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Last Updated: May 19, 2014

Street Dice

Introduction

Street Dice is a dice game that debuted at the Downtown Grand casino in Las Vegas on May 16, 2014. It could loosely be described as a simplified version of craps, with just two bets and a maximum of four rolls to resolve a bet. At the Grand, the game is played outdoors with the dice cast inside a three-sided wood box, painted to look like an alley.


The dealer uses a claw to pick up the dice.

Rules

There are two bets only in Street Dice. Both are played with two ordinary dice.


Pass Bet

  1. The Pass bet is made before the "Set the Point" roll, the equivalent to the come out roll in craps.
  2. If the Set the Point roll is a 7, then the Pass bet pushes.
  3. If the Set the Point roll is an 11, then the Pass bet wins even money.
  4. If the Set the Point roll is a 2, 3, or 12, then the Pass bet loses.
  5. Otherwise, whatever was rolled becomes the Point. The object is to roll the point again, within three more rolls, and without rolling a seven. The odds depend on the point and on which roll it was rolled a second time, according to the pay table below.
  6. If a seven is rolled after the Set the Point roll, or the player goes three rolls without rolling the point or a seven (I'll call this getting three strikes), then the Pass bet loses.

Pass Bet Pay Table

Roll Point
4, 10 5, 9 6, 8
1 5 to 1 4 to 1 3 to 1
2 4 to 1 3 to 1 2 to 1
3 3 to 1 2 to 1 1 to 1


These are the dice used. They are a little bigger than craps dice. I'm told the Grand preferred to use even larger dice, but these are as big as Nevada Gaming will allow.

Some readers might wonder about the bounciness of the ground. It is like wet clay. Sometimes the dice just lay right where they land.

Brick Bet

  1. The Brick bet is made before the "Set the Point" roll.
  2. If the Set the Point roll is a 7 or 11, then the Brick bet pushes.
  3. If the Set the Point roll is a 2, 3, 5, 9, or 12, then the Brick bet loses.
  4. Otherwise, whatever was rolled becomes the Point. The object is to roll the point again the hard way* within three more rolls, and without rolling a seven or the point the easy way**. A win pays 25 to 1.
  5. If the player rolls a seven, rolls the point the easy way, or goes three rolls after the Set the Point roll without doing either, then the Brick bet loses.

* The Hard Way is rolling a particular even number with both dice landing on the same face. For example, a five and five would be called a hard 10.
** The Easy Way is rolling a particular even number with both dice landing on difference faces. For example, a four and six would be called an easy 10.

Analysis

The following return table shows the probability and contribution to the return of all possible outcomes of the Pass bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 5.02%.

Pass Bet Return Table

Event Pays Probability Return
Set the Point roll 7 0 0.166667 0.000000
Set the Point roll 11 1 0.055556 0.055556
Set the Point roll 2, 3, 12 -1 0.111111 -0.111111
Roll 1 -- Point 4 or 10 5 0.013889 0.069444
Roll 1 -- Point 5 or 9 4 0.024691 0.098765
Roll 1 -- Point 6 or 8 3 0.038580 0.115741
Roll 2 -- Point 4 or 10 4 0.010417 0.041667
Roll 2 -- Point 5 or 9 3 0.017833 0.053498
Roll 2 -- Point 6 or 8 2 0.026792 0.053584
Roll 3 -- Point 4 or 10 3 0.007813 0.023438
Roll 3 -- Point 5 or 9 2 0.012879 0.025758
Roll 3 -- Point 6 or 8 1 0.018605 0.018605
Seven out -1 0.248114 -0.248114
Three strikes -1 0.247054 -0.247054
Total 1.000000 -0.050223

The following return table shows the probability and contribution to the return of all possible outcomes of the Brick bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 6.27%.

Brick Bet Return Table

Event Pays Probability Return
Set the Point roll 7 or 11 0 0.222222 0.000000
Set the Point roll 2, 3, 5, 9, 12 -1 0.333333 -0.333333
Hard way win 25 0.027502 0.687538
Point made easy way -1 0.088594 -0.088594
Seven out -1 0.165009 -0.165009
Three strikes -1 0.163340 -0.163340
Total 1.000000 -0.062738


This display indicates how many more rolls the player has to hit the point.

Rack Card


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Here I am making the very fist bet, which was Tweeted. Hopefully, that guy behind me wasn't holding his nose because of me.

  • Die Rich — Similar game that appeared at the Luxor in 2006.



Written by: Michael Shackleford

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