“You Almost Can’t Lose” Rules Amendment
In the hot tub at Park City, Lee proposed additional rules for Liars Dice. He suggested limiting a game to one hour total with one minute for each player to challenge the previous roll or roll and call a new hand. Also, he suggested a $5 or $10 per player ante with 50% of the pot going to the winner, 30% to 2nd place and 20% to 3rd place. In the event of a tie or ties, the pot is divided as defined below.
The time rules and payout for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will keep all players in the game and also limit each game to a predictable total time. Lee said “you almost can’t lose” with the new rules.
Each player’s seat at the table is determined by a blind draw of a number. The total numbers drawn equal the number of players. Players then sit at the table in either clockwise or counterclockwise order of the drawn numbers starting with number 1. The direction of play (either right or left) is determined by a coin flip or roll of the dice. To start the game, each player rolls one die, and the high roll goes first. Play then proceeds left or right as previously determined.
The one hour game clock is a 60 min countdown timer which starts on the first roll. One player is responsible for monitoring and reporting the status of the one hour timer. The game ends immediately when the one hour countdown timer rings.
A second countdown timer is used to track the one minute time limit for each player to challenge or roll and call a hand. Each player is responsible for resetting and passing the 60 second timer when a hand is called. If a player fails to challenge or roll and call a hand before the 60 second timer rings, the player is credited with a loss on the player’s scorecard. A player is also credited with a loss if he challenges and loses or is challenged and loses. The player with the fewest losses when the game ends wins 50% of the pot, 2nd fewest 30% and 3rd fewest 20%.
In the event of a tie or ties, the pot will be divided:
- If two players tie for 1st place, the 1st and 2nd place % are added together and divided equally between the two 1st place winners. The 2nd place player will receive the 3rd place %.
- If three players tie for 1st place, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place % are added together and divided equally among the three 1st place winners. The 2nd and 3rd place players will not receive any payout.
- The process for dividing the pot is the same for 2nd place ties.
- For 3rd place ties, the 3rd place % is divided equally among the number of players in the tie.