OBJECTIVE OF POPA PROSTUL: The objective of Popa Prostul is to be the last player remaining.   

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3 to 12 players  

MATERIALS: A standard 52-card deck plus one joker, a way to keep score, and a flat surface.  

TYPE OF GAME: Passing Card Game  

AUDIENCE: Kids, Teens, Adults  


Popa Prostul is a passing card game for 3 to 12 players. The goal is for you to be the only player remaining.   


The dealer is chosen at random. The dealer will shuffle the deck and deal each player 4 cards. The dealer will deal themselves 5 cards.  


After the cards are dealt each player will pick up their hand. The dealer will immediately discard one card to the left. Players will then simultaneously pass one unwanted card to their left, and take the passes card from the player to their right. The dealer will be drawing from the remaining stockpile to their right and the last player will be discarding to a discard pile to their left.   

Then players once again take an unwanted card from their hand and pass it to their left and draw the passed card from their right.   

This continues at any pace until a player has a hand of 4 cards all of the same rank.   

Players may never have more than 4 cards (5 cards for the dealer) in their hand. They may not draw the passed card from their right (or the dealer from the stock) until they have passed a card to their left. A player also cannot pass a card to their left until their previously passed card has been drawn.   

If a player takes the joker into their hand, they may not immediately discard it. They must pass one other card from their hand before they are allowed to pass the joker.  

Once a player has 4 of a kind, they do not say anything. They simply put their cards face up on the table to show their four of a kind. After this all players may put their cards on the table. The last player to do so is eliminated.  

The first person to complete 4 of a kind becomes the new dealer for the next round.   


The last player to remain once all others are eliminated is the winner.   

Amber Crook
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