Liars dice

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From China to Brazil, you can find folks playing liars dice. This is a dice game where the winner is determined by the players ability to bluff, rather then the dice rolled. So put your best poker face on and get rolling.

Players: 2-6

Equipment:
5 dice per player
0ne dice cup per player

How to play:

1. All players roll the dice and leave them concealed under the dice cup.

2. The first player peeks at the dice under his or her cup and says how many of any number have been rolled by the entire table. For example he or she may say that when all the dice are exposed there will be 3 dice showing the number two.

3. The next player can accept or doubt.

4. If the player accepts he or she calls larger amount than the last player. For example if the first bid was 3 twos, the player must call at least 4 twos or 3 threes . The next player in line then decides if they will accept or doubt.

5. If the player doubts, all the dice are revealed. If the dice show at least the amount of numbers bid the player who called loses the round. If the dice do not show the at least the amount of numbers bid the player who made the bid loses the round.

6. The player that was challenged starts the next round.

7. When a player loses three rounds they are out of the game. The winner is the last player remaining.

Variations

Some people play that aces are wild unless called on the first bid.

There is a variation where every time a player loses a round they remove one die from their cup. When they run out of dice the are out of the game. The winner is the last player with dice.

If you know of any other variations or house rules, please post them in the comments.

Bonus Tip

Liars dice is often played where it is to loud to be heard. In China rather than shout over the noise hand signals are used. The first signal is the amount and the second is the number shown on the dice. Now you can play liars dice even if you do not share the same language.

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This is is sign for 1.

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This is the sign for 2.

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This is the sign for 3.

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This is the sign for 4.

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This is the sign for 5.

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This is the sign for 6.

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This is the sign for 7.

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This is the sign for 8.

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This is the sign for 9.

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This is the sign for 10.

I would like the thank Julien for writing to me about these hand signals.

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2 thoughts on “Liars dice

  1. It is also a famous drinking game (as most games can be), and is played in bars and clubs all over China. One cannot ignore the unique sound of dice being shaken in cups – and these same cups being ‘smacked’ on the tables, amidst the noise and confusion and the loud music of the bar. Somehow, however repetitive this game is, it is hard to get tired of it, since it implies a lot of bluff and luck, and little strategy is required.

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