Liar’s Dice Rules
5 Dice Cups
The object of the game is to use probability, deception, and bluffing to be the last player to have any dice remaining.
Liar’s Dice requires two or more players. Each player receives a dice cup and five 6-sided dice.
Game Play for “Single Hand”:
Each player shakes their dice and all players simultaneously turn their cups over on the table. Each player peeks at their dice keeping it hidden from the other players.
Choose a player to begin. The player will start by making a bid consisting of two things: the face value of the dice (1 – 6) and the number of dice of that face value they believe were rolled by all the players. For example, a player could bid “four 3’s”.
After the initial bid is placed, play continues to the left (clockwise). The next player has two choices. They may raise the bid, for example “five 3’s,” or challenge the previous bid by calling the previous player a liar. There are many variations to bidding, with the popular variations shown below.
If the bid is challenged, all players show their dice. If the number of the relevant face revealed is at least as high as the bid, bid is valid and the bidder wins. Otherwise the challenger wins. If the bidder loses, they remove one of their dice for the next round. Otherwise if the challenger was wrong, they remove one of their dice for the next round.
The loser of the previous round starts the new round. Once a player loses all their dice, they are eliminated. If the loser of the last round was eliminated, the next player starts the new round.
The winner of the game is the last player to have any dice remaining.
A common variation is having Ones (Aces) wild. Ones count as the stated face of the current bid, unless Ones are the current face value bid.
- The player may bid a higher quantity of the same face, or any quantity of a higher face.
- The player may bid a higher quantity of any face, or the same quantity of a higher face.
- The player may bid any quantity of any face, as long as either the quantity or face is higher than the higher of the two numbers of the previous bid.