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Weird Gambling Games For A Break From The Ordinary
I've always dabbled in gambling games such as blackjack and poker. I've even laid a few sports wagers, even though my knowledge of those games is limited at best, before I started looking for some fun offbeat games to try my hand at. Since these tend to have obtuse rules or wouldn't make for very good money makers, I had to find a home audience for them.
One of the easiest to get friends on board with was putting down small bets on things that don't generally have a big following for fellow punters. We'd throw down our best guesses on things like yacht sailing and powerboat races as a start, then moved on to things like Academy Award winners.
Everyone knows Liar's Dice from Westerns or, more recently, the Pirates of the Caribbean. Each player gets to peek at dice that they've shaken in a cup and flipped over. They then take turns guessing at how many are showing a particular value until someone has the courage to call another on their bluff. The dice are checked and a player is eliminated.
Midnight Dice sees each player takes turns rolling six of our favourite cubes, keeping at least one per round, and rerolling the rest. Before passing their turn, they must have kept at least one 1 and one 4 while aiming to total as close to 24 as possible. The player that hits closest takes the whole pot. In the case of a draw, the pot stays and everyone antes up again for another game.
The last in our adventure into gambling with weird games saw us getting out the cards for a childhood favourite, War. Players flip a card each and the higher card takes both. A tie draws three and the winner takes all. This wasn't as much fun as it was as children, since there never was an end and I saw the same bets being pushed back and forth endlessly until everyone lost interest.
All in all, these odd games turned out to overall be more enjoyable for a small group of friends than we had expected than the usual games that everyone thinks of when asked about gambling. I'm going to call these offbeat ones a great success and will continue to look for more to play in the future.