The Best Ways to Use Dice (Aside from Backgammon, of Course)

Dice are perhaps the oldest ways to generate random numbers or combinations of symbols. They have been used since before recorded history - the first die archaeologists discovered in south-eastern Iran is estimated to be almost 5,000 years old. Dice have been used for many things aside from playing games but this is their most famous role. Ancient civilizations all over Eurasia were shown to have been using them - in Rome, they were played with by emperors and plebeians alike. Over time, they became an important part of board games and grew into one of the best-known symbols for games of chance. Out of their myriads of uses, let us take a look at some of the most interesting ones available today (aside from backgammon, of course).


Craps is a game you'll find in all Las Vegas casinos and online at Craps is considered by many to be as much a game of skill as it is a game of chance. Not online, though - craps has never managed to become a popular game at the Red Flush and beyond, perhaps due to its strong social element that the Red Flush is simply unable to reproduce. It's still one of the most popular games in land-based casinos - craps tables almost always have a crowd around them, cheering for the shooter.

Dice control is a skill that can be learned - this is one of the reasons why some professional gamblers choose craps as their preferred game. It is also a ton of fun, though, which makes it popular among "civilians", too.


Yahtzee was born out of the fusion of several popular dice games all over the world - it is related to the English game of "Dice Poker" and the Puerto Rican game of "Generala". Yahtzee has been patented in 1956 by game entrepreneur Edwin S. Lowe, It is a game with a relatively complex set of rules, which made its first years on the game market bumpy. After a beefed-up marketing campaign, the game gained a lot of popularity, ultimately growing into one of the most popular dice games in the world, with over 50 million units sold each year (not to mention its computer versions).


Farkle, also known as Zonk, Zilch, 10000, Wimp Out, Greed, and Squelch, Dix Mille, Ten Grand, and many other names, is another exciting game you can play with dice. It's simple and fun, needing only six dice and a piece of paper to be played. Each player starts the game with zero points with the ultimate goal to reach a score of 10,000. It comes with a rather complex scoring table and some interesting rules but this doesn't make it any less worthy of learning.

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