ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Army News Service, Jan. 30, 2009) - Bunco nights will be offered at select Army Clubs or Food and Beverage locations to authorized patrons this spring, as a Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command promotion called "It's Bunco Time!"

In 2008, more than 4,500 players took part in "It's Bunco Time!" parties Army-wide. While traditionally a ladies night out - Bunco began as a family parlor game - many locations participating in the 2008 promotion had men turn out to play as well.

This year, prizes are designed to appeal to both guys and gals, and anyone over 18 is welcome to join in the fun. The three-month promotion kicks off in March and runs through the end of May. Bunco is easy to learn and play, FMWRC officials said, and beginners are welcome.

Themes this year are: Indulgence Night, Gourmet Night and Entertainment Night. Prizes will include gift cards from Williams-Sonoma,,, Bath & Body Works, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble.

In addition to gift cards, there will be smaller prizes for early registrants and drawings between games. On Entertainment Night, lucky winners at each installation will take home an 8-gigabyte iPod Nano or an MP3 player.

For specific dates and times of "It's Bunco Time!" at installations, visit or check the local MWR calendar.

The Bunco night promotion is being conducted in partnership with the World Bunco Association, Brown-Forman Beverages (Gentleman Jack and Southern Comfort brands) and the Defense Commissary Agency. For more information about the game, including a complete set of rules and common terminology used during play, visit