Bunco

bunco1What is Bunco? Wikipedia has this to say: Bunco was originally played in 18th-century England where it was known as “8-Dice cloth.” It was imported to San Francisco as a gambling activity in 1855, where it gave its name to gambling parlors, or “Bunco parlors,” and more generally to any swindle. After the Civil War the game evolved to a popular parlor game. During the 1920s and Prohibition, Bunco was re-popularized as a gambling game, often associated with a speakeasy. Law-enforcement groups raiding these parlors came to be known as “Bunco squads.” Bunco as a family game saw a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s. According to the World Bunco Association the game had seen a resurgence in popularity in the United States in the early 21st century. In 2006, it was claimed that during the previous year (in the USA) “over 59 million women have played Bunco and over 27 million play regularly.” As it is played today, Bunco is a social dice game involving 100% luck and no skill (there are no decisions to be made), scoring and a simple set of rules. Members of a Bunco club take turns hosting, providing snacks, refreshments and the tables to set up the games. The host/hostess may also provide a door prize. Small amounts of money can be involved as well. The object of the game is to accumulate points and to roll certain combinations. The winners get prizes (provided by the host/hostess or pooled from the club resources) for accomplishments such as the highest score, the lowest score, or the most buncos. Prizes frequently center on themes associated with the game such as fancy dice, dice embedded in soap, t-shirts featuring illustrations of dice, etc. Bunco fundraisers have become increasingly popular over the years, earning large sums for a wide variety of charities. Large groups of bunco players have come together to support their favorite charities by paying an entry fee into the game, holding silent auctions, and by selling raffle tickets with all proceeds from the event donated to the cause. According to the Washington Post, Bunco is sometimes referred to as the housewife’s drinking game. Whew, that’s probably more than you needed to know! Aren’t you sorry you asked?

POC: Jan Casity 817-7561 or email me
When: First and Third Wednesdays 
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Where: Community Center Multi-Purpose Room
Cost: $5.00 Rules
Disclaimer: House rules always rule.

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