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Poker Dice

This is a dice version of the card game of the same name.  It is usually played with a special set of five poker dice, each has the playing cards Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 and 9 printed on its six faces, but it can just as easily be played with a set of five standard dice.


The aim is to build the best possible poker hand (hands are ranked as below).  Each player in turn has up to three throws of the dice.  After each throw they put aside any dice they wish to use for their hand, rolling the remainder.  Players may stop after the first or second throw if they wish.  The player with the highest ranking hand, after everyone has had a turn, wins the game.

Poker hands ranked high to low:

1 Five-of-a-Kind                                               Aces ranking highest; 9s lowest.
2 Four-of-a-Kind                                               Aces ranking highest; 9s lowest.
3 Full House      Three-of-a-kind and a pair.  A, A, A, 9, 9 beats K, K, K, 10, 10.
4 Straight           Five consecutive values.     A, K, Q, J, 10 beats K, Q, J, 10, 9.
5 Three-of-a-Kind                                             Aces ranking highest; 9s lowest.
6 Two Pairs                                                      A, A, 10, 10, 9 beats K, K, Q, Q, 10
7 One Pair                                                        Aces ranking highest; 9s lowest.
8 Highest Die Ranking according to highest backers.    A, K, J, 10, 9. beats A, Q, J, 10, 9.


You could use standard dice by simply playing 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 ,1 corresponding to A, K, Q, J, 10, 9.

A standard dice version is sometimes called Indian Dice.  In Indian Dice the 1 corresponds to an Ace and is ranked high, or in yet other versions 1s are wild, in which case they count as any value.

Other versions of both Poker and Indian Dice allow subsequent players only as many throws of the dice as the first.




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