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Each player antes $1 to play.

The player with highest pair wins (see rules at bottom).

Each player is dealt one card face up.

Starting from the dealer's left, each player rolls one dice and is given a number of cards face down equal to the number rolled.

Having looked at his cards, the player must then decide whether he wants to roll one more time (for which he pays another ante). If he rolls a second time, he is once again given as many cards face down as the number he rolls.

If after rolling, the player has more than five cards, he must discard so as to keep not more than 5 cards. Any cards discarded by the player get added to the bottom of the deck and are available for the others.

Once the player has finished rolling and discarding, he can make a bet if he wishes. The other players in turn can opt to play or fold. If a player folds, his cards get added to the bottom of the deck.

Each player takes a turn at rolling, discarding and betting, including the dealer.

All the players who have not folded then reveal their hands and the player with the highest hand wins the pot.

The object of the game is to have the highest pair. If there is just one highest pair, it wins. If two players have equally high pairs, then the highest card held by those players in addition to the highest pair wins. If those cards are also equal, the comparisons continue to the second highest card held, etc. No combinations other than pairs have any special value.

It is not necessary to have five cards. For example, if a player rolls a 1 and makes a high pair, he can keep just this pair and hope to win with it by itself - that's his decision.


  • 8-8-5 beats 7-7-7-7-A because eights beat sevens.
  • 8-8-A-3 beats 8-8-6-6-K because the ace beats the king.
  • K-K-J-9-3 beats K-K-J-8-8 because the 9 beats the 8.
  • 7-6-4-2-2 beats A-K-Q-J-10 because the second hand has no pair.
  • K-K-3 beats K-K because the second hand has no third card.
Last updated: 12th March 2007