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Cheat/B.S/I Doubt It: Guidelines and Tips on How to Play

Are you good with bluffing?

If so, then I Doubt It would be a perfect game for you. This game of truth, lies and laughter is a perfect addition to your Friday nights with your family or friends.


This card game is called Cheat in Britain, Bullshit in the United States of America and I Doubt It in other parts of the world. It may come in many names, but all these names pertain to an act of tricking someone or catch them cheating you.

The Object of the Game

The goal is to be the first player to get rid of all their cards. The winner of the game is the player who places his last card on the table and either has not been doubter or has shown to have announced correctly upon being doubted.

What You Need

  • Four to five players
  • A deck of 52 playing cards
  • A surface such as table that can accommodate all the players.

How to Play I Doubt It

Each of the players picks up their cards and sorts them by rank. The game starts when the player to the left of the dealer takes his Aces and lay them face down on the table. He can also lie down an ace and try sneaking in another card and bluffs that it’s an ace. When all of the cards are laid down, player calls out what they have laid down or what they are claiming that they have laid down. If the two cards of the player are an ace and another card, he would still claim “two aces” to sneak the other card past the other players.

The next player to the left plays twos or whatever they try to pretend as twos. The game continues clockwise with each player playing the next highest card until king is reached. The cycle starts over with the ace card after the king is played.

If anytime during the game, you feel that other player is bluffing or not being truthful, you just simply say “I Doubt It”. If you’re being doubted, you must show the cards you just played. You will need to pick up all the cards played so far and add them to your hand if you are indeed bluffing. On the other hand, all the cards go to the person who doubted you if you were telling the truth.

The player where the pile has ended will have to start the next round with the next highest card.

Playing Variations on the Game

  • If you’re playing with five or more people, you can play with two or more packs shuffled together. Not only does it make it harder to tell who is actually bluffing, it will also make the game last longer. If you have some pretty long time to kill, playing this variation is a good idea. Feel free to use card decks with cards duplicated or missing. This is a great way to recycle decks not suitable for normal card games.


  • You can also make changes on the sequence of ranks. You can play in descending order of rank instead of playing the cards in ascending order. Start with twos, and then move back to aces, then kings, then queens, and so on. Playing by going with the next lowest or next highest rank of the person who went before you is another option. You can put down an eight or a ten if that person puts down a nine.


  • You can let players put down more cards than they said they had, but you have to decide on this rule first before starting the game. Not doing so could lead to any accusations of cheating. Once this rule has been agreed by all players, a player can say he’s putting down three cards while trying to sneak in a fourth card. You can still say “bullshit” on this player to test if he’s actually putting down the correct numbers of cards. He will have to take the pile if he was lying.


  • You can allow players to put cards down when it is not their turns, but not the most recent player. You can still apply all of the same rules, but anyone can jump in anytime if the player who should go takes too long.


  • If you want to have a shorter game, you can allow people with all four cards of the same rank to discard them off to the side and face them up when it’s their turn and tell everyone what rank it is. If you have 3 nines and someone puts down the nine, you can call “bullshit”. You can discard the nines when the other player has a nine. The number of cards in your hand then goes down. Once the rank you put is discarded, skip it next time. So if you or someone else discarded nines, it will go 7, 8, 10, etc., as long as those ranks are still in the game.


Strategy on How to Win This Game

Just like with other bluffing games, you would need to master maintaining a straight face. This skill is critical on this game; your chance of success is greatly increased if you know how to hide any signs, such as gestures or noises, that you are just bluffing.

When other player is calling you BS but you are actually telling the truth, do a little acting and pretend that you are bluffing.

Honesty is also rewarded on this game. More players will be bluffing near the end of the game and most of them are getting caught at it. This is the perfect time where you need to play as honestly as you can.

If you need some low cards because you only have high cards on your hand, it’s a good strategy to challenge a player when the pile is still mostly low cards. Don’t do this when the pile is high though, otherwise you’re just going to end up with more cards than you can handle.

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