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- Contains: 74 premium quality cards, silver toned bell and rules
- Fast-Paced and Fun!
- Great for group play!
- 3-8 players
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Pit comes neatly boxed with a set of durable game cards, instructions, and a heavy-duty metal bell that's great for slamming. There are rules included for a silent bidding version of the game, but jumping up and down, gesticulating wildly, and shouting yourself hoarse is half the fun. --George Laney
Top Customer Reviews
A simple game to learn, ALL ages can enjoy this game together. 7 year olds could play this game and the adults don't necessarily have an advantage over the kids, which makes it fun for everyone.
Be ready to be LOUD - right now I can hear shouts of "Three, three, three" and laughter and I'm not even on the same floor as the Pit-Players!
I read in another review that this game was introduced in 1904. Obviously, this is a game that has staying power! Isn't it great that even with modern technology which allowed me to purchase this game online, we can enjoy games that were invented decades ago!
Turn off the TV, and spend time with your family playing games. Go make some memories!
The trading bell rings and the room erupts in shouts of "Three! Three! Three!" "Four! Four! Four!" "Two! Two Two!" Shares fly from trader to trader. Hmm. . .3 more shares of corn. Are you going to make it? Or is someone else going to ring the bell first and stop the trading? "Two! Two! Two!" you shout. Another trader responds. The last 2 shares of corn! You lunge at the bell, smack the ringer and yell "Corner!"
Since it was first introduced in 1904, PIT continues to entertain new generations of game players grown weary of video and computer games. Consisting of a deck of cards and a desk bell, Deluxe PIT adds the clang of the trading bell to the excitement. For even more of a challenge, you can throw in the Bull and Bear cards that can either double your score or plunge you into debt.
While the instructions give additional rules for a "silent" game in which the players hold up fingers to indicate their trades, here's another variation which goes even further in creating the feeling of a trading floor:
Play the regular "loud" game but set the bell in the middle of a card table. Play STANDING UP so the players can mix, mingle, reach across each other, and REALLY have to lunge for the bell. You'll never laugh so hard or have more fun playing PIT.
The commodities market developed in the 19th century as the modern agricultural economy began to grow in the U.S. When many farmers faced bankruptcy during lean times of the winter season, "forward contracts" -- an agreement between a buyer and a seller on a price, quantity, and a future delivery date of a particular commodity like wheat or beans or coffee -- started to appear. Between the time of the contract purchase and the delivery, the price of the commodity could change rapidly and violently in either direction, so to protect themselves, merchants would travel to Chicago to trade their various contracts and agree on a later delivery date. The location where they traded (originally a room above a flour store) became The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) -- also know as "THE PIT." Today we see the The Pit on television every day, where traders dash about desperately yelling and giving signals to buy or trade contracts on wheat, soybeans, Eurodollars, heating oil, gold, and so forth. (Actually, I work in a commodities brokerage firm and live this madness every day.)
And thus arose this long-lived, legendary card game. By 1904, when the game was first published, the commodities market had exploded into a major economic force in the country, and one in which speculators could lose or gains millions in a short period of time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this game! I think it's fairly overpriced, though. You basically pay $5 more for a bell. But, love the game itself and had a blast playing it with my friends for my... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you don't have this game but like playing with friends and family you need to add this to your game arsenal. It is so fun!Published 6 days ago by apalmer333
This classic game is usually the life of the party! We have played it with friends of our daughter who do not speak English. No problem - they only need to know how to count!Published 8 days ago by Jan Janzen
Such a great game... It gets a little loud.. But it is quick and fun for all most ages.Published 10 days ago by Jen B
Great game and love the idea of the bell. Wish they would put extra bulls and bears in the deck because they always get torn, bent or scuffed within just a few games.Published 18 days ago by Ham52005
I had never heard of this game until my in laws told me to buy it. The ENTIRE family had a riot playing on thanksgiving. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jacqueline W.
Pit is one of the most entretaining card games in the market. The bell is a nice touchPublished 20 days ago by Armando
awesome game---had an old beat up one...you will love it--fast action gamePublished 20 days ago by bill