For eleven years I have been playing in a Bunco group that meets monthly! We even held virtual game nights during the pandemic! If you’ve ever wanted to host a Bunco night yourself, read on to hear how to host a bunco night!
What is Bunco?
Bunco is a dice game. The goal of the game is simply to roll a particular number on the die. Bunco is outrageously easy to play, I promise.
How Do You Play Bunco?
Like every game, Bunco sounds more complicated than it is when you’re talking about it. It’s EASY to play. Truly. All you need to do is roll dice and looking for numbers 1-6. Read on for more details about how to play.
How many players do you need to play Bunco?
Bunco is typically played with twelve players. The twelve players are divided into three groups of four. Each group plays at a separate table.
Setting Up Your Bunco Game
Within each group of four there are two partners. The partners typically sit across from each other.
Designate one table as the head table.
At the start of round one, the head table rings a bell to signal that play has begun.
In each game you are rolling for a goal number. So, in game one, you are rolling for ones. In game two, you are rolling for twos. This continues for numbers one through six.
On your turn roll three dice. If you roll the goal number on any of the dice (or a baby bunco – see below), you keep rolling. Every time you roll that number counts as one point. As soon as you roll three dice without rolling a goal number, your turn is over and play continues clockwise.
Scoring – one point for each goal number rolled
Bunco – 21 points if you roll the goal number on all three dice in one roll.
Baby Bunco (also called mini buncos) 5 points for rolling three of any other number on a single roll.
The round ends once the team at the head table earns 21 points. Ring a bell to signal the end of the round. If a player is in the middle of a roll, keep rolling until you no longer earn points.
On the next game you are rolling for twos. The round continues until you’ve played one game for each number 1-6. You can play as many rounds as you choose. Our group typically plays two rounds, or twelve total games.
What Supplies Do I Need for Bunco?
Dice – Three dice for each table of four
Score Cards (see below for our free printable scorecards!)
Pens or Pencils
A bell (optional)
Free Printable Bunco Score Cards
Download and Print Bunco Scoresheets
These scoresheets are for personal use only.
Customize Your Bunco Scorecards
How Long Does it Take to Play Bunco?
While there are a lot of factors at play, it takes roughly 30 minutes to play a full game, six rounds, of Bunco.
What Are Some Good Prizes for Bunco?
I’ve heard it said that some people ask all of their players to buy in to each night of Bunco for a small fee, ranging from $10 – $20.
Technically that would be gambling so we’re not recommending that.
If you’re looking for an alternative, the host can provide small prizes, like gift cards, for the winners.
Gift for the Bunco Biggest Loser
I’ve played in a few different Bunco groups and often the person with the most losses wins a prize. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting their original buy in back.
In my current Bunco group, the host puts together a “Biggest Loser” gift. It has become a challenge to see who can come up with the wackiest items to include in the gift. The items feel like things that wouldn’t even qualify for a white elephant gift exchange!
Bunco Snacks and Treats
Have fun with this!
We start with drinks and appetizers as everyone is arriving. Then we make sure to have candy on every table while people are playing.
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