Tuesday, April 05th, 2011 | Author:

Hello future bunco players!

Are you looking for official Bunco Rules?

Well, I’m here to tell you that there really isn’t a set of “official” bunco rules! That opens the door to all sorts of bunco fun!

“Tell me how to play bunco!” Well, bunco does have rules … but officially, there are no SET rules.

Set up 3 tables: Head Table, Middle Table and Losing Table. (Some groups call them High, Middle, and Low). On each table you should have a score sheet, pencils and 3 dice. A bell is placed on the Head Table and a large fuzzy die is placed on the Losing Table.

Who sits where? Take 12 individual score cards and number them 1-12. Have each person draw a card. 1-4 sits at the Head Table, 5-8 at the Middle Table, 9-12 at the Losing Table. They would also sit in that order at each table, so teammates can be decided. Teammates are sitting across from each other. Pick one person on each team to tally points during each round.

There are 6 rounds in each set of Bunco. The Head table starts and ends the round by ringing the bell. The scorekeeper at each table is the first to roll. Players gain points by rolling 3 dice. For each round, players try to roll the same number as the round (i.e. in Round 3, rolling a dice with 3 dots). This is also called the target number. One point is given for each target number rolled. For example, in round 3 you roll a 1, a 2, and a 3. The “3″ would give you one point.

5 points are given when you roll three of a kind of any number BUT the Target number, and when you roll 3 dice with the Target number on it, you earn 21 points. Of course, you have to loudly yell out “BUNCO” to get those points, but you’ll be so excited – that will be easy! Make sure you give yourself on your score sheet one Bunco point.

Players roll as long as they continue scoring one or more points. When they do not throw at least one dice with the Target number, or 3 of a kind, they pass the dice to the player on the left. The scorekeeper then records the score on the Tally Pad as a temporary team score.

The round is over at any table when one team reaches 21 points. When the Head Table reaches 21 points, they ring the bell and the round is over for everyone. Players at the Middle and Losing table do get to finish their rolls, however. Every player gets at least one roll per round.

The winning team from the Middle Table and Losing Table move up to a higher table. The losing team from the Head table moves to the low table. During the switch, partners are changed. This is why it’s important to keep your own score sheet. Write a W (win) or L (lose) on your sheet for each round. Also remember to mark down any Buncos you had during that round.

Some groups play two sets of Bunco, and then take a break to eat or snack. Then they continue with 2 more sets. The game ends when all 4 sets have been completed. Each person then totals their Buncos, Wins and Losses from each round and writes the totals at the bottom of their sheets. Prizes are then given out.

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