Board games and card games are many and varied. These are designed for the entertainment of all, in fact, some even allow you to develop incredible skills of strategy and intelligence that are combined with chance. An example of this is the game of liar’s dice poker. This game of chance and strategy is a game that rewards luck and that is developed by eliminating the players that are adding points along the games. It is disputed by making small bets, which makes it more attractive.

The origin of this game goes back to the 50’s, when it was very frequent to play liar’s dice poker and to the 90’s, date in which it was popularized by Spanish university students -still today several university tournaments are held-. This game has its different variants, as is the case of the Basque Kiriki or The Liar, although both are very similar and both need a well-defined strategy to be able to beat the participants. In order to play liar’s dice poker you need a maximum of 8 players and a minimum of 2. This game is very popular -as well- among the military.

Below, we analyze everything you need to know about how to play liar’s poker in its dice version. We’ll explain it next.

What is liar’s dice poker?

Liar’s dice poker, or lying, is one of the most famous dice poker games that exist in Spain. It is inspired by the English deck of cards, with the main cards -or the most valuable cards in poker-. Usually, the duration of the lying poker games is from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the amount of players participating in the game -between 2 and 8 players-. It is a game that requires very high skills in order to win, as well as impeccable strategy, although this does not mean that it is difficult to play. Its difficulty, at a general level, is medium.

How do you play the liar with poker cards in dice version?

This game consists of a total of 5 dice with 6 faces each, which have to do with the highest value poker cards: Ace, K, Q, J, 10 and 9. To play lying poker, or lying dice poker, you must take into account the value and not the suit, since the dice are identical -so it can also be played with dice of numerical value-. This game is played by means of bets and eliminations, until reaching the total of 9 points. The points are added by each player when he loses a game -when he reaches the figure of 9 he is eliminated-. The winner of this game is the one who manages to win the final duel. To know how to play the liar with poker cards in the dice version it is necessary to know which are the combinations of poker and compare them with each other continuously. These are:

  • Repoker: This combination is the most valuable one. It consists of five identical values on the five dice. In case of a draw, the highest value in the traditional poker scale wins.
  • Poker: Combination of 4 equal dice and a different one. The highest value dice win the lowest value dice. In case of a combination of four equal dice, the remaining dice of higher value win.
  • Full house: Three equal dice and two equal dice.
  • Three: Three dice are equal and the rest are of different value.
  • Double Pair: Four of the five dice are paired, two to two.
  • Pair: The combination only has one pair, the rest of the dice are different from each other.

Lying Dice Poker Rules

The rules of lying dice poker are very simple. To start the round a player (player 1) must roll all five dice. These can be thrown all at once, in groups or one at a time.

The dice can be thrown to be seen by the other players or to be hidden inside a cup. However, a die may never be thrown several times and at least two of them must remain uncovered. Most often the player throws two or three dice and checks them without revealing the result. Based on this, the player will decide if he wants the next ones to be seen or hidden as well – it all depends on the strategy he is going to carry out. He can also reveal the dice rolled and hide the remaining dice in the cup. Then – taking into account the hidden dice and the visible dice – he must observe what kind of move he has. These will depend on the combinations explained in the previous point.

The next thing to do is to pass the play to the next player (player 2). The first player indicates the combination he has and the second player must decide whether to believe it or not. If the move is not created, you must raise the cup. In case it is true, player 2 loses -so it adds up to one point out of nine. In case the lie is uncovered, player 1 loses. In both cases, the next move will be initiated by the player to the right of the one who has lost.

Now, if the player considers that it is true, then what he must do is check the combination in secret and see if he got it right or wrong. In any case, player 2 will have to roll the dice looking for a combination superior to the one he thought was true – regardless of whether it really was or not. He can also leave the dice he wants untouched and look to change the rest of the dice to beat the combination. You are allowed to make up to two additional rolls with all or any of the five dice before proposing your highest value game, changing the dice of the previous combination that you are not interested in, for example, or changing them all.

The dynamic that moves this game is that, even if some player does not want to bluff, in the end he will be forced to do it because he has to get a higher move than the previous one. This means that the rounds are not extended indefinitely.