Bolivian Canasta is played the same as four-player Canasta except:
- There are 3 decks of 52 cards plus 6 jokers, making a deck of 162 cards.
- Game is to 15,000 points.
- Each player is dealt 15 cards.
- When drawing from the stock, a player takes two cards and only one card is discarded
- Three to seven wild cards can form a meld. A canasta of 7 wild cards is called a Bolivia and is worth 2500 points.
- A sequence of three of more cards is a valid meld. EXAMPLE: 5, 6, 7. The cards rank from A (high) to four (low)--wild cards and threes are not involved. A seven card sequence without any wilds cards is called an Escalera and is worth 1500 points.
- Inital melds: a negative score needs 15 points; 0-1495 needs 50 pts.; 1500-2995 needs 90 pts.; 3000-6995 needs 120 pts.; 7000 or more needs 150 pts.
- Two canastas are required to go out and at least one of the m must be an Escalera. A black three left in the hand counts negative 100. A black three melded conts only 5 points.
- Reds threes count 100 points each; all six are worth 1000 points. They count plus if partnership has melded two canastas or any kind, otherwise they are negative.