OBJECTIVE OF BOUCHON: Be the last player remaining. 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3-12 players 

RANK OF CARDS: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 

MATERIALS: A standard 52-card deck, 1 less corks than the number of players, paper and pencil, and a flat surface.  

TYPE OF GAME: Matching Card Game 



Bouchon is a matching card game for 3 to 12 players. The goal of the game is to not be eliminated, and be the last player remaining.  


The corks are put in the center of the table so that all players may reach them. The dealer (who also participates) deals each player four cards. Players pass one card from their hand to the left. This is done simultaneously, placing the unwanted card face-down on the table and sliding over. After players pick up the card on their right, add it to their hand, and repeat. The goal is to create a hand with a four of a kind, or four cards of equal rank. 


Once a player has a four of a kind, do not announce it, and quickly reach into the middle to grab a cork. After the first player grabs a cork, all other players must follow as fast as possible despite their hand. The player who is left without a cork is penalized. They write one letter of Bouchon at a time each time they lose. If you have the full word and lose a round you are eliminated. When a player is eliminated remove one cork from the game.  

The game continues with one fewer corks until there are two players and one cork.  

The last player to remain is the winner.  

Amber Crook
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