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The Original Bucketo

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Do you enjoy playing cornhole, ladder golf, horseshoes, washers and other yard games? If so, you will love Bucketo. Players attempt to toss chains into the bucket, or onto the edge of the bucket to score the maximum points. It can be played at the park, beach, backyard and even in your living room. This is an exceptionally fun game for 2 or 4 Players.

How to Play


For standard play, place the bucket in the desired location and measure 15 feet away from the front edge of the bucket, this will be the "toss point", which can be marked with a stick, rope, old shoe, etc. A flat, level surface free of obstacles is best. Each Player is given 3 chains of the same unique color, which will remain their color during a game. Children may play at a distance of 5 or 10ft.


Each Player's turn will consist of 3 separate tosses of a single chain, in sequence, and then the other Player will have their turn of 3 tosses. After both Players have made their tosses, the round is complete, and the bucket will be scored. In each following round, the Player that previously tossed last will now toss first, thus providing 6 consecutive tosses spread across 2 rounds. The Player to throw first each round is to score the bucket and retrieve the chains. - This enables Players to "maintain a rhythm".


12 chains are required to play 2 Teams of 2. The first Team to score 34 or more points wins. The last Team to toss during a Round throws first on the next. This gives Teams 12 consecutive tosses. 6 (3 per Player) tosses on the back of one round and 6 tosses on the front of the next. The Team to throw first each round is to score the bucket and retrieve the chains. Players on the same Team may decide who tosses first for each round but each Player must throw 3 chains per round.


Chains hanging over a single bucket edge are worth 3 points each.

Chains lying inside the bucket are worth 1 point each.

Chains draping across the top of the bucket or doubled over a single bucket edge, at a rounds end, are automatic game winners! These are chains that hang on the bucket at two points.

The Player that scores the most points for that round will be awarded all points scored by both Players - winner (of the round) takes all!

If there is a tie in the individual scores for that round, then zero points are awarded - they cancel each other out!

The game ends when one Player has the highest score of 17 points or more.

Scoring example:

Player A has 1 chain edge-hanging and another chain completely inside the bucket = 4 points.

Player B has 2 chains hanging on the bucket's edge = 6 points.

Player B wins this round and would add 10 points to their total score.


There is no limit to the total number of rounds that must be played to declare a winner.

Chains that hit the ground then bounce into the bucket or hang on the bucket's edge are legal.

During play, position and location of chains on the bucket may change - This is entirely normal, and may be a strategic desire, or an accidental, self-inflicted crushing blow!

Players may purposely knock hanging chains in or out of the bucket during a toss.

Each Player must make 3 tosses of one chain each on their turn, but on a toss they may elect to miss the bucket entirely - There is no requirement that each toss be an attempt to score.

The bucket shall not be obstructed by opponents during play.

Opponents shall not physically interfere with the Player taking their turn, but good-natured talk is permitted.

If previously agreed, multiple games can be played to create a "best of (3, 5, or 7)" match - i.e. some odd number of total games. Each new game starts with scores zeroed. With each game of a match, the Player or Team that goes first will alternate. The first Player or Team to win the "best of" the number of match games will be declared the overall match winner.

For the toss, chains can only be held in, on or around the hand with no "accessories" (sticks, cups, tennis rackets, etc.) to aid the Player's toss. (Exceptions can be made for physically disabled Players).

Chains can be tossed in any fashion, and held in whatever manner desired prior to the toss, but are not permitted to be tied in a knot. No foreign substance, binding or covering material is permitted to be applied or affixed to the chains. Your sweaty paws are an exception.

If a chain toss or throw knocks over a bucket, then that Player or Team will automatically lose that game.

Players' toes may touch the "toss point" marker (stick, line, rope, etc.) but may not cover it or extend past it. The Player may lean forward during their toss, but their toes must adhere to the "toss point".

Adult supervision is required when children are playing. Keep it safe.