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Art Deco Bakelite Poker dice set
A 1930s set of Bakelite Poker dice, in three sizes.
The scarce, largest size (2 inches square) intended for carpet play, the middle set (1 inch square) for table play, and the smallest set of pocket dice. Each six-sided die with a Jack, Queen and King, Ace of Spades, 9 of Spades and 10 of Hearts to each side. Retailed by Asprey, this set of fifteen die comes in a bespoke Asprey presentation case. Dice games like this, with playing card motifs instead of pips, date back as early as the 1890s.
Length of case: 14 inches (36 cm)
How to play: in this simple dice game, your goal is to make the best possible hand. Each player takes a single turn and may roll the dice up to three times, trying to roll the best poker hand they can. On any of the three rolls the player may set aside one or more of the dice, (although they are not required to). The current player may choose to end his turn after the first or second roll.
How to score: the dice hands rank as follows (from highest to lowest): Five of a kind, four of a kind, full house (three of a kind and a pair), three of a kind, two pair, one pair, high card. And that's it – the player with the highest hand wins the game!