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10-die poker rules

10-Die Poker

By James Ernest and Joshua Howard

Players: 4-7

Equipment: 10 six-sided dice for each player in two colors (These rules assume Red and White), and some Poker Chips. To play $1.00 ante, as described below, players should start with at least $40.

To Begin: Each player antes $1.00.

Rolling your Hand: Each player rolls his starting hand as follows: Your dice are always locked in pairs, one red and one white, so you can’t just roll all your dice at once. Instead, you roll five pairs of dice, one pair at a time.

Arrange your dice so that there is a clear Red and White hand. It is helpful to put the better hand on top, so you can more easily compare hands with the other players.

The Value of Hands: The Hands in 10-Die Poker are the same as those in Poker, except that there is no Flush. The rank of Hands, from lowest to highest, is: High Die, Pair, 2 Pair, 3 of a Kind, Straight, Full House, 4 of a Kind, 5 of a Kind.

The value of your whole hand is always equal to the better of your two sets of dice. For example, if your Red hand is a pair, but your White hand is a straight, you have a straight. If two players have identical high hands, they compare low hands. If both hands match, which is very rare, those players are tied.

Challenges: The best hand is the “leader.” The worst hand now becomes active, and may elect to either fold, or challenge the leader.

If you fold, you are out of this round, just like in Poker. If you challenge, it costs you an amount equal to half the pot, rounding up. So for example, if there is $5 in the pot, it costs $3 to challenge. This brings the Pot to $8, making the next challenge cost $4.

If you challenge, you may re-roll some or all of your pairs of dice. You must pick up all these pairs before you roll any of them; you can’t decide piece by piece. And you must roll both dice in each pair, not just one or the other.

If your new hand beats the leader, you become the new leader. If not, you have lost and you drop out.

Winning: This process continues, with the low hand always challenging the high hand, until everyone either fails a challenge or folds. Then the survivor takes the Pot.

Tied Hands: If two players are tied for high, they split the pot. If two players are tied for low, they must choose randomly which one of them will challenge (or fold) first.

Ending the Game: Like Poker, this game is continuous and cyclical. Any player may enter or leave the game after any round. If you finish with more money than you started with, you’re winning.

Strategy: A Straight probably isn’t going to win the game, and it’s a very tough hand to improve. When deciding whether to challenge, be aware of the dice in both hands. If you have a decent hand on both halves of the pairs you are keeping, your chances of beating the leader are pretty good. Otherwise, think twice. Also, be sure to note the chances of the leader coming back to beat you, even if you do win the challenge.

9582 – Thursday

Back to work today – Still plenty sick, but I need to get things taken care of, and I’m not dying or anything.

Snow falling as I hopped aboard the train – and it stuck to the ground, crunching underfoot as I walked the last bit from the bus to the office door. It stuck until about midday. It’s about 14 degrees tonight, got up to 32 with the sun out.

Confirmation on Feb 2 off – looks like I’m going to see Punxy Phil after all! Also got the 19th off, so nice long weekend – 20th is off for all in dc – inauguration traffic nightmare averted!

Christmas Tree is outside, drying by the fire pit. I suspect we’ll use it to heat the ring, or cover it in suet and feed the little birdies. We still have fairy lights on the gutter of the house, but they are unlit – probably will come down this weekend.

BHK and I have been listening to old Time radio on XM – She seemed to really enjoy Lucy Ball in "my favorite Husband" on the ride home.

Picked up $4 worth of scratch offs of our weekly gambling habit – won $6! a $2 profit quickly absorbed by her craving for slim jims.

1 year ago – ides of January, snow, sublimation, veggie meatloaf yum!, 1970’s tv detectives, chimp declared a person, psych

2 years ago – moved into the brown house

3 years ago – nudge (I like it now), my latest superpower, electrocution dream, soloing, caribs, pandas make more sense, stardust probe returns,

4 years ago – Jambi back after the great LJ crash of ’05, William Schmidt’s art, film feminism, chemical weapons, mag knight w/Danny, DVDA

5 years ago – DVD cereal, Mars, cluck cluck cluck

6 years ago – smokies, palm sync, empenadas, Malawi Vampires

7 years ago – nice walk, moody, gave sappho a lj code, midnight pooper, newt patrols

8 years ago – pictures of me with tarpo at No-nose maldanado’s, company on the rocks, ramble on humanity, temptation island, super-soldiers, link to 100 Scotto-things Geotarget