4-21

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If you are looking for a dice game game with a different twist, try this favorite from France. There are two phases. In the first phase the loser of the round takes chips from the pot. During the second phase the winner gives his or her chips to the loser of the round . The player who gives away the last of his or her chips wins.

Players 2 to 10

Equipment
Three dice
Dice cup
Poker chips

How to play

Players decide if they want to play with 11, 21, or 41 poker chips. The chips are put in the center of the table

Combinations Rank and Value

421………………………………………..10 chips
111 ………………………………………….7 chips
116 and 666……………………………..6 chips
115 and 555…. …………………………5 chips
114 and 444……………………………..4 chips
113 and 333……………………………..3 chips
112 and 222……………………………..2 chips
Three numbers in sequence……..2 chips
All other combinations……………..1 chip

The combination of three number in sequence as well as the other remaining combinations are ranked by the highest number in the combination. For example a 654 beats a 543. Another example is a 652 beats a 643

A 221 is the lowest combination possible. When the losing player rolls a 221 they must take 2 chips regardless of what the highest combination rolled the round is.

The players roll one die each and the player who rolls the highest starts the first round of the game. After the game has started the player who lost the last round starts the next round.

During the first phase of the game each player in turn rolls the dice. If player wishes, they may re roll some or all of the dice another two times.

The player who rolls the lowest combination must take chips from the center of the table corresponding to the value of the highest roll of that round.

Ties are broken with a single roll between the tied players.

This continues untill all the chips have been taken from the pot. Then the second phase begins.

The players take turns rolling as before. However, now the player with the highest combination that round gives the corresponding number of chips to the player with the lowest hand of that round.

The player who gives away all of his or her chips first is the winner of the inning.

When a player wins two innings he or she wins the game.

Variants

Some play when a player runs out of chips they are out of that inning. The last player who has chips at the end of the inning is the loser. The first player to lose two innings buys the next round.

Player may also agree to start the with three chips in their pile and eleven chips in the middle of the table.

Players often play that a player can not re roll the dice more than the starting player.

Liars

Each player had his or her own cup and three dice. The players roll but keep the dice concealed from the other players. The players in turn call a combination. The next player in line can accept this call and make a equal or higher call. The player can also say call liar. If the player does not have the combination he or she called or higher they must take the number of chips corresponding to the combination called. However if the player does have the combination called or higher the player that called liar must take the corresponding chips.

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One thought on “4-21

  1. Got bored and looked for a new dice game. This was a winner! Robyne wants to play a variation where if you get a 421 and your opponent gets a 111, for example, you get the difference in the score–3 in this case, rather than the whole 10. Even though that would take forever. We also like the variation where the following players can only roll as many times as the first player. Good game!

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