Stop the Bus

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About Stop the Bus

Stop the Bus” is a captivating card game, also known as “31”, “Scat”, “Blitz”, or “Ride the Bus”, that blends strategic play with a dash of luck. It is a draw and discard game played with a standard 52-card deck. The game is suitable for 2 to 9 players, but it’s best enjoyed with 3 to 4 players. Each player starts with three tokens, representing lives, and the objective is to avoid being the player with the lowest hand value and losing all tokens.

In “Stop the Bus,” the goal is to collect cards of the same suit to get as close as possible to 31 points. Aces are valued at 11 points, while face cards (Kings, Queens, and Jacks) are worth 10 points. An interesting twist is that any three of a kind, regardless of the suit, is worth 30 points. Players take turns drawing a card from the stock or discard pile, aiming to improve their hand without exceeding the 31-point limit. The game’s strategy hinges on deciding the right moment to “stop the bus,” securing your hand and forcing other players to play one final round before comparing hands.

The game ends when all but one player have been eliminated, the survivor being the winner. “Stop the Bus” is known for its simplicity yet engaging gameplay, making it a popular choice for family and group play. It’s also available in various online formats, allowing players to enjoy it on different platforms and devices​​​​​​.

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