Game Summary Edit

Using 3 dice get a three-of-a-kind for the number that corresponds to the round, IE: three 1's in Round One and three 2's in Round Two traditionally ending with a total of six rounds.

Playing the Game Edit

There's a great deal of variation but there are some widely recognized Bunco standards: there are generally six rounds, progressing in order from round one to six, where the number of the round serves as the target for the rolls. Within a round, players alternate turns rolling three dice, aiming to obtain the target number. Players gain one point for each die matching the target. If the player gets three-of-a-kind of the target number (a Bunco), they get 21 points. The round stops when a player at a head table obtains 21 points. Whoever wins the most rounds is the overall winner.

Bunco dice

A more elaborate explanation of tournament play gets a little more complicated.

With larger games Bunco is traditionally played with 12 players who are divided into three tables with 4 players at each table. But really, any number can play.

A game of Bunco is played in two to four sets, with six rounds in each set. A player at the head table rings a bell to signal the beginning and end of each round. During the game, players at each table take turns rolling three dice to try and earn points. All tables play simultaneously.

During each round, players attempt to roll the same number as the number of the round. For every number rolled that matches the round number, one point is awarded to that player. A player keeps rolling until they score no points. The scorekeeper then records the score they earned onto the table tally as the temporary team score. Then the dice are passed to the player on the left.

When the head table has earned 21 points, the round is over. The head table rings a bell to signal that the round has ended. At the end of every round, players change partners and/or tables. At the end of a game, there are typically multiple "winners." The player(s) with the most Buncos, wins, losses, etc, may earn prizes for their successes.

Additional Resources and References Edit -- The Wikipedia article proved helpful for basic info and tracking down resources. -- A lot of the tournament rules text is based on this article. -- An article on how to play Bunco at dice-play, a dice and craps website. -- A brief history of Bunco at the World Bunco Association website.

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