Superior! Quien es mas Macho? is a two-player card game
using an ordinary deck of playing cards. Although not necessary, it
is fun to think of the card game as being a wrestling match — the
cards are the various maneuvers each wrestler performs and the suits
represent “styles” of wrestling (Clubs= Martial Arts & Brawling,
Spades= Throws, Power Moves & Grappling, Diamonds= Acrobatics and
Jumping, Hearts= “Personality” moves such as appealing to the crows,
cheating, posing and posturing).
Whenever a card is bid, you should tie the card into the match by
saying what your move is (the more exciting the better!). Reversals
are simply reversals – dodging a punch and responding with a head butt
(for example). Each player should create a “wrestler” (American Pro
Wrestler, Mexican Luchador or whatever strikes your fancy) and list
If you just wish to play the basic card game, then simply start
the game with a draw from the deck — your Superior suit will be the
suit on the card and the player who drew the higher card goes first
(set these cards aside so that you will remember your specialty).
- Number of players: 2
- Playing time: About 5-7 minutes
- Choose a Superior suit – Charisma (Hearts), Agility
(Diamonds), Strength (Spades) or Brawling (Clubs)
- Deal out 10 cards to each player
- Each player bids one card (face down). Highest card goes
first (these cards are then discarded).
- How to Play:
- Bid a card face-up on the table, your opponent then draws a
card from the deck (or performs a reversal (see below)).
- If the bid card is equal to or lower than the drawn card, you
may place the bid card in your score pile. Put the drawn card in
the discard pile.
- If the drawn card is lower, then you lose your bid card (both
cards are discarded).
- If the drawn card is a face card (Jack, Queen or King) then
you may choose to score with your bid cards -or- place put face
card into your hand.
- Aces count as “one” when bidding and drawing unless the drawn
Ace bears your specialty suit. In that case, the Ace counts as an
- If you bid a face card, your opponent draws a card from the
deck. You may then add this card to your hand or discard this
card and keep your face card.
Your opponent may counter any bid by placing down a face card of
the same suit. This reversal may be countered by bidding your own
face card of the same suit. Whoever wins the reversal keeps the
card(s) bid (face cards are discarded).
Same suit — two or more cards of the same suit may be added
together for one bid.
Example: I bid a two of hearts and a four of hearts. I
need to draw a six or higher. A reversal wins all the bid cards.
You may also play a same number bid (see below) if the value of
the card(s) equals your combo bid.
Same number — After a successful bid, you may immediately bid an
additional card that is the same number as the original bid card.
You may continue to bid similarly numbered cards until a) you can bid
no more same number cards, b) you draw a lower card than your bid or
c) you are reversed. A reversal wins all the bid cards. You can
play a combo (2 or more cards) as a subsequent same number bid if the
combo equals the number you just bid.
Winning the Game
The game ends when any player runs out of cards. The winner is
determined by the number of cards in your score pile.
Aces are worth one point except if that Ace uses your speciality
suit. In that case, the Ace is worth eleven points.
Number cards are worth that amount of points.
Face cards cannot be placed into your score pile.
Variant: Cards in your hand at the end of the game count
against your total score. Face cards aren’t worth any points.