Balut

Dice Games

Players
2+
Age
7+
Time
15 - 60
# Balut
# dice game
# Yahtzee
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How to set-up

1. To start the game, you will need 5 dices and a score sheet for each player.

2. You have five die, which you can roll. First you must roll all the die.

3. After you roll all the die, you can either score the current roll, or re-roll any or all of the five die.

4. You can roll the die a total of 3 times - the initial roll (in which you must roll all the dice), plus two re-rolls of any or all dice.

How to play

1. A Balut is a five-of-a-kind of any denomination, but unlike in the game Yahtzee it counts for little in terms of points.

2. Players who obtain a Balut announce it to the other players by calling out - Balut!” similar to calling out - bingo!

3. You must score 4 times in each category

4. If the total score in each category meets the requirement for that category (apart from one) you are awarded some points.

5. Once you have the dice face combination you want to score, you score the roll in one of the 7 categories.

6. Once a field has been scored, it is closed out for the rest of the game; you cannot change a field's score once it has been set.

7. In the first 3 categories you total only the specified die face.

8. So if you roll and score in the Sixes category, your total for that entry would be 18.

9. This same roll would yield zero if you scored it in the Fives and 4 if you scored it in the Fours category.

10. The fourth category is named Straights. Like in poker, a straight is a sequence of consecutive die faces.

11. A small straight is 5 consecutive faces, starting from 1. A large straight is 5 consecutive faces starting from 2 and ending at 6.

12. A small straight yields a score of 15 (1+2+3+4+5) and a large straight 20 (2+3+4+5+6).

13. Again as in poker, a Full House is a roll where you have both a 3 of a kind, and a pair.

14. Full house yield a score equal to the total number of eyes on all five die.

15. A Balut is a 5 of a Kind ( all the die faces are the same), and it yields a score of 20 plus all the die faces values.

How to win

1. The objective of the game is to have the most points.

2. The game ends when all 4 fields in all 7 categories have been scored.

Tips & tricks

1. The game involves rolling five dice up to 3 times to make various combinations, which are then noted on a scorecard.

2. The game consists of 28 rounds. In each round, you roll the dice and then score the roll in one of 7 categories.

3. Normally at the end of the game, you may have to settle for scoring zero in some categories.

4. After rolling three times, you must score the roll somewhere on the scoresheet. Once you have scored the roll, you roll again.

5. You continue until all 4 fields in all 7 categories have been filled on the scoresheet, at which time the game is over.

History

1. Balut is a game invented at the end of World War II by an American soldier lacking playing cards for playing poker. He was stationed on Cebu (the Philippines) and initially named the game Poker Dice.

2. The game is named after a delicacy made from the fetal duck egg available in some Southeast Asian countries.

3. People from Denmark have taken the game as a popular method of social interaction abroad and at home, with different kinds of Danish people gathering to play the game monthly.