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Dice games have been popular in the gaming world for many years now, and this is probably because the games are quite simple yet exciting to play with a roll of the dice. Dice games are an exciting form of casino games, where the player can apply his wit and skill along with having an element of luck.

Here are some of the most common dice games that you can encounter in casinos and a brief understanding of how these games work. You can also look at this detailed overview of casino dice games at if you fancy trying your hand at some of the games mentioned below.

Craps: The Ultimate Dice Game

The most popular and possibly the most widely known casino dice game is Craps. A game is played on a particular table with two dice and due to the quick nature of the game, it has many fans. Here's a breakdown of how it works:

The Shooter: The “shooter” rolls the dice, and is a player who is designated as such at the beginning of the game. A round of craps begins with the first roll of the dice which is known as the come-out roll.

Betting on the Outcome: Before the come out roll, there are certain bets that players put down. The two most frequently used bets are the “pass line” and the “don’t pass line.”

Pass Line Bet: If the first roll known as the come-out roll results in a total of 7 or 11, then the pass line bettors win. In turn, if the roll is a 2, 3 or 12, they are said to have lost. Any other number becomes the "point", that is, the decimal part of the given number.

Don't Pass Line Bet: This is not the case with this bet, which is rather the opposite. The players win if the come-out roll is 2 or 3, lose if it is 7 or 11, and a 12 is a tie. Any other number is the point.

Establishing the Point: In case the come-out roll results in a point (4,5,6,8,9 or 10) then the round goes on. The shooter starts the round again by rolling the dice to try to roll the point number before rolling a seven.

Winning and Losing: If the shooter rolls the point number, pass-line bettors will be the winner. If the 7 is rolled before the point number then, the pass-line bettors lose. The dice are then given to the next player as the new shooter and a new round is started.

Craps is a very social game and has many other betting opportunities which make it even more interesting. Shooting is accompanied by the spectators who cheer for or against the player, which enlivens the atmosphere at the table.

Sic Bo: The Ancient Chinese Game

Sic Bo, which is translated as ‘dice pair’, is a classic Chinese game that can be played in many casinos around the whole world. A three-dice game where a player can make several types of bets on the final results of the roll.

Placing Bets: Bets are placed by the players on the table based on their choice of the possible result when the dice is rolled. The following is the list of the bets that one can place; individual numbers, total sums, and combinations, among others.

Small and Big Bets: A bet on a total of 4-10 is considered a small bet, while a bet on the 11-17 total is considered a big bet. These are general and rather simple bets.

Specific Triples: The player can choose to bet on any triple that they may get such as three of a kind like three 2s or three 6s. This bet has a high pay of because the chances are relatively low for this bet.

Rolling the Dice: The dealer then has a small chest with three dice. The dealer shakes the chest and shows the result.

Winning Bets: The winnings are given out depending on the bets made. The Sic Bo house edge is dynamic and depends on the kind of bet made by the player; therefore, it is important for players to know the odds.

Sic Bo is a perfect game for everyone who wants to try his/her luck and choose from a vast number of betting spots.

Chuck-a-Luck: A Simplified Sic Bo

Chuck-a-Luck or Birdcage is another game close to Sic Bo but its betting options are rather limited. Based on this game, three dice and a birdcage-like container in which the dice are shaken are used.

Placing Bets: The game involves placing chips on any number from one to six that will be rolled on any of the three dice.

Rolling the Dice: The dealer moves the birdcage, then stops it showing the dice.

Winning Bets: If the number that a player has bet on is shown on any of the three dice, on two of the dice, or on all three dice that player wins. The amount that is paid out rises with the number of times the drawn number is repeated.

The game is very simple and can be easily understood by a player who is just starting out, yet the action is fast and keeps the player interested.

Hazard: The Game That Is A Predecessor of Craps

Hazard is another old English game that is thought to be the progenitor of craps. Even though they are not frequently seen in today’s casinos, they are worth mentioning as a part of the dice games’ evolution.

Choosing the Shooter: Similar to craps, one player gets to be the shooter also known as the “caster.”

Setting the Main: The caster rolls two dice for the “main” number which has to be between 5 and 9.

Making a Bet: The players lay a bet on whether the caster will roll the main number again before rolling a 2, 3 or 12 which is called the Main.

Rolling the Dice: The caster keeps rolling the dice and whatever is rolled determines the outcome of the betting.

Hazard rules are more complicated than craps but it became the foundation of the contemporary game, thus making a huge input in its evolution.

Final Notes

Due to the aspects of luck, skill, and people interaction, dice games are among the most popular in the casinos. Craps is, without a doubt, the most well-liked dice game thanks to its lively setting and a vast number of bets. Sic Bo is a game that has many options for betting and is based on the ancient Chinese culture while Chuck-a-Luck is a game that is also quite simple yet equally as enjoyable.

Hazard, even though is not as popular nowadays, still has to be considered as one of the most exciting dice games ever. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have, the roll of the dice always offers a thrilling experience in any Casino, and hopefully, you can now have a more thorough understanding of the games mentioned above to take forward with you, whether you are playing dice games in a traditional casino or online.

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