I have heard that playing Boss Dice was a traditional way to decide who paid for the bar tab in San Francisco. Taverns would even keep dice cups and dice behind the bar for patrons. I am not certain if it is as popular there as it once was, but I would like to hear from any readers who have seen it or play it themselves. I decided to include it because it is a fun game that needs minimal equipment, is easy to learn, and requires a little more decision making then many dice games. Who knows, after trying it maybe you can help start the Boss Dice revival.
2 dice cups
How to play
Both players roll five dice from their dice cup on to the table at the same time.
The player with the highest poker hand showing is called the boss. If neither player rolls at least a pair, both players roll again. On the roll to determine who is boss, two pair only counts as the higher pair.
The boss puts to one side the dice that gave him the higher ranking hand. The boss then rolls any remaining dice keeping them concealed from the other player. For example if the boss rolled 3 sixes 1 four and 1 five, the the sixes would be kept and the five and four rolled again.
After the boss looks at his concealed dice he may call “Pick them up” or “Come up”.
If the boss calls “pick them up” both players pick up their dice and start again and the round has no winner.
If the boss calls “come up”, the other player can roll some or all of his dice. Player who rolled the highest hand wins the round. Two pairs now counts as a hand.
First to win two out of three rounds wins the game.
Rank of hands
Five of kind,
Four of kind
Full house ( three of a kind and a pair)
Three of a kind
A pair with 6 being highest 1 being low