HOW TO PLAY BUNCO

Bunco is a social, group dice game that requires no skill.  Players attempt to roll specific numbers on the dice depending on the round.  Roll a 3-of-a-kind during the matching for a Bunco!  The following video tutorial and explanation is for 12 players.  Also, find a printable scorecard below.

Bunco Tutorial:

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BUNCO Scorecard
Needed: Multiple of 4 players; 3 dice for every 4 players; pen and scorecards

Setup: Each table needs 4 players divided into 2 teams.  Teammates sit across from each other.  The tables are labeled with one as the head table and any other tables are numbered.

Objective: Win rounds by scoring more points than your opponents.  Points are scored by rolling matching numbers on the dice of the round number.

Game Score:  Rolling 1 matching number is 1 point.  Rolling 2 matching numbers is 2 points.  Rolling 3 matching numbers is a Bunco and is 21 points.  Rolling 3 dice of a kind in a different number than the round, is 5 points.  

  • Round 1 = 1s
  • Round 2 = 2s
  • Round 3 = 3s
  • Round 4 = 4s
  • Round 5 = 5s
  • Round 6 = 6s

Game Play: The first player begins rolling and collecting points.  If a player’s roll contains at least 1 point, that player gets to roll again.  Once a player rolls no points the dice move clockwise to the next player.  The player’s accumulated points are recorded for that team.  Once a team at the head table scores 21 or more points a sound is made to signal the round is over.  The current rollers at the other tables continue to roll until a no point roll to finish their turns.  If the score is tied, each player gets one more turn.  The team with the most points after all players had one more turn wins the round.  6 rounds make up 1 game.  The amount of games played can be determined by the amount of time available.

Player Score:  The players on the teams that scored more points during the round record a “W” for the round.  The player on the teams that scored less points than their opponents record an “L” for the round.  Each individual player that rolled a Bunco during the round will record a tally under the Bunco section of the player scorecard.

Team Switch:  After each round players switch tables and partners.  The 2 players that won the round move one table ahead.  For example, winners at table 2 move ahead to table 1.  The 2 players that lost at the head table move to the last table.  Players will change seats so that each player has a different partner than the previous round.  

Overall Winners: It is common for each player to ante a small amount of money into a pot.  There are different variations to the payouts after all the games are played.  A simple payout may look like the following:

  • Most Losses = ante returned
  • Last Bunco = ante returned
  • Most Wins = 50% of remaining pot
  • Most Buncos = Other 50% of remaining pot
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