Joker Game is a Japanese novel series written by Yanagi Koji. It has inspired a live-action film and an anime television series. A television anime adaptation produced by Production I.G began airing on April 5, 2016.
It is an elimination-style take on poker where the game is not about who has the best hand, but who can convince the most people around the table to cheat others out of the game, one after another, without saying a word.
“There’s a card game going on at the table, but it’s only a charade. The goal is to get people in the room on your side, have them peek at the opponents’ hands, and signal you. However, there’s no telling who’s on whose side. The signs may be fake, or you might read an opponent’s signs and change your hand. In the right conditions, you can convince the enemy spy to betray his side and join yours. ”