Liar’s Dice

Call into our Maths staffroom at lunchtime and you will often find 3 or 4 crazy teachers playing liar’s dice! We start the game by each rolling 5 dice in a concealed location.


A lot of people know about the game Liar’s Dice from the movie “Pirates of the Carribean”.

The basic rules are:

1. All players roll and hide their dice.

2. An opening bid is made.

3. Players in turn raise the bid until a challenge is made.

4. If the challenger is wrong they lose a die, otherwise the challenged player does.

We have a few extra local rules:

5. Ones are wild unless bid by the first player.

6. Each bid must be higher than the last according to the times tables:

eg1  4 fours (16) is  a higher bid than 5 threes (15)

eg2 6 fives (30) is a higher bid than 5 sixes (30), because it involves more dice.

Is this purely a game of chance? We think not. After playing many games “Collo” is our undisputed champion!


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I have been teaching Mathematics in Victorian secondary schools for 30 years. I use the www to make my maths lessons better. I hope this blog will give other teachers some ideas to try in their own classes.
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