Schlafmütze Rules and Drinking Game


Schlafmütze is a German drinking card game that’s very similar to Spoons. The goal of the game is to take your 4 cards and try to end up with a set of 4 matching ones. This game works with anywhere from 2-8 players but works best if you have at least 4 people. This game works either with or without drinking so we’ve included the regular rules along with some added drinking rules.

What You’ll Need

A full deck of cards and some drinks.

Schlafmütze Rules

The aim of the game is to get 4 of the same number card.

Setting up The Game

The dealer starts by shuffling all the cards and dealing out 4 cards to each other player and 5 cards to himself.

Playing the Game

Gameplay starts with the dealer than moves clockwise. On a players turn they pick a card to give to the next player clockwise.

If a player ever receives a card that they have already seen before (the exact card, number and suit) they can be sure that nobody wants the card and instead slap it down face up on the table. They then draw a new card from the deck to replace it. Anyone who had a matching number card to that one may also slap down that card (since sets of 4 can no longer be achieved) and draw a new one to replace it.

The first player to collect 4 of a kind wins the game. Once someone gets their 4 of a kind they place their cards face down on the table without announcing their victory. The last player to put their cards face down on the table is the loser of the game. It is possible to trick people and pretend to continue playing to make other players do the same and eventually lose the game.

Schlafmütze Drinking Rules

Jokers: If at any point someone draws a joker they must drink and draw a new card. Shuffling the joker back into the deck.

If anyone receives a card for the second time and slaps it down, everyone with the matching number card drinks.

If anyone tries to play a card after someone has claimed victory they take a drink.

At the end of the game of Schlafmütze the loser must chug back the rest of their drink. Everyone else must drink for each card in their hand that doesn’t match other cards.