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Winner's Circle

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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Family Game Nominee, 2007

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 45+ minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Manufacturer(s): Face 2 Face Games

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Product Description

THEY'RE AT THE POST... As the crowd tenses with anticipation one can only wonder what's going on in the minds of these seven men and their mounts, these "equines for the ages" will soon settle that long asked question "Who's the greatest of all time?"... And... THEY'RE OFF!

In Winner's Circle you are right in the middle of a classic day of racing. Which horse is the favorite? Does the long-shot have a real chance? How high are the betting ratios? Which bet promises the highest profit? Once the field is announced you must place your bets. You then take turns rolling the special die and moving the horse of your choice. Will you advance the horse you are backing or impede those horses backed by the other players? While having multiple players back the same horse improves its odds of winning it also lowers the payouts, and there are still no guarantees of victory. At the end of the running the best bets payoff. After 3 races the player with the most winnings is triumphant.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Family Game Nominee, 2007

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

  • Manufacturer(s): Face 2 Face Games

  • Artist(s): William O'Connor

  • Year: 2006

  • Players: 2 - 6

  • Time: 45 or more minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 1,227 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English).


  • 1 game board
  • 7 horses
  • 28 horse cards
  • 6 color cards
  • 24 betting chips
  • 1 pace chip
  • money
  • 1 special die
  • rules

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.9 in 15 reviews

by A Gamer
Lots of fun to play with experienced gamers and anyone else
January 20, 2006
We played this game in Germany and in Portland at our game club. It's lots of fun to play with experienced gamers and anyone else too. You need both a little bit of strategy and luck too. We really recommend this just for lots of fun it doesnt bore people who arent used to playing hard strategy games and its pretty affordable too.


by Ynnen
Excellent, light bidding/racing game
February 22, 2004

I was completely caught off guard by how much I enjoyed Royal Turf and how well received it's been by my gaming groups. The rules are simple and straightforward, but despite the first glace that this is a simple game, there is far more at work.

Players take turns moving horses around the track to get them to Win/Place/Show after each race. By observing your opponents' actions -- which horses they move how far, how they react to other player's movement of certain horses -- you can try to determine who is rooting for which horse. Since there is a 'zero' or fake bid in the mix, you can never be quite sure which horses a player is pulling for except through their behavior.

The game plays very quickly, and since you play several races back-to-back for a complete circuit, you are never truly 'out' of the game if you perform poorly in the first race or two. There is also often collusion among players to completely decimate a horse they believe the current winner is bidding large on -- which can sometimes have unpredictable results!

A fine game with excellent components, a quick learning curve and incredibly high replay value. Highly recommende.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
January 23, 2004

This is one of the more fun games we have played in years. We played with my family over and over again. It was easy to learn and equally fun for a variety of ages (9 - 70). Highly recommended from someone who plays A LOT of different games. review is almost 50 words!

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