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Sometimes known as Counter Klondike if played on a shop counter and Casino Klondike when played in a casino.  This is a gambling game that was played in cheap casinos in frontier America, using five dice.  The combinations or hands used are similar to Poker or Indian Dice but with some omissions.


A banker rolls the dice first and players then roll the dice in turn trying to beat the combination first thrown.  Only one throw is allowed. Numbers rank high to low as 1, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.  Any die not used in a combination is ignored.  If a player rolls a combination equal to the banker's, the banker wins.  The payoffs are made by the banker at even odds. i.e. players get their stake back with an equal amount.  Winning combinations in descending order are as follows.

  • Five-of-a-kind
  • Four-of-a-kind
  • Full House (Three-of-a-kind and a pair)
  • Three-of-a-kind
  • Two pairs
  • One pair


The casino version is played using ten dice and a table with a layout.  Players bet on sections of the layout marked 'win' , 'lose', or 'beat two aces'.  The banker rolls five of the dice and sets them aside.  Players take it in turn to roll the other five dice and try to beat the banker.  A player who bets on 'win' must throw a combination higher than the banker's.  A player who bets on 'lose' must throw a combination lower than the banker's.  All ties with the house lose for the bettor and win for the banker.  A player who bets on 'beat two aces' must throw at least two pairs.

Because all ties win for the House, the House has the edge on 'win' or 'lose' bets at 5.194%.  The House edge on 'beat two aces' is 11.111%.





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