The Leadership Game: Indian Poker

The leadership game Indian Poker is mostly about the fun that can be had amongst a team of people who know each other very well. This has also been known as blind man's bluff but it is a very simple game to play. Everyone has seen movies where they play this game and put a card on their foreheads and place bets. I wont encourage betting in this leadership game as that can cause a lot more problems than fun.

This game can be played as an icebreaker with people who are about to take a course or just as an afternoon break. There are many possibilities but it's not meant as a very deep kind of training game.

The Leadership Game: Indian Poker

  • Description: This game can be played by anyone really, usually 6-10 people is a good number but adaptions are available. It helps lighten the environment and make people engage and have fun a little more.
  • Purposes: Icebreakers, breaks from study or sessions and can be used in team building.
  • Time and Materials: You'll need enough space for a circle to be formed and a pack of playing cards.

Instructions: Indian Poker

As we've said previously we wont be doing this game as traditional rounds with bettering but rather just a fun game between people

  1. Make your group sit in a circle and deal a single card to each of the group.
  2. The individual MUST NOT look at their own card but instead flip it onto their forehead facing outwards so that everyone else can see.
  3. Each person has one opportunity to switch their card. Of course they can't see their own card so one-by-one each person asks the team whether they should switch or not.
  4. If they choose to switch then they must put the card in the pile and pick another and do it again.
  5. The person with the lowest card (Ace is high) gets eliminated from the game at the end of one round.
  6. Do this until there is only two people left and then whoever wins the last round wins the game.

You can change up the rules if you want to make it more difficult or fun but this is the basic version. At the end of the day it's meant just as a fun game and can create a lot of laughter when people have low cards or switch out a really high card.

Often at the end of the day this game can make an environment fun for learning or wake people up if they're drifting off. As well as break the ice if people don't know one another - you can't help but laugh and be involved.

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