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Required Items:

High Cotton playing cards and High Cotton chips

Favorite southern drinks (such as sweet tea, mint julep, or peach daiquiri)

Favorite southern snacks (such as pound cake, cheese straws, or mixed nuts)

Number and type of players:

4 13 good looking southern friends or friends who wish they were southern and good looking. It is a high honor to be the hostess of a High Cotton card game.

Object:

Win the title of Miss High Cotton by winning the last high cotton chip. It is desirable to do this without getting or giving scratches and bruises, but it is competition after all.

Set Up:

The players all sit around a table or on the floor. This game works well on the front porch so you can wave at passersby or at the kitchen table where snacks and drinks are close by.

Place chips on the table or floor using one less chip than the number of players. Place the chips so they are in easy reach of everyone. This is just plain good manners

Shuffle the cards. The hostess of honor gets to be the first dealer and deals 4 cards to the others. For later rounds the deal will pass to the left. All cards not dealt become the dealer deck.

Game Play:

Examine your dealt hand. The dealer says pass and every player simultaneously chooses one card from their hand, passes that card to the person on their left. The dealer draws her card from the dealer deck. The player to the right of the dealer (the last player before the dealer) creates a discard pile during play. The discard pile is not used unless the dealer deck runs out.

Players must pass a card before picking up a card! No player can ever have more than four cards in her hand, so she may not pick her new card before passing one to the left. Keep a careful watch for any cheaters in the crowd. Continue passing one card to the left and taking a card from the person on your right every time the dealer says pass. If the dealer deck runs out, the discard deck may be used.

When a player collects four of a kind she picks up a chip. One can be sneaky about this if one chooses. Once the player with four of a kind picks up a chip, everyone else should grab a chip as quickly as possible. The player who does not get a chip is out of the game. It would be great if this person would then serve drinks to everyone still playing.

Remove one chip from the table and play another round. Continue until there are only two players playing for the last chip. The player to get four of a kind and the last chip is in high cotton and is named Miss High Cotton! She should immediately receive a crown or roses, or at a minimum get to have her own parade as soon as possible. Be sure to take her picture.

If time permits play another game. Things could get testy if you have several winners of Miss High Cotton around, so if anyone throws a hissy fit you should immediately take away her drink.

It is acceptable to beg, plead, bargain or bribe in order to be the next hostess of High Cotton. Its always a good idea to take photos of everyone having a good time.

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