Tombola Classic


Tombola is the Italian version of Bingo. However, unlike the American version, where you can make Bingo horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, In Tombola, only horizontally counts. On each card there are 3 rows and 9 columns. In each row, only 5 of the 9 columns are occupied by a number. The other columns are intentionally left blank. • Column 1 contains numbers from 1‐10, • Column 2 contains numbers from 11‐20, • Column 3 contains numbers from 21‐30, • Column 9 contains numbers from 81‐90. Numbers are pulled out of a rotating drum, or, with home games, a bag. The person who pulls the number out of the drum is called the tombolone. The tombolone uses a master card on which the numbers from 1‐90 are written in sequential order. The tombolone proceeds to pull and announce numbers from the rotating drum one at a time. He/she will then typically announce the number in Italian (and sometimes in English, depending on the audience). Each number typically also has a little name or rhyme that goes along with it, which the tombolone will also announce. For example: If the number 25 is called, then the tombolone will shout out ʺVenticinque—Nataleʺ. (The connection being 25 is the date of Christmas, which in Italian is Natale.) If the number 33 is called, then the tombolone will shout out ʺTrentatre— Llʹanne Gesu Cristoʺ. (The connection here is that Jesus lived on Earth for 33 years.) As each number is called out, players cover that number on their cards. Most tombola sets that you can buy come with little plastic beans, or fagioli. (You can even use real beans if you run out of the plastic ones.) Tombola is traditionally played for money. Each card costs a set amount (10¢ or 25¢). Players can purchase as many cards as they wish, except for the tombolone, who must purchase 6 cards. The total pot will be divided into 5 smaller prizes. Each prize goes to the winner of the 5 individual rounds which make up a complete tombola game. The 5 rounds of a tombola game are: 1. Ambo: 1st person to cover 2 numbers in a row 2. Terno: 1st person to cover 3 numbers in a row 3. Quaderno: 1st person to cover 4 numbers in a row 4. Quinto: 1st person to cover 5 numbers in a row 5. Tombola: 1st person to cover all 15 numbers on the card When one person has covered 2 out of the 5 numbers in a horizontal row, he/she will call out Ambo. Then the game stops and the person collects his/her prize. The game continues, with prizes are collected for the winners of the Terno, Quaderno, and Quinto rounds. The person who finally covers all of the numbers on his/her card calls out Tombola, and is considered the winner of the game. (Usually the pot for the Tombola round is larger than those of the other rounds.)

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  • Manufactured by: Orazio Lovane

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 10 February, 2017.

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