• Up and Down Luck Drinking Game

Up and Down Luck Drinking Game

  • Players: 3+
  • Type: Social
  • Drink: Any
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Up and Down Luck is a card drinking game where luck dictates how much power a player has, in the form of passing out drinks to other players while going "up the river". While going "down the river", a players fate is no longer in anyone's hands as they drink based on the cards they were dealt.



A dealer is appointed before the game begins, and then each player is dealt 8 cards (face up). The dealer then begins the game by flipping the top card from the deck onto the table.


After each player has their cards for the game and the dealer flips the first card from the deck, the game has begun. Every four cards flipped by the dealer mark a switch in the direction your "luck", where the first 4 cards represent going "up the river", where players that have matching numerical card can give away the # of drinks that corresponds to that card's spot in the draw order (ex: 1st card = 1 drink, 2nd card = 2 drinks) to other players (2x as many drinks if they have doubles and so on). Drinks do not all have to go to the same person, they can be split up.

The second 4 cards flipped by the dealer represent going "down on your luck", where players can no longer give drinks out, rather they have to drink the # of drinks that they would've otherwise given out had they been going "up".

This game is rather simple, and is a fun way of getting drunk where you can force your friends to drink alcohol. Once the deck is eventually all used, the game stop and a new dealer is appointed if you decide to start a new game.

As always, please remember to drink responsibly! This alcohol drinking game is not meant to lead to you becoming sick due to over-consumption of alcohol. Need a ride? Download Uber or Lyft & get $5 off your first safe, sober ride. If you enjoyed it, please leave feedback in the comments & let us know how we can make it better!


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