Hi, my name is Windy, and this is how to play Bunco. Bunco is played in large groups of four, divisible by four. Everyone is separated into tables, four at each table, and the people who are facing each other are considered a team. But at the end of each round, the teams are switched up according to the points that were taken.
So, there are six rounds in a game of Bunco. Round one, you roll the dice, you have three dice, each person has three dice, so the first person on the table rolls their dice and they try to get as many ones as possible because this is round one. For each of the correct number that you roll, you get one point. So this roll here, which is two ones and a six. It would get one two points. If I rolled three of a kind, that would be a twenty one.
Which is the highest score. This is called a Bunco when you roll a three of a kind on the correct round. If you roll three of a kind such as fives, but you’re not on the fifth round, it’s incorrect for the round, you still get five points for any triplet that is correct for the round.
So, it’s very simple. Someone keeps score. And you can keep going. You keep going until you’re not able to score points anymore, such as this roll here, which is not triplets, and it’s not ones. You keep going until you can’t score points anymore, or until you get twenty one either by adding it up or by rolling a Bunco. Then the play passes to the left of the person still in round one, rolls for their ones, and it continues.
When all four people have played, at the head table, who sets the pace for the game, then they go to round two and shout it out, and you should shout out Bunco when you get it because it’s part of the point. Playing the game. So round two, everyone rolls, and they try to get twos, threes, and so forth all the way up to six. That’s one hand of Bunco.
Then everyone compares their score and the people with the highest scores play here. Then people with lower scores go down. Scores are kept by team, which is the person facing you, and individual for how many Buncos that you win.
And they are assigned a point value at the end of the game determined before the game, whoever gets the most points are often given a door prize. The actual point of Bunco is to play a game and socialize a lot. People often gather and dress up in costumes, or have a theme party. Bunco is purely the luck of the dice.
It’s not like Yahtzee, where you get to decide if you’re going to re roll a die or something. So, there’s no skill involved in Bunco. The real point is to get together with your friends. And that’s how to play Bunco.