# How to Play Dice Games

What it means is that, dice games are also the oldest form of games to have been recorded as played. You will have a score of 10.

Now after you get a 7, add the tally and note it down.

If you get doubles in a roll, you would gain a double score.

For example, if you roll a 5 and 5, that is 10, the points you get for that throw doubles to 20.

Zilch

Okay, this is a similar game, though the score is much higher, and it is played with 6 dice.

Roll all the six dice at once.

Now the catch is that, minimum 1 scoring die has to be taken aside with each roll, so that the player can continue his or her turn.

When a player has 300 points in his kitty, he can choose to bank the points or carry on.

If a player no more rolls a scoring dice, he or she is ‘zilch’, with a zero score. They are total fun and a great way to pass time. You need only 3 dice for the game. . For instance, all the players will play till a player reaches 400 or 800, or even 1,500 points.

For this game, you require two dice and a score pad.

One player will be selected to start the game.

Throw both the dice, and at the same time keep a tally of your score.

Until one player gets a 7, his turn will continue.

Once you get a 7, pass on the dice to the other player, and write your score.

Add the numbers which came on the dice after every roll. On the other hand, if a player uses all the six dice as scoring dice, he can roll all of them again to add more points.

The next player will play if the previous player banks the points or scores zilch.

Even after a player reaches 10,000 points, the others are permitted to attempt and get as close to that player as they can.

At the end of the round, the player who has the most points is the winner.

Sequences

This is also called ‘straight shooter’, and is played with 6 dice.

Each player rolls the dice in turn, and scores for a sequence of consecutive numbers, starting from 1.

If 2 or more of the same number are rolled, only one will count.

If a roll has three 1s, the score of that player is canceled, and the game starts all over.

The first player to get to 100 points wins.

The scoring system goes like, for 1 on the dice you get 5 points, 1 and 2, you get 10, and so on.

Sometimes, the rules can vary slightly.

Going to Boston

Also known as the Yankee Grab and New Market, this is a fast game, best enjoyed when there are more than 4 players. As a kid, I used to enjoy playing dice games a lot. To explain it better, let’s say you roll a 4 and 6. The highest number on the first roll is put aside.

Even if 2 or more dice have the highest number, only one is kept to the side.

The other 2 dice are rolled once again, and again the highest-numbered dice is put aside.

The final dice is then rolled, and finally, the total of the 3 is the player’s total, and is counted as his score.

A round is won by the person having the highest score.

After a set number of rounds, the person winning the maximum number of rounds is the winner.

Well, these were some other dice games, apart from poker dice and craps, for example.

Before you start playing, fix a final score. Adults as well as kids can equally enjoy these games.

Sevens Out

This is an interesting game, and if played with kids, it can definitely improve their maths.

A player gets to roll the dice thrice. To think that even the pharaohs of Egypt have been playing them makes them all the more special. While some games require 5 to 6 dice, others can be played with a single or a coupe of dice as well

# Guide to Macau casinos | CNN Travel

There’s a white sand beach to go with it.

The house rules are pretty much the same across the city and casinos offer similar games, with baccarat being the most popular by a long stretch.

That’s small in comparison to the huge resorts on the Cotai Strip, but size isn’t everything — this is one classy hotel.

Poker Stars Live hosts its annual Asian Championship Poker here as well. The next one runs October 18-November 3, 2013.

In fact, some casinos only accept Hong Kong cash.

The connoisseur: City Of Dreams

The casino: The casino isn’t the absolute highlight of the property. Good luck finding your way out. For a stunning view of the city, get a room on the 11th floor or above.

The games: Baccarat is available with bets ranging from a minimum HK\$50 (\$6) up to HK\$3 million (\$386,900).

The Galaxy Hotel takes up the left tower and the right tower is split between the Japanese chain Hotel Okura and Singapore’s Banyan Tree Hotel, which is the luxury option and offers suites and Pool Villas.

A big draw is the Poker Room that offers No Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha.

The casino: The sprawling 420,000-square-foot space is packed with about 400 gaming tables and 1,300 machines.

Fast action baccarat is a hyped up version of the classic table baccarat — chips are automated and collected via trap doors built into the table. There are two spas — Encore Spa’s eight treatment rooms each have a Jacuzzi, sauna and shower room and guests can linger a while after their treatment. What else? The knockout feature is the rooftop wave pool, the largest in the world. Read the policy.

The Asian experience: Galaxy

No expense was spared in bringing Venice to Macau — there’s even a Grand Canal Shoppes complete with gondolas, on which gondoliers serenade guests.

There’s also sic bo, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, roulette, fortune wheel (an easy game for beginners with a minimum bet of HK\$50, or \$6) and casino war.

The games: Minimum bets on the tables are higher here than other casinos — you’re paying for a well-polished property with great service.

It opened with the residency for Cirque du Soleil, but that didn’t pan out (insiders say the largely mainland market has seen plenty of amazing acrobats in China) and it closed last year.

There’s another Wynn resort under construction on the Cotai Strip that will be much bigger.
The Venetian isn’t just the biggest casino in Macau. The most popular game after baccarat is sic bo — or “big /small” — an ancient Chinese game played with three dice.

There’s also a gym and a modest spa.

At night this iconic building is ablaze with lights that constantly change color.

What else? This was the first of Macau’s casino hotels to focus on entertainment.

The games: That massive casino floor is home to more than 500 gaming tables (baccarat, sands stud poker, blackjack, sic bo and roulette) plus more than 2,000 slot machines and electronic games.

The Galaxy lays claim to handing out more million-dollar jackpots than any other Macau casino — so far in 2013 the highest pay out has been HK\$21million (\$2.7million).

The games: There’s a good variety of games with all the usual suspects — baccarat, blackjack, craps, fan tan, roulette, sic bo, big wheel and more.

The Venetian, Estrada da Baía de N. For the best odds, according to the Australian floor manager, play craps — but you’ll have to look around for the table, as there’s just one.

Not a serious punter? A show at Wynn Macau might be the ticket.
Opened in 2006, the Wynn was Macau’s first Las Vegas-style resort.

City of Dreams is geared toward those who prefer to pair their chips with a glass of wine.
Located across the road from the Venetian on the Cotai Strip, the City of Dreams targets a different kind of guest.

Walk through any Macau casino and the vast majority of tables will be baccarat. The Wynn Spa has an extensive list of treatments, as well.

Gamblers in premium rooms get massage chairs and a fleet of London taxis at their disposal.

It expanded in 2010, adding a tower to become the biggest hotel on the Macau peninsula with 1,008 rooms and suites.

The boutique: Wynn Macau

The original 12-story casino Lisboa was built in 1970 by Stanley Ho.

The party never stops in Macau, thanks to 24-hour gambling at all 33 of the city’s casinos.

Wynn Macau, Rua Cidade de Sintra, Nape, Macau; +853 2888 9966

The big one: Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

The casino: With gaming space split over four floors, the casino has more than 430 gaming tables and 730 slot machines.

Grand Lisboa. The one casino that screams “Macau.”
Sitting in a great location right in the heart of the action is the original — Lisboa, just off Avenue D’Amizade alongside its sister property.

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Five new gaming operators have since come onboard to join Ho’s SJM Holdings — Wynn Macau, Sands China, Galaxy Entertainment Group, MGM China Holdings and Melco Crown Entertainment.

Blackjack starts at HK\$300 (\$39) with an HK\$1,000 (\$129) minimum bet in the High Limit area. on the main floor of the casino and keep up the Can Can until 2 a.m.

The games: It might not be as big as the Venetian, but it’s still a monstrous gaming space with a vast expanse of 600 tables offering all the major games. Created and directed by Franco Dragone, it’s performed by 80 artists in a specially built 270-degree theater-in-the-round.

The original: Grand Lisboa

Today, Macau pulls in more than five times the gaming revenue of Las Vegas and business is increasing with more casinos on the way.

Grand Lisboa, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau; +853 2828 3838

Leggy dancing girls from the Crazy Paris Show start their performance at 2 p.m. It lays claims to having the world’s largest casino floor — almost 540,000 square feet of gaming space.

This is most obvious in the Southeast Asian-themed architecture, such as the Buddhist stupas that top the property’s two towers.

Galaxy Macau, Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperença, Cotai, Macau; +853 2888 0888

Amazingly, the city’s casino scene blossomed just a decade ago, when the Macau government ended tycoon Stanley Ho’s 40-year monopoly on gambling in the city

Hotel: The City of Dreams’ has three hotels. The Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Tower and the Grand Hyatt Macau each have their own distinct personality and offer a total of 1,400 rooms.

The casino: This flash gambling palace has huge crystal chandeliers, fine carpets and careful attention to detail.

What else? Unlike other casinos, Grand Lisboa doesn’t have much by way of entertainment. It’s not especially big — 205,000 square feet — but with low ceilings and dimmed lights it’s well suited to those looking for an intimate gambling experience.

Bettors can lay their bets before or after the ball lands in the winning slot because the LCD Smart Glass over the wheel turns opaque while it’s spinning and then turns clear to reveal the winning number when the spinning has stopped. The minimum bet on dragon elements is HK\$25 (\$3) a spin — which makes it an affordable quick thrill.

A hot new attraction is Poker Stars Live, which has proved a hit with Asian gamblers. until midnight there’s a choreographed light and water show on Performance Lake in front of the property that runs every 15 minutes.

Dragon elements, launched in May, looks similar to a traditional roulette table but there’s a dragon motif on the table and the numbers on the wheel are sequential.

City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo (Coloane), Zona de Aterros entre as Ilhas de Coloane e da Taipa (Cotai), Macau; +853 8590 3000

It now focuses on big-name stars and has hosted Lady Gaga and Beyonce.

Hotel: There are 3,000 suites and each is at least 750 square feet with a sunken living room, private bedroom and flashy bathroom.

The Las Vegas Sands group spent \$2.4 billion to build this replica of the Las Vegas original, but added a lot more.

At 856 feet the Grand Lisboa is the tallest building in Macau. There will usually be one or two with a big crowd gathered around — these are “lucky tables.”

What else? The facilities are outstanding. In September 2013 it was named one of the world’s top 25 skyscrapers.

When a gambler is on a winning streak other punters join in, throwing their money behind him, and the atmosphere can be electric.

You’ll also see it in the restaurant options and other facilities — all with an Asian flavor.

If you’re after the luxury casino experience rather than something big, bold and brassy, Wynn Macau is the one for you.

For a truly Asian experience, it’s Galaxy.
Given that more than 95% of Macau’s tourists are from Asia, a resort catering to Asian tastes makes sense.

It’s known for its lavish design and although the smoky warren of gaming rooms has been renovated it’s still worth putting your head in — you don’t have to look too hard to spot some of the hardcore old-timers.

The minimum sic bo bet is \$300 (\$39) and there are 40 tables. Watching these ethereal, translucent creatures while you check in can be mesmerizing.

Macau has its own currency — the pataca, or MOP — but in the casinos the currency of choice is the Hong Kong dollar.

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Hotel: The Grand Lisboa Hotel has 430 rooms and suites. However CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. It’s due to open in early 2016.

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While families will have a fantastic time at the Venetian, if you’re kid-free and want to have some fun in the casino then City of Dreams is the place for you.

The Venetian recently introduced two new signature games, both based on longstanding favorites.

. Mobile chip trays mean dealers can hand out chips to winning bets faster. All this translates into a high-energy game that can be played by up to 60 people.

The cinema complex has nine screens including a 3D theater, a nightclub, shopping promenade and spas.

The must-see casino in Macau. Senhora da Esperança, Macau; +853 2882 8888

What else? The House of Dancing Water is the world’s largest water-based show. Every two months it hosts Red Dragon, a major poker tournament and the biggest of its kind in Asia.

For something saucy, TABOO has been taking cabaret to a whole new level since 2012.

In such a crowded market there’s heavy competition to be the brightest and the best, but the main players have each managed to carve out their own niche.

The casino: It’s got the world’s largest casino floor, so no surprise that it gets a lot of traffic with a fair number of non-gambling visitors coming just to take a look — 80,000 people cross the casino floor every day.

Hotel: The décor here is contemporary cool with playful elements, such as the moon jellyfish aquarium behind the check-in desk. Wynn has also attracted high-end stores, including Gucci, Hermes, Cartier, Bulgari, Georgio Armani and Chanel.

From 11 a.m. There are 1,500 slot machines with plenty of variety.

Gamblers come from more than 60 countries to take part in the action, which costs HK\$11,000 (\$1,419) to buy in.

The restaurants offer a range of Asian food, from Japanese, Korean and Chiu Chow to Cantonese and Macanese.

Opened in May 2011, the Galaxy is where you go for a truly Asian experience — it even promotes itself as offering “World Class Asian Heart.”

Hotel: There are three hotels, all keeping with the Asian theme.

There are four fine dining restaurants, four casual restaurants and three bars

# John McCain’s Gambling Problem — and Ours?

McCain is an avid gambler. When his aides stopped him, fearing a public relations disaster, McCain suggested that they ask the casino to take a craps table to a private room, a high-roller privilege McCain had indulged in before. The goal, say several people familiar with his habit, is never financial. He loves the thrill of winning and the camaraderie at the table.

This is not exactly my area of expertise, though I have been to Vegas three times in the past two years for conventions, during which I played the slots in the casinos for about a half-hour total — while winning two \$75 jackpots on the machines at the airport!

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The Michael Scherer and Michael Weisskopf article at Time contrasted McCain’s high-stakes and risk-taking gambling with Obama’s cautious, cerebral brand, practically inviting readers to consider how this might play out when one of them is in the Oval Office. “He never, ever plays on the house,” says Mark Salter, a McCain adviser.

In the past decade, [McCain] has played on Mississippi riverboats, on Indian land, in Caribbean craps pits and along the length of the Las Vegas Strip.

And here’s an excerpt from the Time story:

You may have read the Time piece already so here is an excerpt from an earlier Connie Bruck piece in The New Yorker, May 30, 2005:

Only recently have McCain’s aides urged him to pull back from the pastime. His aides, with alarm bells ringing, refused again, according to two accounts of the discussion.”

I love this quote from Anthony Holden, the well-known British poker-player and writer, from a recent article in the London Telegraph: “We poker players don’t call poker gambling.

. At the most obvious level, the game is incredibly simple — players rotate turns throwing the dice, and you either win or lose depending on what number comes up. “Uh-oh!” he cried, as a player accidentally threw the dice off the table. And Noam Schieber comments today at the New Republic’s The Stump blog on McCain’s visits to the crap tables in Vegas: “A few thousand dollars at a time? Wow.

But will all this attention now “scare the craps” out of McCain?

A diarist at DailyKos is even probing whether McCain has ever filed the proper federal tax forms for gambling profits and losses. Back in 2005 he joined a group of journalists at a magazine-industry conference in Puerto Rico, offering betting strategy on request. But McCain’s betting formula makes it much more complicated. Craps is an absurd game of luck. “Enjoying craps opens up a window on a central thread constant in John’s life,” says John Weaver, McCain’s former chief strategist, who followed him to many a casino. That’s more than borderline unseemly, I’d say — easily several hundred thousand dollars over a period of 5-10 years if McCain plays regularly. “And he just sort of revels in it.”

It’s not exactly a bolt out of the blue — as long ago as the 2000 campaign, Maureen Dowd was joking about the Bush men staking out the craps tables in Vegas to catch McCain in the act — but still intriguing. “He clearly knows that this is on the borderline of what is acceptable for him to be doing,” says a Republican who has watched McCain play. In the heat of the G.O.P. “Taking a chance, playing against the odds.” Aides say McCain tends to play for a few thousand dollars at a time and avoids taking markers, or loans, from the casinos, which he has helped regulate in Congress. “Craps is addictive,” McCain remarked, and he headed for the fifteen-dollar-minimum-bet tables. You may have thrilling short term wins but only madmen play craps.”

The moment the car stopped at McCain’s hotel in downtown New Orleans, he set out at his usual fast clip for Harrah’s, across the street. It is a game of skill. to midnight. Wes Gullett, a close friend who worked for McCain for years, told me that they used to play craps in Las Vegas in fourteen-hour stints, standing at the tables from 10 a.m. “This is a very, very superstitious game,” he said. It’s certainly a far cry from the \$1-ante games Obama played in Springfield.”

The surprising Time magazine piece this week about the gambling habits of John McCain (craps) and Barack Obama (poker) continues to reverberate, with McCain’s much more avid and cash-expending pursuit drawing most of the attention. primary fight last spring, he announced on a visit to the Vegas Strip that he was going to the casino floor