Poker cube is also referred to as the dice poker, mainly because the game involves rolling dice and predicting the outcomes. The game is an old twist to the classic game of cards. It was invented in the late 19th century and has gained popularity in recent years.
About the game
Since there are cubes involved in the game, it is also called the Poker cube. The game consists of any number of players that are sitting opposite one another at the table. It is a slight twist to classic poker, where the dice are embarked with symbols, instead of numbers. Every die has six sides which are marked by Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 and 9. A collective consideration of the entire set, remarks a poker hand. Having stated that, the game can also be played using standard dice with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 as A, K, Q, J,10 and 9 respectively. Although a traditional suit of cards is represented by colour, red-Kings, green-Queens, blue-Jacks, the same doesn’t go with poker cube.
How to play
Every poker game has standard baseline rules set for the game. Same goes with poker cube. The game consists of five different dices at the table, with a pictorial representation of the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 and 9 on each of the six sides. If you do not have a pair, then you can use the numbered dice:
- 3- 10
- 2- 9
King and the queen do not represent a particular suit. But ten is represented by heart or diamond and 9, a spade or club. Every player gets to play three to five times in a round and usually picks the dice which produces the best outcome of higher hands. Towards the end, the player with the most upper hands on the table wins. Although all variations of poker games slightly differ, they’re based solely on winning the hands.
Hands ranked high to low:
- 5 of a kind: Ace ranks the highest and nine the lowest
- Four of a kind: Ace ranks the highest and nine the lowest
- Full House: 3 of a kind and a pair, where A, A, A,9,9 defeats K, K, K,10,10
- Straight: Five successive values where A,K,Q,J,10 defeats K,Q,J,10,9
- 3 of a kind: Ace ranks the highest and nine the lowest
- 6 two pairs: A,A,10,10,9 defeats K,K,Q,Q,10
- One pair: Ace ranks the highest and nine the lowest
- Highest die according to backers: A,K,J,10,9 defeats A,Q,J,10,9
At the end of the game, whoever manages to have a higher hand, wins the game.
Even though this is the standard version of cube poker, the Spanish version slightly differs where 10 and 9 are replaced by 8 and 7. Compared to the classic card game, this is an elevated version, but it’s often played by older men and beginners, considering its simplicity.