POKER DICE

Number of dice:                     Five

Ante:                                       1 Unit

Object of game:                    To get best poker hand

METHOD OF PLAY

Players roll in succession as follows:

All five dice are rolled. At his discretion the player then decides to drop out, to stand pat, or to re-roll as many of the dice as he chooses. However, if this last alternative is chosen, he doubles his ante.

The winner is the holder of the best poker hand after all players have had their turns. In this game aces are high, outranking a six, except only in a low straight (1-2-3-4-5).

For the benefit of any who don’t know, the sequence of increasingly better poker hands is:

one pair;
two pairs;
three of a kind;
straight“high”, 2-3-4-5-6 or “low”, 1-2-3-4-5;
full house (three of one kind, pair of another);
four of a kind;
five of a kind.

NOTE: Usually the effective dice are considered, and the “kickers” are ignored, contrary to card poker: 1-1-1-6-5 would tie 1-1-1-3-2, both being scored as three aces. However, a group who so desire may play the strict poker rule.

The one tie, all tie rule applies. However, if a player had dropped out before the tie was made, he cannot continue in the game. (Naturally, when two players tie early in the round, the rest will almost always pay to stay in the game, even on hopeless rolls.)

VARIANTS

1)         Any number (but most usually the 2) can be called wild and is then equal to any other number at the player’s discretion.

2)         Bottoms equal tops”: see Rules.

3)         Both above variants together, but in this case the 5 remains natural and cannot be inverted to make a “wild”.