Poker Dice

Published: 22/04/2013

The classic pub game known as “poker Dice” makes a great addition to the table games roster at online casinos like Bet365. Instead of using the standard dice with pips numbered one through six, Poker Dice have card symbols on their six faces, from Nines through Aces. What’s more, the faces of the dice are colour coded to make it easy to identify their values. In order from lowest ranking to highest, they are the black nine of Clubs, red ten of Diamonds, blue Jack, green Queen, red King and black Ace of Spades.

Because there are only 6 values in play instead of 13, pairs and straights are much more likely than with card poker. Similarly, busts have a much lower probability of occurring, too. And because there is no shuffling required, the pace is much faster than playing poker with cards from a standard deck.

The Poker Dice screen consists of four distinct areas. There is an oval playing surface that takes up about a third of the window at the top, and it contains the five dice used in play. Directly below the oval is an area for forming the poker hand, along with +/- controls for selecting the number of Rolls allowed for each game from 1 to 3. At the bottom of the screen is the panel for selecting a stake and initiating the roll of the dice. And on the right side of the display is the Payouts Table, showing all the winning combinations and their values.

The simplest game is the one-roll “Stud” version, in which the result of a single roll is the outcome of the game. The player first selects a stake by using the +/- toggles in the middle of the control panel, from £0.50 to £25. The amount of the stake selected will be clearly indicated in the Stake window. Next, make sure the Rolls count is one and then click on the New Game button. The five dice will elevate and then fall to show the final combination.

Payouts for the single-roll Stud game start at Two Pair, worth a stake multiplier of 0.5X. Catching Three of A kind pays 1X, a Full House is worth 4X, a Straight (K~9) pays 5X and a Royal Straight (A~10) is worth 8X. Getting Four of a Kind earns a payout of 10X, while the top prize is 150X for Five of a Kind.

When the two-roll Draw version of the game is played, the player has the option to select from one to all five dice after the first roll and then roll the remaining dice a second time in an attempt to improve the hand. Again, there are seven potential winning combinations. Two Pair is worth a stake multiplier of 0.25X, Three of A kind pays 0.5X, a Full House is worth 1X, a Straight (K~9) earns 1.5X and a Royal Straight (A~10) is pays 2X. Gathering Four of a Kind pays 3X, and 20X is paid for Five of a Kind.

The third version is also a Draw game, but with two opportunities to improve the hand by rolling again after selecting dice to keep. In this case, there are just six possible payouts, with a Full House worth 0.25X being the lowest winning hand. A Straight pays 0.5X, a Royal Straight is worth 1X, Four of a Kind is valued at 2X and Five of Kind pays 10X.

There is definitely some strategy required in playing either of the Draw versions of Poker Dice. For example, the player will always hold on to Three of Kind, but given the low payouts for a Full House, it is usually preferable to roll the other two dice again, even if they form a pair, in an attempt to catch the higher paying Four of a Kind.

Published on: 22/04/2013

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