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Bunco Terms

Bunco is a fast paced yet easy game played with dice.

Bunco Baby
The bunco baby is used when there are not enough players at a table. It can be a doll, a stuffed animal, or anything else that can be used to substitute for a player.

Head Table
The head table rings the bell to start a new round. When a team at the head table reaches a score of 25 points, or rolls a bunco, the bell is rung to end the round. The head table is also referred to as table #1.

Intended Number
The intended number is the number that players are rolling for. In round 1 the intended number is 1, in round 2 the intended number is 2 and so forth.

Rolling a Bunco
When a player rolls a three of a kind number which is the number currently being rolled for, she has rolled a bunco. A bunco is worth 25 points.

There are 6 rounds of play in each of the 4 sets. Players start by rolling for ones in the first round, twos in the second round, threes, fours, fives and lastly sixes in the sixth round. A new set is repeated until all sets have been completed.

There are 4 sets each containing 6 rounds of play.

The number of tables needed for bunco depends on the number of people that will be playing. At each table there will be 4 players. Therefore, if 12 players are playing, 3 tables will be needed. If 16 players are playing, 4 tables will be needed. Tables may be labled as the head table (or table #1), table #2, table #3, and so on.

Three of a Kind
If a player rolls 3 dice that are all the same number, but not the intended number, she has rolled a three of a kind. A three of a kind is tallied as 5 points.