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Bidou

This game has complex betting principles and bluffing. You will need three dice for each player and a supply of chips. Throwing cups are recommended because players must conceal their dice from each other. Any number may play, but the game differs with only two.

Play:

Bidou Hands

Ranking Dice Combinations

1 2, 1, 1 (bidou) An exception to the ranking order is that 1, 1, 1
2 2, 2, 1 (bidè) beats 2, 1, 1 but no other hands listed above it.
3 4, 2, 1
4 6, 6, 6
5 5, 5, 5
6 4, 4, 4
7 3, 3, 3
8 2, 2, 2
9 1, 1, 1 See the exception rule above.
10 3, 3, 6
11 3, 3, 5
12 3, 3, 4
13 3, 3, 2
14 3, 3, 1
15 1, 1, 6
16 1, 1, 5
17 1, 1, 4
18 1, 1, 3
19 3, 2, 1
20 4, 3, 2
21 5, 4, 3
22 6, 5, 4
23-56 All other combinations rank as a three digit number of the dice values in descending order. i.e. 6, 2, 1 beats 5, 3, 2;  5, 4, 2 beats 5, 2, 2;  and 6, 4, 2 beats 6, 4, 1.

All the combinations above beat the totals not listed

Bidou For Two Players.

A game of two handed Bidou consists of three rounds. The winner is the player who wins at least two. Nine chips or counters are placed in the centre of the table. Both players throw a die and the higher becomes captain.

The captain has the first turn throwing the dice and then his opponent. In their turn, players are allowed up to three throws of the dice to try and get the best possible hand, which must be concealed from the other player. All three dice must be rolled in each throw and players must declare how many throws they have taken.

Once both players have determined their hand, betting begins. If the captain's opponent has taken fewer throws, then they become captain and make the first bet or pass.

If both players pass (i.e. decline to bet) then the hand is finished. Once a player has bet, then he alternately either raises (bets a greater amount than the opposing player has just bet), calls (bets an equal amount with both players then revealing their hands), or drops out (makes no bet and takes no part in the hand). As players raise or call, they move the correct number of counters from the centre pool towards themselves. Once a player has raised, the other must re-raise, call or drop out. Once a player has called or dropped out, then the round is over. Players may only bet or raise the other by one chip.

If a player is called by the other, then the dice are revealed and the player with the losing hand takes all the chips that have been bet (the chips not in the centre pool). The winning player is captain for the next round.

If a player drops out, then he takes a penalty chip and the other chips are moved back to their positions at the start of the hand. The other player becomes captain for the next round.

If both players pass, then no chips are taken by either player and the captain changes for the next round.

The second round is played in the same way except that when throwing the dice players are allowed to put aside any they wish, and throw the remainder with their remaining throws. Players should keep any dice put aside concealed from their opponent. Any dice put aside may be re-thrown with the third and final throw if a player wishes to do so.

The third round is played in the same way as the first.

Once a player has eight chips and only one is left in the centre or with the other player, an open throw is played. The player with only one or no chip has up to three throws of the dice to get the best hand he can. The hand is exposed to the other player, not concealed as before, and if the open throw occurs on the second round he may put aside dice and throw the remainder in his turn as before. The opposing player then throws the dice in the same way. Should he fail to beat the first player's hand, he takes the last chip and loses the game. Should the first player lose, then he takes a chip from the other player and plays on as before.

Bidou For Three Or More Players.

When three or more are playing, each player starts with six chips and none are placed in the centre. The captain is decided as before with each player rolling a die and the highest taking the captaincy. The winner of a round then becomes captain for the next. Should all players pass, then the player to the left of the captain becomes the next captain.

As before, each player in turn rolls their dice in an effort to get the best possible hand which they conceal from the others. If all the players have taken the same number of throws, then the captain is unchanged. If not, the player who has taken the fewest and is nearest in turn to the original captain becomes captain. The betting limit, however, is three chips and players may only raise by a maximum of two chips. As betting proceeds, each player places their chips in the centre to form a pool.

 

The following procedures are used for betting when the situations described occur.

A player who drops out without betting, receives no penalty chips.

The player who drops out of a round first, having previously bet one or more times, must take back from the pool the same amount he put in for that hand. Additionally, he takes an equal amount for each player who is still betting on the hand, as well as one extra chip as a penalty. Subsequent players who drop out, take one chip as a penalty. If players left in the round have bet unequal amounts, then the next player calls or raises by the same number of chips left in the pool.

When only two players are left with chips they play on as in two handed Bidou. If there are more than nine chips between both players, then each player discards one whenever they bet and are not called, until there are a total of nine left.

Should all the other players drop out after another player has raised, then the pool is taken by the raising player minus any penalty chips taken.

A player who passes after a bet has already been made, drops out of the round.

A player who has bet on a round, discards a chip (even if it is their last one) if all the other players pass.

A player who has bet his last chip may stay in until the end of the round, even if the betting is continued by the other players.

Should this player then lose, he takes back the chips that he bet as well as an equal number of chips from each of the other players who where still in at the end of the round. Any other chips left in the pool are taken back by the players who bet them. In the event of a tie, the player who has bet his last chip and stayed in until the end of the round, takes back all the chips that he has bet and each of the other players take back all the chips they have bet except one. Any chips left in the pool are discarded and play continues without them.

In the event of a tie, each player still left in at the end of the round, takes back one chip. Any chips left in the pool are discarded and play continues without them.

Variations:

Poor Fish is played in the same way as Bidou except that players expose their dice if they have all passed. The player with the highest ranking hand is known as the poor fish and takes a chip from each of the others.

 

Montevideo is played using Bidou combinations but with the same betting principles as the card game poker. Three or more players may take part. Each player starts with six chips and the winner is the one who eventually takes them all. Players ante one chip into the pool before throwing the dice at the start of each round. Betting then continues as in poker with players raising, calling, dropping out and with the player holding the highest ranking hand taking the pool.

When there are only two players left with chips, the number they must ante into the pool is increased by one after each round to a maximum of six. The same rule applies in a game of many players that has been reduced to three. Any player may open the betting by betting the pot. This means he stays in without putting chips into the pool. Any other player may call the pot in this event.

 

 

 

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