Brain Damage - Drinking Games

Drinking Game Instructions

Remove the 8s, 9s and the red 10 tens from a deck of cards. This game is played just like BlackJack but to 7.5 points.

The ranks of the cards are:
Face cards - .5 points
Aces - 1.0 point
2-7 - face value
10s - wild

1. Lay out all cards face down, everyone "cuts for deal". Highest card deals first (10 would be 7.5, 7 is very good). Deal will go from highest draw to lowest. Very important: you cannot leave the game until after you have dealt. That's why dealing first is great, dealing last has been known to result in "Brain Damage."

a) The dealer takes the deck, deals one card face down to the first player, and one card face down to himself. The player looks at the card, then bets any amount of beer, a large shot glass is usually a good limit.

b) The player keeps his first card face down, and can take as many hits as he wants. If he goes over 7.5, he must announce that fact, and then drink the bet. If not, when he stops, the dealer turns over his card, and then hits until he thinks he has the player beat. If the dealer busts, he drinks the bet.

c) When the dealer is satisfied with his hand, the player turns over his card. The lowest total drinks. Ties mean player drinks. The dealer then goes to the next player, repeating the process until the deck is exhausted.

3. If the player gets a "five card charlie" (5 cards, not busted), he wins immediately, dealer cannot draw, dealer loses even with a 10 in hand. If player draws to 7.5, dealer can of course try to tie (win).

4. If the dealer begins dealing begins with six or less cards, the penalty of losing to that player is to deal again. With six or less cards, the dealer lays them face down, the player bets, they both draw a card, and the loser drinks (tie means the player drinks) Play continues until everyone has dealt.


1 deck of cards
3+ players