Mancala Rules

  1. The Mancala 'board' is made up of two rows of six pits each.
  2. Four pieces -- marbles or stones -- are placed in each of the 12 pits.
  3. Each player has a 'store' to the right side of the Mancala board.
  4. The game begins with one player picking up all of the pieces in any one of the pits on his side.
  5. Moving counter-clockwise, the player deposits one of the pieces in each pit until the pieces run out.
  6. If you run into your own store, deposit one piece in it. If you run into your opponent's store, skip it.
  7. If the last piece you drop is in your own store, you get a free turn.
  8. If the last piece you drop is in an empty pit on your side across from a non-empty pit, you capture that piece and the pieces in the pit directly opposite. Place the captured pieces in your store.
  9. The game ends when all six spaces on one side of the Mancala board are empty.
  10. The player who still has pieces on his side of the board when the game ends captures all of those pieces and places them in his store.
  11. Count all the pieces in each store. The winner is the player with the most pieces.