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2001
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2 − 6
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Best with 5, 6 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
45 − 60 minutes
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8 and up
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Winner's Circle
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Royal Turf
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A lively game of horse racing where players bet on several of seven horses to try to gain the most money by the end of the game.

A re-issue by Alea of Knizia's Turf Horse Racing published by Gibsons Games. This edition has better graphics and uses the same mechanism of 4 symbols on the horse cards also appearing on the die. Players roll the die and choose which horse you want to move from those not taken their turn yet. The seven horses vary in strength, but even the weakest horses have some amazing bursts of speed. Players bet on the horses before each race and so either co-operate or compete to get their horses over the line. There are money tokens now for the winners, but not enough supplied in the game to pay out properly.

There are various differences between this edition and THR. There are only 3 races instead of 4. The circuit is oval, the horses start in a line of seven places, not all together. In the race, they cannot share spaces so a horse can only move to the next available empty space. This can make it easy to block the ones at the back and it's nearly possible to lap the final horse, or end the race before it's even crossed the start line. I've never seen a horse race where they start nose to tail!

There is a variant where the betting is done secretly with players using a 0 betting chip (for bluffing) in addition to the 2,1 and 1 betting chips of the basic game. There's also a sprint bonus in the race and a penalty for the last horse.

Republished by Face 2 Face Games as "Winner's Circle" in 2006.

"Royal Turf" is #2 in the Alea small box series.

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Publisher: Face2Face Games
Artist: William O'Connor
Year: 2006
Product Code: Not on box
Size: 12.20 x 8.66 x 2.76 inches
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Publisher: alea, Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2001
Product Code: 26 921 1
Size: 9.25 x 7.25 x 1.70 inches
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Artist: Franz Vohwinkel
Year: 2001
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1 Chinese rules
马场大亨简体中文规则
Chinese
2013-08-26
5 Four Horse Mini Expansion
Small Four horse expansion for the game Winner's Circle.
English
2011-10-25
1 Winner's Circle rules (HUN)
Winner's Circle magyar szabályfordítás.
Hungarian
2011-03-28
4 Concise reference sheet by hecose
Concise reference sheet for looking up easy-to-forget rules quickly. Useful if you haven't played the game for some time and need a refresher. Provides a summarised and structured outline to help in teaching a game.
2008-07-22
4 Royal Turf + Turf Horse Racing en Español by manolovila
Royal Turf + Turf Horse Racing Reglas en Español by manolovila
Spanish
2008-04-07
2 Winner's Circle - Guia Rápido de Regras em PORTUGUÊS
Quick rule guide in PORTUGUESE for Winner's Circle (guia rápido de regras em PORTUGUÊS)
Portuguese
2007-12-24
22 Royal Turf - Quick Reference.pdf
PDF version of Quick Reference
2007-07-28
3 WINNERSCIRCLE_REG_ITA.pdf
Italian Rules
2007-01-24
5 Royal Turf horse stats.xls
Royal Turf horse statistics (with movement allowance means & standard deviations)
2006-07-20
7 Winners_Circle_Historical_and_Game_Result_Sheet.xls
A one page sheet listing all the horses from Winner's Circle, including their actual historical race results and space to include their results for you while playing.
2006-07-24
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Episodio 3 – Homínidos 2011 y entrevista a Pol Cors
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BGWS 068 – Horse Racing Games
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Episode 4: There are no Z-Rays
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BGTG 66 - Dec. 8, 2006 - Thanksgiving Leftovers (Qwirkle, Winner's Circle, Harry's Grand Slam Baseball, Hyle7, Make Five) & Feedback
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