Players toss a coin to begin the game. The player that wins the toss is the “hare,” and his opponent is the hound in pursuit. The hare must travel clockwise around the board starting at 20.
The hare wins by returning to 20 before the hound catches up with him. The hound usually starts from either 12 or 5, depending on the preference of the players. The hound wins by overtaking the hare.