Bluff

pic1118577_mdBluff is a dice game that can be played between at least two persons. The aim of this game is to trick or deceive your opponent as well as to be able to perceive when they are deceiving you.

This game is believed to have originated when the Spaniards (namely the conqueror Pizarro) brought the game from South America.

History

This occurred in the sixteenth century. Today, the game is known by several names including liar’s dice, deception dice, pirates dice, deception, and call my bluff. There is also a popular drinking game variation of this game called Mexicali. The game can be played in two different ways, either common hand or individual hand.

The individual hand approach is usually meant for two players. Since this game is a lot like poker it can be played using poker dice. The dice are passed between the two players throughout the game. The person who goes first is decided at random or can be decided by the players on something at random (for example who rolls a higher number). The player who makes the first move will roll their dice but hide it from their opponent.

The player’s hand is called in the form of poker, so there are: five of a kind (for example if the hand is 22222), a full house (for example 22333), a low straight (for example 12345), three of a kind (for example 22243), a pair (for example 99641) etc. After the first dice is rolled, one player will call the hand while the other will “call the bluff”, “call a higher hand” or roll the dice again.

If the player chose to call the bluff, he or she will show their dice and the winner or loser will be determined. The person who fools their opponent the most and avoids being deceived will win the game.

Common hand is a bit different to individual hand. Unlike with individual hand, this is usually played using more than two players.

Each player is given five six-sided dice and cups that are used to hide them. In a round of common hand, a player will roll his hand under the cup. They will then look at their hand, but keep it out of the vision of the other players. After this, bidding may commence. In order to bid a player will declare the face value in addition to the how much dice showcases that value.

A one is considered wild and counts as the face of the existing bid. The players after that can either make a higher bid or challenge the bid that came before. In order to challenge a bid, a player will usually say “liar”.

To make a higher bid you must either increase the quantity or face value of the bid. If a challenge is made on the preceding bid all of the dice must be revealed. If the bid was legitimate the bidder wins if the bid was false the opposing party wins.

Strategy

There are some general tips and strategies that can help you be the best at this game. Firstly it is important to keep in mind that this game is sometimes based on probability or statistical factors.

Therefore it is usually recommended to play with no more than six players when money is involved. However If the game is just for fun then of course there is no limit to how many players are needed.

A recommended time to lie would be early in the game. Nevertheless you must also shake up your bidding strategy so that you do not become too predictable. Whenever someone is called on and the cups are lifted, observe and stay alert as to whether or not they bluffed.

Observe their strategy as well as their motions, this will help you to understand your competitors better, especially if you plan on playing with them often.

You must also maintain a strict poker face so that this strategy cannot be used on you. When bluffing, do not fall into a pattern as being predictable will lead to your detriment. Your speed is also important in this game. If you take a very long time to play, people will begin to study and understand you. Instead you should make quick confident statements.

Since bluff can be played virtually as well as physically, different strategies will apply in different situations. After becoming comfortable with the game it is easy to create your own tricks and tips.

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