoroughly.
- The dealer counts, starting from 1 to 13, where Ace=1 and King=13. The dealer flips over cards while counting. If the rank of the card matches the number the dealer announces, everyone must take that number of drinks.
- Cards are reshuffled and re-dealt. Play the game until players are sick of the game or sick off the booze.