Everyone wants to be the player that gets moved to the sub list, to the regular rotation list. How do you do that? It’s pretty simple, be the player everyone loves. A few easy tips can get you invited month after month to play bunco.
Be on time
No one enjoys starting 20 or 30 minutes late each time they go Bunco. Often this game is held during the week and people have to get up early in the morning. Be courteous, and show up on time.
Typically most groups meet for just a couple of hours. Many groups start playing on the hour, but everyone shows up 30 minutes in advance to grab some snacks and chat with everyone. Since the game is so dependant upon all of the players, it’s very helpful when everyone shows up a bit ahead of time. If you are just a few minutes late, call or text someone, so people can start the round, and put you in as a ghost.
Set the cell phone down
No one likes a driver to texts and drives at the same time. Bunco is a fast-moving game. Want to show pictures of your children, grandchildren, pets, or your vacation photos? Super, that’s a group activity. Want to randomly text people while you play, that is rude. When you do this you send a signal to others that you aren’t that interested in the game.
Need to see what’s going on in your personal life? Try to do that when you change tables or in between rounds. Rounds are very short, be engaged with your teammate! Be in the moment, and share the excitement with everyone.
Pace the dice after you have finished rolling
When you are finished with the turn, it’s really helpful if you simply pass the dice to the next player. This way the next person knows you are done, and they will feel comfortable beginning their turn. Sometimes tables are really large, and it’s very difficult to reach across a super large table to grab the dice. Be nice, and just pass the dice along to the next person.
Be a good sport
Bunco is a unique game, you are going to be paired with different people all evening long. Bunco is a game of chance. It is very unlikely you are going to be able to highly influence how you win. The evening is really about meeting people and making friends and staying in touch with people. It’s not about winning money for vacations, the groceries, or to retire.
Sure it can be frustrating not winning, but depending on how you divide up the prize money, in becoming the biggest loser you may win something.
be a good guest
My final tip is simply be a good guest. Don’t be the person that leaves their cups, soiled napkins, and plates in a trail as you move from table to table. Dispose of things are you don’t need them. Don’t fuss about how hot or cold someone’s house may be. No one wants to be around someone who complains incessantly.
Count along as other people roll the dice
It’s a great way to stay engaged in the game if you count along as other people roll the dice. You may want to encourage your partner, cheering them on is fun! You may also want to cheer for someone who isn’t your team member when they roll 18 points, even when they roll a Bunco!
These are just a few ideas on how to be the guest everyone wants to invite back. Do you have tips and ideas for good Bunco Etiquette? Share some of your ideas!