SOLDOTNA — Following the crisp ring of a tarnished hand bell, the sporadic clack of rolling dice echoes through Etta Mae Near’s Soldotna home on Friday evening. Another round of ‘Bunco’ has begun.
Twelve players, sitting in groups of four at three tables, take turns counting up their own, their partners and their opponents’ scores. Inevitably, minutes into the round, one of twelve women exclaims, “Bunco!” Victorious.
“You have got to be careful,” said Mary Elliot. “You might get hooked on this game.”