Dice Poker
Objective:Get a higher score than your opponent.
Duration:30 Seconds Per Turn

How To Play

Dice Poker is similar to the popular game called Yahtzee. It is a pure dice game, which means that there are no other pieces, not even a game board, just five dice and a table to write the score. Although it is similar to Yahtzee, there are some differences. Anything not described in the rules is not part of the game.

The object of the game is to score the most points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. The dice can be rolled up to three times in a turn to try to make one of the thirteen possible scoring combinations. A game consists of thirteen rounds during which the player chooses which scoring combination is to be used in that round. Once a combination has been used in the game, it cannot be used again.

The scoring combinations have varying point values, some of which are fixed values and others of which have the cumulative value of the dice. A Yangtze is five-of-a-kind and holds the highest point value of 50 (not counting multiple five of a kinds in the same game).

Upper Section

In the upper section, each box is scored by summing the total number of dice faces matching that box. For example, if a player were to roll three "twos," the score would be recorded as 6 in the twos box. If a player scores a total of at least 63 points in these boxes, a bonus of 35 points is added to the upper section score.

Lower Section

The lower section contains a number of poker-themed combinations with specific point values:

Category Description Score Example
Three-Of-A-Kind At least three dice showing the same face Sum of all dice
Four-Of-A-Kind At least four dice showing the same face Sum of all dice
Full House A three-of-a-kind and a pair 25
Small Straight Four sequential dice (e.g., 2-3-4-5) 30
Large Straight 1-2-3-4-5 or 2-3-4-5-6 40
Five Of A Kind All five dice showing the same face 50
First Time Only
Chance Any combination
often acts as discard box for a turn that will not fit in another category (thus the name), although during a lucky game it can be used to record a high score
Sum of all dice 1

A certain combination can be scored in more that one appropriate category; e.g., a full house can be scored in the Full House, Three-Of-A-Kind, or Chance categories.

On each turn, a player gets up to three rolls of the dice. He or she can save any dice that are wanted to complete a combination and then re-roll the other dice. After the third roll, the player must find a place to put the score (though he or she can choose to end the turn and score after one or two rolls, if desired). If the resulting combination of dice will not fit in any unused scoring category, the player must place a "zero" in one of the unused boxes. Each player's total score is calculated by summing all thirteen score boxes.

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If neither player starts the game, it will result in a tie. If both players get the same score, it will result in a tie.