In this post, I will guide you through some of the most popular dice games in both land-based and online casinos.
If you visit any land-based casinos, especially in the Eastern part of Asia, it’s hard to miss out on one of the most exciting casino games ever: dices. Dices have been used since before recorded history, and it is not clear where they were originated from. How dice games play out is simple: you just hold them in your hands, say some magic words to bless the dices, and throw them on the table. The “magic words” part may be a bit excessive, but the rests are real. Who knows, you might need some luck in these dice games too.
In this post, I will guide you through some of the most popular dice games in both land-based and online casinos. The next time you come across them, you will have a better understanding of these exciting games. Without further ado, it’s time to roll the dice!
#1 - Craps
Craps game is the best dice game in the casino world, hands down. It is one of the most complex table games at any casino, but that doesn’t mean you cannot play craps without any experience. Let’s go through some basics and start earning some serious cash.
The most crucial thing that you need to know is the Pass and Don’t Pass line. Most players tend to focus on the main game as the shooter and forget that they can bet while on the sideline. Pass and Don’t Pass are essentially the same, just opposite from each other.
Pass line bets are for the shooter to win. The bet consists of two phases: the come-out roll and the point. If the come-out roll is 7 or 11, the bet wins immediately; if the number is 2, 3 or 12, the bet loses (crapping out). Otherwise, it will establish a point. In the next phase, if the shooter rolls that point again, the bet wins. If the shooter rolls a 7 before the point (seven out), the bet loses.
The don’t pass line works the same, but in the opposite direction. It is a bet against the shooter, which is a win if the come-out roll is 2 or 3 and a loss if the roll is 7 or 11. A come-out roll of 12 is considered a push (or known as a tie). After establishing the point, if the shooter gets a seven out, the bet wins. If the point comes first, the bet loses.
These are just some very fundamental craps rules, but it gives you a glimpse at how the game works. You can pick up the rest at the table. Remember, never say the word “seven” there, and make sure that your dices hit the back wall while throwing.
#2 - Chuck-A-Luck
Also known as Birdcage, Chuck-A-Luck originated from Australia and became famous in the US. It is basically a game of guessing, in which you will guess the number on the three dices tumbling in a spinning cage. The game has a starting odd of 1 to 1 with one dice, 2 to 1 with two dices, and 10 to 1 with three of a kind.
In some places, there can be additional wagers to make the game more exciting. For instance, the odd of any triple can be raised to as high as 30 to 1. You can also bet for Big (total score of 11/12 or higher), Small (total score of 10/9 or lower), or Field (total score outside 8 to 12) with an odd of 1 to 1.
Due to its simplicity, Chuck-A-Luck is more of a carnival game than an actual casino game. However, for the same reason, this game is very popular with novice gamblers.
#3 - Klondike
If you have played poker dice before, then it’s easy to understand the rules of Klondike. This is a very famous game in frontier America and can be played with five 6-sided dices. In Klondike, you need to roll a better hand than the banker in order to win.
The game begins with the banker rolling first to establish the benchmark. Players will then take turns to roll, with 1 is the highest number (similar to Ace), followed by 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2. There are six combinations in total, sequenced from the highest to the lowest:
- Five of a kind: Same number on five dices
- Four of a kind: Same number on four dices
- Full house: One number on three dices, another number on the other two
- Three of a kind: Same number on three dices
- Two pairs: Same number on two pairs of dices
- One pair: Same number on two dices
To beat the banker, players need to roll for a better combination. If they both have the same combination, or no combination is made, the banker wins. The rules of Klondike are straightforward, hence desirable to beginner players.
#4 - Banka Francesca
Banka Francesca is somewhat similar to Chuck-A-Luck in terms of gameplay, but it is more prevalent in Portuguese casinos. There are three dices, and your job is to guess the sum of all the dices. Ther are five possible bets:
- High (Inside zone): If the sum is 14, 15, or 16, you win 1 to 1
- High (Outside risk): If the sum is 3, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, you win 0.5 to 1; if the sum is 14, 15, or 16,
- you win 1.5 to 1
- Low (Inside zone): If the sum is 5, 6, or 7, you win 1 to 1
- Low (Outside risk): If the sum is 3, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, you win 0.5 to 1; if the sum is 5, 6, or 7, you
- win 1.5 to 1
- Aces: If the sum is 3, you win 61 to 1
If the dices roll for 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, you neither lose nor win. You can cancel or make changes to your bet. Banka Francesca has a surprisingly high RTP at about 98.41%; thus, I recommend trying this game at least once.
#5 - Sic Bo
Sic Bo is a hugely popular dice game in Asia, and it is much more complicated than Chuck-A-Luck. There are a total of 13 betting options, which cover all the possible outcomes. The 13 options are:
- Big: Total score will be from 11 to 17 except for a triple. The probability is 48.61%, and the odds will be 1 to 1
- Small: Total score will be from 4 to 10 except for a triple. The probability is 48.61%, and the odds will be 1 to 1
- Odd: Total score will be an odd number except for a triple. The probability is 48.61%, and the odds will be 1 to 1
- Even: Total score will be an even number except for a triple. The probability is 48.61%, and the odds will be 1 to 1
- Specific Triple: A specific number will appear on all three dice. The probability is 0.46%, and the odds will be 180 to 1
- Specific Double: A specific number will appear on at least two of the three dice. The probability is 7.41%, and the odds will be 10 to 1
- Any Triple: Any of the triples will appear. The probability is 2.8%, and the odds will be 30 to 1
- Three Dice Total: 4 or 17 (1.4%, 60 to 1), 5 or 16 (2.8%, 30 to 1), 6 or 15 (4.6%, 18 to 1), 7 or 14 (6.9%, 12 to 1), 8 or 13 (9.7%, 8 to 1), 9 or 12 (11.6%, 7 to 1), 10 or 11 (12.5%, 6 to 1)
- Dice Combinations: Two of the dice will show a specific combination of two different numbers. The probability is 13.9%, and the odds will be 6 to 1
- Single Dice Bet: The specific number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 will appear on one, two, or all three dice. The probabilities are 34.72%, 6.94%, and 0.46%; the odds will be 1 to 1, 2 to 1, and 3 to 1
- Four-number Combination: Any three of the four numbers in one of the following specific combinations will appear: 6, 5, 4, 3 / 6, 5, 3, 2 / 5, 4, 3, 2 / 4, 3, 2, 1. The probability is 11.1%, and the odds will be 7 to 1
- Three Single Number Combination: The dice will show a specific combination of three different numbers. The probability is 2.8%, and the odds will be 30 to 1
- Specific Double and Single Number Combination: Two of the dice will show a specific double, and the third die will show a specific, different number. The probability is 1.4%, and the odds will be 50 to 1
Since there are many betting options for players to choose from, it is best to focus on the ones with the least house edge: Big, Small, Odd, and Even.
Dice games can be very entertaining and lucrative at the same time. They are one of the most exciting table games in any online or offline casino. The best thing is, they have the potential to become more than what they were initially designed for. Who knows, what can they be in the near future?