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Sungka (pronounced SOONG-kah) is a game played on a solid wooden block with two rows of seven circular holes and two large holes at both ends called “head”.

The game begins with 49 game pieces (shells, marbles, pebbles or seeds) equally distributed to alternate holes – seven pieces in every other hole – except “heads” which remain empty. Sungka requires two players. Each player controls the seven holes on his side of the board and owns the “head” to his right. The goal is to accumulate as many pieces in your own “head”.

The first player removes all pieces from the hole on the extreme left of on his side. He then distributes them anti-clockwise — one in each hole to the right of that hole — omitting an opponent’s “head” but not a player’s own “head”.

If the last piece falls into an occupied hole then all the pieces are removed from that hole, and are distributed in the same way (to the right of that hole) in another round. This player’s (current) turn ends when the last piece falls into an empty hole on the opponent’s side.

The other player chooses which hole he wishes to start from, removes the pieces and distributes them – one in each hole to the right of that chosen hole. If a player has no pieces on his side of the board when it is his turn, then he must pass.

The game ends when no pieces are left in any hole on both sides of the board. The players now count the number of pieces in their own “head” and see who has won.

This game (with variations) is also played in other southeast asian countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia where it is known as “Congkak”.


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Billionaire tobacco tycoon Michael Bambang Hartono may not be the oldest competitor at the Asian Games, but he is the richest. The 78-year-old head of cigarette giant Djarum Group is set to represent host Indonesia on its bridge team at the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event, which kicks off Saturday in Jakarta and co-host city Palembang. 

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