Stealing Bundles

Also known as Stealing The Old Man's Bundle, this unpredictable game is very popular with kids, who love being able to steal each other's cards! It is an early version of Casino.

Number of Players: 2 - 4

Age Range: 6+

Type of Game: Luck

Cards: Standard 52-card deck

Aim: To have the biggest "bundle" of cards at the end of the game.

Instructions: Each player is dealt four cards, which are kept separate and face-down. Then, another row of four cards in put, this time face-up, in the centre. The rest of the cards are put aside.
The player to the left of the dealer has first turn. In each turn he does one of three things.

1.If he has a card which is of the same rank (ie: twos, Queens) as any of those in the centre,  he can “steal” the centre card (or cards) and put it face-up with his own, in front of him, in a stack. This is his “bundle”. If he wins more cards in future turns, they all go onto the top of this bundle, with only the top card showing.

2. If he has a card which is of the same rank as the top card in someone else’s “bundle”, he can steal their  bundle!

3. If he has no cards which match the central ones or another’s bundle, he “trails”, putting one of his own cards face-up in the centre.

When everyone has played all four of their original cards, they are dealt four new ones and the game continues.

When all the cards have been dealt and played, the player with the most cards in their bundle wins

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