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Draw Poker
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Draw Poker
General Rules of Poker
Stander Hand Rank of Poker
Basic Draw Poker Rule
Draw Poker Variation
Low and High-Low Variation
Spit Card Variants Poker
Miscellaneous Draw Poker Variants

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Stud Poker
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Stud Poker
Five Card Stud Variation
Miscellaneous Stud Poker Variants
General Poker strategy
Possible Poker Hands
Paring your Hole Card

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Rummy Games
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Rummy Games
Six Seven Card Straight
PIF-PAF
Six Seven Card Knock Rummy
Coon Can
Five Hundred Rummy
Continental Rummy
Fortune Rummy
Kalooki (CALOOCHI)
PAN

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Gin Rummy =================

Gin Rummy
Standard Hollywood Gin Rummy
Jersey Gin

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Canasta
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Canasta
Variation of Canasta
Typical Four-Handed Score Sheet

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Bridge: Contract and Auction =================
Contract and Auction
Contract Bridge Scoring Table
Illustrations of Most Frequent
Minimum Biddable Suits
CONVENTIONAL LEADS
CHANCES OF VARIOUS SUIT
The Laws of Progressive Contract Bridge
The Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge
Auction bridge

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Cribbage and How it is Played
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Cribbage how to Play
Strategy at Cribbage

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Casino
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Casino
Strategy at Casino

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Children and Family Card Games
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Family Card Games
Old Maid
Animals or menagerie
TWENTY –ONE

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Miscellaneous Card Games
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Miscellaneous Card Games
Briscola
Primiera
Scotch whist
Lift smoke
Preference
Grand
Crazy eights

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Solitaire and Patience Games =================

Solitaire and Patience Games
Single-deck solitaire
Decade
Auld Lang Syne
Klondike
Four Seasons
Beleaguered Castle
Trefoil
Poker Solitaire
Two-deck solitaire
Tournament
Multiple solitaires

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Chess, Checkers, and Teeko
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Chess
Checkers
Teeko
Standard Teeko Strategy
Start Teeko Game
Standard Checkers Law

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Parlor Games for All
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Parlor Games
Twenty Questions

SCARNE’S RULES FOR OTHER DICE GAMES

There are many parlor games using dice game manufactures are constantly issuing board games based  on current events, politics, real estate, or on other games such as football, baseball, hockey, boxin, etc., in which dice determines the moves of the counters .  since these games are so numerous and many of them are exceedingly short-lived, the rules given here are limited to the most popular dice games currently played in carnivals, bazaars, Monte Carlo nights, gaming clubs, bars, and homes.

            Most of these games have been completely neglected by previous rule book compilers and many of them first appeared in print in scarne on Dice.  For the first time, each game was analyzed to find out whether the game was an even up propositions and, if  not, who had the advantage.  In the banking games, the percentages in favor of the banker are given.
            Both the names and rules of some of these games vary in different parts of the country.  The commonest method of play poker is the one give here, except when it is either strategically or mathematically unsound, in which case the error has been corrected.  Some players do not distinguish between similar games such as Indian Dice and Poker Dice, and they play one nearly the same as the other.  In these cases I have set down the methods of play that are most dissimilar.
            The great majority of dice games to be found in most of the Hoyle type game books are hundred-year-and-more-old games that are seldom played today, probably because the rules given are nearly always incomplete.

            Correct Odds in Dice Games Using Two, Three, Four, or Five Dice.  Dozens of different private and banking dice games are played today and their names and rules vary in different parts of the country.  For example, some players do not distinguish between similar games such as Hazard and Chuck A Luck.
            The great majority of these games make use of from two to five dice, and nearly all the hustler’s sucker or proposition bets are made on throws of two, three, four, or five  dice.  They usually involve either he combined total or the appearance of one or more of several possible combinations of hands such as one pair, two pair, three of a kind, etc.
            The following tables show the various combinations, the number of ways they can be made, and the odds against making them in one trial.  These tables will enable the player to analyze most of the dice problems he will meet.  Reference to the correct odds shown here will show whether a proposition bet is or is not a sucker  bet.  These odds will also enable the player to figure the house’s favorable percentage in a banking game.  The tables also give you the answer to odds problems that arise in other dice games.

TABLE OF COMBINATIONS AND WAYS

Two Dice

Specific hand & Combinaions

Number of Ways

Odds Against in one Trial

One pair

6

5 to 1

A specific pair

1

35 to 1

No pair

30

1 to 5

A specific no pair

2

 

To combinations of all nonspecified hands

36

 

Three Dice

Specific hand  & Combinaions

Number of Ways

Odds Against in one Trial

Three of a kind

6

35.0 to 1

A specific three of a kind

1

215.0 to 1

One pair

90

1.4 to 1

A specific pair

15

13.4 to 1

No pair

120

4.0 to 5

To combinations of all nonspecified hands

216

 

Four Dice


Specific hand  & Combinaions

Number of Ways

Odds Against in one Trial

Four  of a kind

6

215 to 1

A specific four of a kind

1

1295 to 1

Three of a kind

120

9.8 to 1

A specific three of a kind 

20

63.8 to 1

Two pairs 

90

13.4 to 1

A specific two pairs 

 6   

215 to 1

One pair 

720

4 to 5

A specific one pair

120

9.8 to 1

No pair

360

7.6 to 1

To combinations of all nonspecified hands

1296

 

Five Dice


Five  of a kind

6

1295 to 1

A specific five of a kind

1

7775 to 1

Four  of a kind

150

50.8 to 1

A specific four of a kind 

  25    

310.0 to 1

Full house

300

24.9 to 1

A specific full house

 10  

776.6 to 1

Straight

240

31.4 to 1

A specific straight

120

63.8 to 1

Three of a kind

1200

5.5 to 1

A specific three of a kind

200

37.8 to 1

Two pairs

1800

3.3 to 1

A specific two pairs

120

63.8 to 1

One pair

3900

1.2 to 1

A specific one pair

900

11.9 to 1

No pair

480

15.2 to 1

Total combinations of all nonspecified hands

7776

 

Note: when straights do not count, the number of no pairs increases to 720.

Five Dice, Aces Wild

Five  of a kind

156

48.8 to 1

A specific five of a kind (no aces)

31

249.8 to 1

Five aces

1

7775 to 1

Four of a kind

1300   

4.9 to 1

A specific four of a kind  (no aces)

260

28.9 to 1

Full house

500

14.5 to 1

A specific full house (no aces)

100

76.7 to 1

Straight

1300

4.8 to 1

A specific straight

660

10.8 to 1

Three of a kind

2400

2.2 to 1

A specific three of a kind (no aces)

480

15.2 to 1

Two pairs

900

7.6 to 1

A specific two pairs (no aces)

180

42.2 to 1

One pair

1200

5.5 to 1

A specific pair (no aces)

480

31.4 to 1

Total combinations of all nonspecified hands

240

 

 

7776

 

Note: The words in parentheses (no aces) mean that you cannot make such a hand.  example:  No matter what numbers show on the dice, it is impossible to make a four-ace hand (with aces wild).  If you threw four aces and a deuce, you would have five deuces, if you threw two aces and a pair of deuces, you would have four deuces, etc.

TABLES OF NUMBERS AND WAYS

Two Dice


Numbers

Ways

Odds against in one Trial

2(or 12)

1

35.0 to

3(or 11)

2

17.0 to

4(or 10)

3

11.0 to 1

5(or 9)

4

8.0 to 1

6(or 8)

5

6.2 to 1

7

6

5.0 to 1

Three Dice

Numbers

Ways

Odds against in one Trial

3(or 18)

1

215.0 to

4(or 17)

3

71.0 to 1

5(or 16)

6

35.0 to 1

6(or 15)

10

20.6 to 1

7(or 14)

15

13.4 to 1

8(or 13)

21

9.3 to 1

9(or 12)

25

7.6 to 1

10(or 11)

27

6.6 to 1

Four Dice

Numbers

Ways

Odds against in one Trial

4(or 24)

1

1295 to 1

5(or 23)

4

323.0 to 1

6(or 22)

10

128.6 to 1

7(or 21)

20

63.8 to 1

8(or 20)

35

36.0 to 1

9(or 19)

56

22.1 to 1

10(or 18)

88

13.7 to 1

11(or 17)

96

12.5 to 1

12(or 16)

125

9.3 to 1

13(or 15)

140

8.3 to 1

14

146

7.8 to 1

Five Dice

Numbers

Ways

Odds against in one Trial

5(or 30)

1

7775.0 to 1

6(or 29)

5

1554.2 to 1

7(or 28)

15

517.4 to 1

8(or 27)

35

221.1 to 1

9(or 26)

70

110.0 to 1

10(or 25)

126

60.7 to 1

11(or 24)

205

36.9 to 1

12(or 23)

305

24.4 to 1

13(or 22)

420

17.5 to 1

14(or 21)

540

13.4 to 1

15(or 20)

651

10.9 to 1

16(or 19)

735

9.5 to 1

17(or 18)

780

8.9 to 1

Chuck-A-Luck

This is a very old dice game, originally called Sweat-Cloth in England, and known in this country, where it appeared about 1800, as sweat.  Later it came to be known as Chucker-Luck and finally as Chuck-Luck, Chuck-A-Luck, and  simply Chuck.  More recently it has been known as Bird  Cage.  Since the numbers on the back line of the Hazard layout (originally called Grand Hazard) are the same, these are called the chuck numbers and are paid off at the same odds.  Thus, the two games are very closely related.
            Rules.  Three dice are tumbled in a wire cage called the chuck cage and the layout bears the numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6.  The online poker players place their bets on the numbered spaces of the layout and, if the player’s number appears  on one die, the bank pays off even money; if his number appears on two dice, the bank pays 2 to 1; and if it appears on all three dice, the bank pays 3 to 1.

            In the casinos today it is the occasional gambler and the women who give the cage its action.  It is also  found at outings and bazaars where, when it gets action, it is an outing hustler’s dream.  “Three winners,” the dealer shouts, “and three losers every time.”  This come-on sounds good and is apparently believed by the nonthinkers who play the game;  but it is considerably shy of the truth.  Suppose we test the dealer’s  claim by putting one dollar on each of the six numbers and spin the cage.  If the three dice show three different numbers, the house takes in $ 3 and pays out $ 3.  So far it’s even-up.  Then, notice what happens whenever two dice show the same number.  Suppose that two three’s and a four are thrown.  The bank pays $2 on the three and $1 on the four but collects $1 each on the one, two, five, and six.  There are two winners and four losers and the house pays out $ 3 and collects $4 for a dollar profit. And, it three of a kind are thrown, there is one winner and five losers the house pays out $3 and takes in $ 5 for a $ 2 profit.
            To find out what this advantage, in favor for the house, amounts to in percentage, we consult our three-dice table.  We find that 216  combinations can be made with three dice which, in the long run, will consist of 120 no pairs, 90 pairs, and six three of a kind. A continuation of our mathematical analysis gives us the percentage in favor of the house: 747/54 percent.


A Chuck-A-Luck cagewd

Some impatient Bird Cage operators apparently feel that even this poker percentage is not strong enough because they gaff the cage as well, using “electric dice” and an electromagnet in the table beneath the cage. Actually, electric dice are loaded in such a way that, when the magnet is on, they bring up either one of two opposite sides. The three chuck dice are all loaded alike and, when the juice is on, either a pair or three of a kind must appear. If the open sides are the six and ace, the dice will show three sixes, three aces, a pair of sixes, and an ace or a pair of aces and a six. The tip off on the electric cage is the fact that the distance between the floor of the cage and the table in which the magnet is concealed is not as great as on a fair cage.

Hazard

There used to be two games of Hazard, the 700-year-old English Hazard, played with two dice from which Craps evolved; and a three- dice Hazard played with a layout and called Grand Hazard. Writers of game books have long confused them; even today they think that Grand Hazard is Chuck-A-Luck.

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AMERICAN WHIST =================

AMERICAN WHIST
BID WHIST
VINT
BOSTON
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Pinochle Many Variations
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Pinochle Many Variations
Two-Handed Pinochle
Two-Handed Doubling Redoubling
Auction pinochle
Strategy at Auction
CAD found
Partnership Auction
Auction pinochle without wido Individual play
Partnership Aeroplane Pinochle
Radio Partnership Pinochle

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Other Members of the Bezique Family

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The Bezique Family
Rubicon bezique
Two-handed sixty-six
Two-handed piquet
Imperial
Jass
Boo-Ray or BOURÉ

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The Big Euchre Family
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The big euchre family
Strategy of euchre
Auction euchre
Table of scoring points
Napoleon
Spoil five
Double hasenpfeffer
Ecarte
Three-card loo
Schafkopf

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The Heart Group
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Heart Group
Spot Hearts
Black Widow Hearts

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The All-Fours Group
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All-Fours Group
Shasta Sam
Auction Pitch Joker
Razzle-Dazzle

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Banking Card Games
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Banking Card Games
Black Jack, Casino Style
Black Jack Strategy
Pontoon
CHEMIN DE FER
CHEMIN DE PER must play
Baccarat Banque
Faro or farobank
ZIGINETTE
CHINESE FAN-TAN
Banker and broker
Red Dogs


Card craps
Lottery
TRENTE ET QUARANTE

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The Stops Games
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Stops Game
SNIP-SNAP-;SNOREM
ENFLE
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Skarney® and How It Is Played
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Skarney® and How It Is Played
Alternate Skarney
Skarney Singles
SKARNEY GIN ®
Skarney Gin Doubles

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Cheating at Card Games
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Cheating at Card Games
Professional Card Cheats
Nullifying the Cut
The Peek
How to Shuffle Cards

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Dice and their Many Games
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Dice and their Many Games
The Casino Game: Bank Craps
THE CASINO’S LPERCENTAGE OF BANK CRAPS BETS
SCARNE’S RULES FOR OTHER DICE GAMES
English Hazard
Hooligan
General
Double Cameroon
Partnership Straight scarney Dice
Scarney Duplicate Jackpots
Scarney Chemin de Fer

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Games Requiring Special Equipment
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Backgammon
Parcheesi
Hasami Shogi
Scarney
Follow The Arrow
Roulette

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Lottery and Guessing Games
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Lottery guessing game
Tossing Game
Race Horse Keno
Moko
The Match Game

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Glossary of Game Terms
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glossary
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