How to Play the Card Game Stealing Bundles

By Dana Severson

Stealing Bundles is sort of a mix between a fishing game and a robbing game, as players play cards from their hands in hopes of matching other cards currently in play. If a player makes a match, he captures its counterpart, and both cards become part of his “bundle.” But if someone is able to match the top card of this bundle, it’s now stolen, and the stack becomes the possession of the other player. This game works just as well for two players as it does for four.

Deal the deck so that each player has four cards at the start of the game. Another four cards are placed face up toward the center of the table. All remaining cards are placed to the side and will be used later in the game.

Play one card from your hand face up in front of you, starting with the player to the left of the dealer. You are trying to match other cards of the same rank (twos to twos, threes to three, fours to fours and up) on the table. You must always play a card from your hand, even if you are unable to match another card currently in play.

Capture the card of the same rank and place it, with your played card, in a stack in front of you. All captured cards will be placed face up, one set atop the next—the reason for this will come into play later in the game.

Continue to play around the table until all hands have been exhausted.

Deal another four cards, one at a time, to each player. The second phase of the game may now begin.

Play one card from your hand face up in front of you. You are still trying to match other cards of the same rank on the table, but now you’ll be able to steal other players' bundles (the stack of captured cards) if you’re able to match the top card of their stack—hence the need to place all captured cards face up in a single pile.

Continue to play until no cards remain in any player’s hand or the remaining deck of cards.

Win Stealing Bundles by having the most cards at the end of the game.

About the Author

Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Dana Severson has been writing marketing materials for small-to-mid-sized businesses since 2005. Prior to this, Severson worked as a manager of business development for a marketing company, developing targeted marketing campaigns for Big G, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury, among others.