The players will compete in a series of rounds where they must try to score the highest number. The player with the lowest score each round will be eliminated from the game. Once they are eliminated, they must claim a prize which may contain money, vacations, advantages in the game, punishments, the power of veto, or the HOH key. The players that are eliminated in later rounds will have the option of keeping the prize that they have received or trading it for other prizes that have already been revealed. The player with the power of veto (or HOH key) in their possession at the end of the final round will win POV or HOH.
List of the Yankee Swap Competitions
|Season||Week||Competition Variant||Name Variant||Competition Winner||Veto Holder or HOH|
|8||2||Power of Veto||"Cutthroat Christmas"|
|9||4||"Color of Veto"|| || |
|10||"Big Brother Slapshot"|| || |
|11||6||Head of Household||"HoH Invitational Golf Tournament"|| |
|12||4||Power of Veto||"The Wizards of Pinball"|| |
|13||6||"Big Brother Cornhole"|| |
|14||4||"Field of Veto"|| |
|15||6||"Frog Darts"|| || |
|16||4||"BB Cup"|| || |
|17||6||"Game of Throws"|| |
|18||8||"Zingbot for President"|| |
|19||7||"BB Adventure Tours"|| || |
|20||6||"Boom Power Trip"|| || |
|21||"Tossed in Space"|| |
|Season||Week||Competition Variant||Name Variant||Competition Winner||Veto Holder|
|2||4||Power of Veto||"Lacrosse Fire"|| || |
- Big Brother 11 is the only season where this competition was played as a Head of Household competition. This competition was originally going to be a Veto competition, however, because of Chima Simone's expulsion, it was later played as an HOH competition instead.
- Big Brother 8 is the only season where none of the prizes and punishments were traded.
- Big Brother 8 is also the only season where the Power of Veto was awarded last. In all of the subsequent seasons that featured this competition the veto was awarded first.
- Ryan, Libra, Judd, Caleb, Elena, Tyler and Sarah won the competition in their respective seasons, however, they choose not to take the Power of Veto and took the prizes instead.
- Angela Rummans from Big Brother 20 was eliminated the earliest from the competition to still win the Power of Veto, being eliminated in the 2nd round.
- Daniele Donato, Jeff Schroeder, Jordan Lloyd, Nicole Franzel, James Huling, and Paul Abrahamian have played this competition twice.
- Jeff and James made it to the final round twice, while Paul was eliminated in the first round both times he played.
- Paul Abrahamian received a punishment from this competition both times he played.
- The earliest week that this competition was played was in Week 2 during Big Brother 8, while the latest week that this competition was played was in Week 8 during Big Brother 18.
- James Huling and Victor Arroyo are the only men to win this competition and be America’s Favorite Houseguest at the end of their respective seasons.