Real Deal Football Joker

RDF LIVE - Classic Party Game

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the maximum amount of people that can play RDF Live?

With one deck RDF can be played by as many as 16 players, dealing 3 cards each.

With two decks (remove all double line cards) you can play with as many as 32 players, dealing 3 cards each.

How many cards does each player get?

Depends on the number of players. Deal out all of the cards so that all players get the same number of cards. The leftover cards (if any) are not in play.

What are the double line cards for?

The double lined cards are duplicate cards of the 5 most common Big Plays in a football game. If you have eight players or less, remove the double lined cards from the deck.

What is the purpose of the FREE PLAY Joker card?

If playing with an ante, you may want to include the Joker card. Whoever gets the Joker returns it to the dealer and receives their ante back. They get to play that hand for free!

How many hands are generally played in a whole game?

In an average football game there are 15-20 big plays, thus 15-20 RDF winners. Not every possession has to be played when playing with an ante.

In point play, why are some touchdown and field goal cards worth more points than others?

The longer and the less likely to happen big plays receive higher points.

What if a BIG PLAY happens and no one is holding the winning card?

This is where 'House rules' come in, and you have some options. Feel free to be creative. You can:

Choose to have everyone ante again for a Double Pot playing with the same cards. If playing for points have the next BIG PLAY count for double.

OR have everyone hold their cards. No winner for that BIG PLAY.


Remove the double-lined cards if you only want to have one winner per hand, or if you are playing with less than 10 people.

RDF Live can be played for fun with points or for money (if you want to have even more fun).

When playing with a big group (10 or more players) have one person be the dealer and another the manager. The manager collects the ante from whomever is playing that hand. The dealer then deals out the hands. The manager calls for everyone who anted to come get their cards

Also when playing with a large group, have two decks of cards (with two different backs) if you want to play rapidly between BIG PLAYS.

If you're planning a party with a large group, we suggest that you first play RDF Live at least one time with a smaller group as a practice game. This helps you understand the flow of the game, dealing, collecting ante, finding players who may have wandered off, etc.

RDF Unplugged

Frequently Asked Questions

Can RDF Unplugged be played with more than two players?

Yes. Unplugged can be played 2 on 2 with each player dealt 4 cards (keep all double line cards in). Same rules apply as with 1 on 1, except that teammates alternate turns. After each quarter, reverse direction of play.

Why do you take out the double-line cards?

The five double line cards are duplicates of the five most common big plays in a football game. The game will play faster without the duplicates, but you may keep them in if you wish.

Why is there no extra point?

Think of the offensive scoring cards as possessions, not individual plays. This way, extra points are automatically factored in when players score. We assume that all extra points are good.

Why only four cards in your hand at a time?

Four cards symbolize the four downs you have on offense in a football game. If you play all four of your cards without scoring, it is an automatic Change of Possession on downs.

Why can't some defensive cards be used to stop some offensive plays, like a quarterback sack stopping a running touchdown?

The defensive cards are logically matched to counter offensive scoring attempts.

What are those big numbers on the cards?

The numbers are for the RDF Live game only. Ignore them when playing RDF Unplugged.


Keep the first four possessions separated in the discard pile to help determine when a player can throw the End of Quarter card.

Make sure to flip over any cards that were played after every change of possession.