The players play as risk-taking gamblers trying their luck in the glitzy world of Las Vegas.
Six casinos can be visited, each of them showing a different number and each with a different amount of money available to be won overall.
Round after round the same questions are asked: Where should I place most of my dice in order to gain a majority there? Where will my opponents be placing their dice? And where can I maybe grab a tidy sum from a competitor and roll it into my own pockets?
But be careful, that kind of battle over the biggest bucks has gone bad more than once - leaving someone else laughing at the end!
- 40 dice (8 in each player color)
- 6 casinos (with die values 1-6)
- 54 banknotes
- 1 start player card
Object of the Game
The winner is the player with the most money after four rounds.
Place the 6 casinos next to each other in the middle of the table in die value order (see figure).
Shuffle the 54 banknotes and place them in a face-down pile next to the casinos. Afterwards, place banknotes above the casinos.
Keep adding banknotes to a casino until the total value is at least $50,000. Should multiple banknotes have been added to a casino, then arrange the notes such that all of their values are visible (see figure).
Give each player the 8 dice in the color of his choice.
Give the oldest player the start player card.
The game is played out over four rounds, each of which is made up of each player getting around four or five dice rolling turns.
The oldest player begins (start player card), after which play continues in clockwise direction.
On your turn, roll all of the dice you have left (all 8 to start the round, fewer and fewer as the round goes on). Then, you must choose exactly one of the numbers rolled and add all of those dice to the matching-numbered casino. It doesn't matter if you or another player has already added dice to the casino or not.
It is then the next player's turn to roll and place, etc. until all players have placed all of their dice.
Example: Benno rolls (midway through a round) four 3s and a 5.
He chooses the four 3s and adds all of them to the "Mirage" casino (he could not have chosen to add only one, two or three of the 3s!).
On his next turn, Benno will simply roll and then add his last die to the appropriate casino.
If you are out of dice, then you pass for the rest of the round. (So it is possible that only one player has any dice left and thus gets to take multiple turns in a row toward the end of a round).
Once the last player has added his final dice to a casino, then the casinos pay out:
First, check each casino to see if two or more players have the same number of dice there. Wherever this is the case, each of the affected players return all of their affected dice back to their supplies.
Example 1: Anna added 5 dice to the "Caesars Palace"casino; Benno and Carla added 3 each and Denny added 1. Benno and Carla both take their 3 dice back.
Example 2: Anna and Carla both added2 dice to the "Golden Nugget"casino while Benno and Denny each added 1: All players take their dice back.
Afterward it is time to distribute the banknotes from the first casino. The player who added the most dice to the casino takes all of his dice back from this casino (returning them to his supply) and receives the highest-value banknote from it.
Any remaining banknotes are distributed to the remaining players in order of descending number of dice. Should there not be enough banknotes for everyone, then the remaining players miss out. They take their dice back and receive nothing.
Should there be any banknotes left on the casino after distribution, then take the leftover notes and place them, face down, beneath the pile.
Pay out the other five casinos in the same manner. Any money that players have won gets placed in front of them, face down.
Example 1: Anna receives the $80,000 note and Denny the $30,000 note. The $10,000 note is returned to the bottom of the pile.
Example 2: Benno receives one of the $40,000 notes. The other is returned to the bottom of the pile.
Example 3: Carla receives the $70,000 note and Benno the $20,000 note. Denny gets nothing.
The Next Round
Resupply the six casinos with banknotes so that they once again have at least $50,000 on them (see game setup).
The player to the left of the previous start player receives the start player card and starts the next round ...
End of the Game
The game ends after four rounds and the players count their money. The player with the most money is the winner.
In the event of a tie, then the winner is the player with the most banknotes. If there is still a tie then there are multiple winners.
Variant (2 to 4 players)
All previous rules are in effect with the following exceptions:
At the start of each round, players receive, in addition to the 8 dice in their color, additional dice in a neutral, unused, color (we recommend white):
with 2 players, each player receives 4 white dice (= 12 total)
with 3 or 4 players each player receives 2 white dice (= 10 total) (In a three player game, the two leftover white dice get rolled by the start player at the start of the round and placed accordingly).
On your turn, you must roll your neutral dice along with those of your own color and then place them just as you would your own.
Example: Carla rolls two 1s of her own color as well as one white 1; she also rolls a 5 of her own and a neutral 6. She can now choose to place either all three 1s, her own 5, or the neutral 6.
At the end of a round, the neutral dice are scored as if they belonged to an additional (imaginary) player. Any money that this ,player' wins gets added to the bottom of the pile.
Example 1: The $80,000 note goes to white (and is thus added to the bottom of the pile); Benno receives the $30,000 note.
Example2: Carla receives the $70,000 note and white receives the $40,000 note (added to the bottom of the pile); Anna receives nothing.