Dice Twister

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For more than 10,000 years, humans have been entertaining themselves with dice games, first using rough-hewn sheep’s hucklebones and later with stone, wood, ivory and plastic cubes. One of the more popular casino table games today is an updated version of the ancient Chinese game known as “Sic Bo” played with three dice, and clearly software developer Playtech must have had this game in mind when they came up with “Dice Twister,” a version now found in the arcade sections of such affiliated online casinos as Bet365 and PaddyPower.

Dice Twister invites players to forecast the outcome of rolling three translucent red dice that appear in the middle of a purple-hued display screen. The dice are surrounded by betting areas for various types of results, from what the sum of all three faces will be to what combinations of even and odd numbers will appear. The amounts that can be wagered on any given outcome vary from €0.10 all the way up to €100, making for some very big potential payouts indeed.

Each game begins with the placement of bets. This is accomplished by clicking on the +/- toggles that appear whenever the player’s cursor passes over a betting option. For each selection made, the background colour for the bet turns to orange so that wagers are easy to identify at a glance.

On the far left side of the display are options for betting “Totals” from 4 to 17. The odds for each choice appear directly below the numbers, from 70X for a successful 4 or 17, to 35X for 5 or 16, 21X for 6 or 15, 14X for 7 or 14 and 10X for 8 or 13. Combinations equal to 9 or 12 pay 8.25X, while those for 11 or 12 are worth 7.75X.

Across the lower half of the display directly below the dice is the wagering area for bets on individual dice results, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. Each of these pays double the wager when a single face shows the selected number. The odds go up to triple for two faces and 15X for three of a kind.

On the upper right side of the display is a section for wagering on ranges of outcomes. Betting on “Lo” (3-8) or “Hi” (13-18) successfully is worth a payout of 3.75X, while the “Mid” (9-12) pays two times the amount wagered when correct. Below this section on the lower right side of the display, the player can bet on “Odd or Even” results. If all three faces show Odd numbers, it’s worth odds of 7.75X, and the same is true for Even numbers. Betting on a Mix of odd and even faces successfully is worth 1.25X.

At the very bottom of the display are the controls. The “Total Stake” counter keeps track of how much has been wagered in all, the “Spin” button is used to initiate the game and the “Clear Bets” button can be clicked to reset all of the bets to zero. Clicking on “Spin” sets the dice in motion. It is uncanny just how realistic the three cubes look as they twirl at random before coming to a halt all at once to show the results.

Any successful bets are identified by the respective background colours of the wager areas turning from orange to red. A message banner appears just above the dice, declaring “Congratulations! You’ve Won” along with the total amount awarded. The player’s funds available can be seen at the leftmost corner of the screen.

To begin the next game, it is first necessary to click on the “Rebet” button that takes the place of “Spin” after each turn. Then, bets can be cleared, increased or decreased before clicking again on “Spin.” Like most arcade games that require decision-making, there is no Autoplay function. Control options are limited to basic game settings such as “Audio” on/off and “Fast Play,” which eliminates the twirling motion of the dice for faster results.

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