Bunco games mean bunco prizes!
A prize can be anything, and depends on what the group decides when they are organizing a bunco group.
As the game goes along, everyone will need to keep track of their status on a bunco score sheet. (Download our free bunco score sheet here)
A good score sheet will include a place for you to keep track of your total wins and losses.
Common categories for prizes at a bunco game are:
Some groups determine than a person may only win one prize. How could someone be eligible for more than one prize? An example is a person who has just rolled the last bunco, and also has the most buncos. Should they be allowed to keep both prizes?
Some groups say yes, and others say no. If no, you'll need to determine which prize they will get. One option is for the winner to pick which category they win, and then let another player win the other category.
Groups should plan what to do if more than one person is eligible for prize. Suppose two people tie for most wins. What will you do? Many groups have a "roll off", with winner take all. Another option is to split the prize between the two players.
Many groups collect an amount of money from each player at the beginning of the game and then distribute it to the winners at the end. Most groups that play for money prizes ask bunco players to contribute between $5 and $15 to the prize pot at each gunco dice game. Typically awards are given to players with the:
Most wins usually gets the biggest prize, with most loses getting the smaller prize.You can split the prizes anyway you like, but it is important to be consistent from month to month. You can also add additional prizes, such as a pity prize to those who don't win any money. One group of twelve players collects $10 at every game and awards $50 for most wins, $30 for most buncos, $20 for last bunco, and $12 for most losses, and $1 each to the remaining 8 players as a pity prize.
I was told about another group that has each player bring quarters to each bunco game. Before each round, each player will ante in with a quarter. At the end of the round, the winners at the table will take the quarters and split them. If someone rolls a bunco, they take all the quarters at their table. In this way players win prizes with each round, rather than at the end of the night.
Some groups collect money and distribute prizes at the end of the night.
Having a bunco party theme will lend itself to theme bunco prizes!
If you are having a western night, pick prizes with a western flair. A beach blanket bunco party? Then prizes that go along with a beach theme.
Other ideas for prizes for bunco games:
You can also give out bunco themed gifts...
Popular bunco themed prizes are:
For some groups, the hostess collects money from each player and purchases the gifts.In other groups, each player brings a gift. These can be distributed at the end of the night as a white elephant gift exchange with winners getting to pick their bunco gifts first.If you can't find any bunco themed gifts you like, take a look at casino theme party gifts. You might find something with dice on it that would work.
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