Team Building Games: Forehead Poker



Forehead Poker is a simple, fun game for new friends to get to know each other or just for old friends to have a good time together. This game is also commonly known by the name “Indian Poker”


Team Size

6 – 12 players


Materials Required

A stack of Playing Cards


Time Required

About 15 minutes



  1. Participants sit down forming a circle facing inwards.
  2. The stack of playing cards is then mixed and made into a messy pile in the center.
  3. Each player then takes turns picking a card from the center pile.
  4. Each player, without looking at their own card, places the card facing outward on their foreheads. This means that everyone else can see the card on their forehead, but they cannot.
  5. The objective of the game is to find the loser, the person with the smallest card on the forehead. The loser will have to do a simple forfeit as punishment.
  6. When the round begins, one player starts off by asking the other players if he/she should change the card on the forehead.
  7. Now his peers can either tell him the truth or bluff him into thinking that he needs to change the card.
  8. If the player decides to stick with the initial card, then you move on to the next player and the same cycle is repeated.
  9. If the player wishes to change the card, then he discards his card, shows it to himself and picks up the next card.
  10. Players may only change their card once. So the second card will be the final card on the player’s forehead.
  11. The round ends when every player has been given a choice to change their cards. The loser will be the one with the smallest card!

Things to Note:

  1. Card order: 2 is lowest, ace is highest.
  2. The sizes of the suits in ascending order (from low to high) are Diamonds, Clubs, Hearts and Spades.
  3. Do ensure that there are no mirrors in the playing rooms because players will be able to see their own cards!


Debriefing Notes

  1. How did you feel when you weren’t able to gauge the strength of your card?
  2. How did you react to your teammate’s opinion of whether you should change?
  3. What made you trust a particular friend/teammate’s opinion?

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