Cockroach Poker


Cockroach Poker is a reverse set collection game that has nothing to do with poker – except that the game is all about bluffing, with cards that show cockroaches, rats and stink bugs. The goal is to force another player to collect 4 of any one type of critter.


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Think you can lie? Cockroach Poker will put that to the test. In this game there is only one loser, the person to first have four of the same type of creature face up in front of themselves. Simply deal out all of the cards in the deck, and take turns trying to pawn off cards on other players. I might give you a card and tell you “this is a spider”… If you think I am lying you can call me out, if you think I look honest you can make that call, and if you are correct either way I get the card face up in front of me. The risk is that you make the wrong call, and then you get the card face up in front of you.

But you have another option. Without making a call you can slyly examine the card, and then pass in onto a third player. You might say, “yes, this is a spider”, or you might say, “Chris is a liar, that is a stinkbug”; now it is up to that third player to call you out. This may continue until all players have seen the card, forcing the last person holding it to make a call.

This game is more fun than it probably should be. It is meaner than you expect. And the people you think least likely to excel at it are always the ones to watch out for!