Poker Face

Use any grammar to guess whether your partner is telling the truth or not.

A player makes a true or false statement about a card and tries to put on a “poker face” so that the other player cannot see if he is telling the truth. The object is to put all the cards down on the table.

  1. Players look at their cards.
  2. Player one chooses any card and holds it up, showing the back.
  3. Player 1 (P1) makes a claim about his card, such as, “I have a car.” It may be true or false.
  4. Player 2 (P2) studies the face of P1 and says either “I believe you” or “I don’t believe you.”
  5. P1 turns the card around to show the front.
  6. If P2 read P1’s face correctly, then P2 may put down any of his cards. If not, then P1 may put down the card.
  7. Repeats 2-6 while taking turns.

The first player to put down all the cards is the winner.

Variation 1 (requests)

  1. Before playing, the two players show one another their cards.
  2. When P1 holds up one card, P2 speaks first, asking, “Can I have that car please?”
  3. P1 answers with yes or no.
  4. The winner is the one who still has a card.

Variation 2 (numbers)

  1. The players can write numbers, days, or months, on the papers instead of a card.
  2. P1 holds up a card and says the number or day.
  3. P2 says either, “I believe you.” or “I don’t believe you.”

Possible grammar variations:

  • I’ve got / I have a car.
  • I’m looking at a car. (present progressive)
  • Can I / May I have that car?
  • Do you want to / Would you like to buy a car?
  • Shall we / Let’s buy a car
  • Will you buy a car for me?
  • Numbers: Cardinals 1, 2, 3 or ordinals 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
  • Days/months
  • I am nine. / I was eight. / I will be ten.
Lesson Topics
Junior High
High School
1 deck of vocabulary cards per pair/group