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World’s most popular dice games

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Mankind has been playing numbered cubes since before recorded history, and throughout the centuries, hundreds of games with dice were created. In Ancient Egypt, dice games were played before 3000 BC and up to the 2nd century AD, and even twenty-sided dice, or icosahedrons, were used. Different excavations in Middle Eastern settlements related to the Bronze Age unearthed a variety of game sets containing dice made from animal bones, with some findings dating back to 3100 BC. Other games involving dice are also mentioned in ancient Indian, Buddhist and biblical texts.

In ancient Greece, there was a game of skill played with dice that evolved into what we know today as knucklebones, or jacks. In the Roman Empire, gamblers used dice to play different games, in what was known as aleam ludere (to play at dice). There were two sizes of Roman dice: tali, which was a large die inscribed with 1, 3, 4 and 6 on four sides, and tesserae, a smaller die with all sides numbered 1 to 6.

Today, dice are used mostly as random number generators in a plethora of games, including tabletop games, board games, role-playing games, games of chance, and, of course, dice games. Whether we’re playing at a casino or at home with our friends, dice are a big part of our gaming lives.

However, despite being based on the same object, dice games can be really different from each other, varying a lot from region to region, influenced by local history and culture, and even by the environment. In this article, we present some of the most popular dice games in the world, and a few of their many intricacies.

 

Craps

 

Craps is certainly one of the most popular table games in the world today, being played at casinos in Asia, Europe and the United States. Based on an English game called Hazard, which may date back to the Crusades, Craps was originally a street game played in colonial Louisiana, and it was introduced by a young gambler, son of wealthy landowners, who learned Hazard in England, simplified its rules, and taught it to the local underclass.

Players bet on the outcome of dice throws – a player is designated the “shooter” to throw two dice – and there are different types of bets available. Playing Craps at a traditional casino can be really hard and intimidating to novice players, due to its many possible bets and outcomes. However, the game is offered by several online gaming operators, and playing online Craps is much easier, since most games feature a list of bets, screen guides and visual aids to help players get a better understanding of the game. Usually, these websites offer tables with different bet limits and payouts.

 

Sic bo

 

Sic bo, also known as tai sai, dai siu, or hi-lo, is a traditional Chinese game played with three dice. Sic bo means “precious dice”, and tai sai and dai siu mean “big or small”. Its origins are somewhat obscure, but it’s known to be over thousands years old, and an ancient variant was played by warriors during their relaxation period.

Just like Craps, Sic bo is also a casino game, and it’s very popular in Asia, especially in Macau, where the game is offered in almost every casino. In the United States, it was introduced by Chinese immigrants by the start of the 20th century, and since 2002, it can be found at casinos in the United Kingdom as well.

In Sic bo, players lay their wagers on different areas of a table divided into scoring boxes. Bets are made on different dice combinations, and the bets available vary from one casino to another. The dice are kept in a small chest that is shaken by the dealer before being opened to reveal the outcome. Sic bo is strictly a game of chance and there’s no strategy involved.

 

Dudo

 

Dudo, also known as cacho, perudo, or pico, is a popular game in South America, played with five dice and a dice cup. It is thought to have originated in Spain and then taken to America by conquistadors and taught to the Incas. Dudo is a part of the family of dice games known as Liar’s Dice.

Each player starts the game with five dice and a cup that is used to shake and conceal the dice from the other players. After shaking the cup at the start of rounds, each player must guess how many dice on the table, including other players’ dice, are showing a certain number. The player who loses the round loses one die, and the last player to still have dice is the winner.

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CFL to return in August

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The Canadian Football League (CFL), which saw its entire 2020 campaign wiped out by the COVID-19 outbreak, said on Monday its board of governors voted unanimously to kick off a shortened 14-game season in August.

The CFL, whose biggest source of revenue comes from ticket sales rather than TV deals like those enjoyed by larger U.S.-based leagues, also said fans will be able to return to the stands in line with provincial guidelines.

“This is an exciting day for Canadian football and for Canada itself,” CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a news release.

“I want to thank our fans, players, coaches, and partners for their incredible support and patience as we’ve worked together towards this day.”

The season will begin Aug. 5 while the Grey Cup championship game will be played Dec. 12 in Hamilton, Ontario.

The full schedule will be released on Tuesday along with each of the league’s nine team’s plan for distributing tickets to season ticket holders and, where government restrictions on stadium capacity allow, ticket sales to the general public.

After first delaying its 2020 season, the CFL decided to scrap it entirely following a last-ditch effort to secure financing from the Canadian government to stage a shortened campaign that would have been held entirely in Manitoba was turned down.

The CFL had previously said it would only move forward with a 2021 season if it could secure the government approvals for its plans to keep players and coaches safe and the green light to allow a “significant” number of fans to attend games.

“We are on track to receive all of the necessary health and safety approvals, thanks to our tireless medical advisers and staff, and the dedicated government officials who have been working with them,” said Ambrosie.

“And while the outlook for fans in the stands varies from province to province, we are confident that process is also on the right track.”

 

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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Mixed Martial Arts-Door is open for YouTube’s Paul brothers in MMA

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Logan and Jake Paul would make great Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, Bellator president Scott Coker has said as he targets exhibition matches featuring the YouTube personalities such as the former’s boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather.

Logan Paul went the distance, surviving eight rounds against unbeaten (50-0) five-division world boxing champion Mayweather in an exhibition on Sunday at Miami’s Hard Rock stadium.

USA Today reported the fight brought in one million pay per view buys with $50 million generated from sales in the United States.

It was only the second fight of Paul’s career, while his brother Jake has fought in three professional boxing matches, beating former MMA fighter Ben Askren in April.

Critics have labelled the bouts a sideshow due to the lack of sporting credibility of the duo, who made their names as social media personalities and have millions of subscribers on YouTube.

However, Coker told Reuters the brothers have impressive physiques and the door is open for them to move into MMA.

“I met with Logan Paul about two years ago and I’ve spoken to Jake Paul’s manager and Jake on a zoom call recently… The one thing I said was hey, if you want to do MMA we would love to promote you guys,” the 58-year-old said in a Zoom interview.

“These guys are young, athletic, strong and you saw the fight on Sunday night these guys they came and did their work.

“Mayweather couldn’t finish him and I know he tried, I heard he wanted to knock this kid out so bad,” he added.

“When I heard both had high school wrestling backgrounds in Ohio, which is a prominent wrestling state in the U.S., it really made me interested in pursuing them in some super fights in Mixed Martial Arts – and that door is continually open.”

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Bellator, owned by Viacom, is gearing up for a busy month of events, starting with Bellator 260 on Friday with the headline fight between reigning welterweight world champion Douglas Lima and the undefeated Yaroslav Amosov.

However, super fights and exhibitions are where Coker is targeting a younger audience.

“My 14-year-old niece, I told her I was going to the Logan Paul fight and she thought that was the greatest thing,” he said.

“She asked me who he was fighting and I said Floyd Mayweather and she said ‘who’s that?’ – I thought wow, she doesn’t know boxing, she doesn’t know MMA, she’s just a 14-year-old girl on the internet doing what they do.”

As the sporting world gears up for the delayed Tokyo Olympics starting in July, Coker believes MMA will feature in future Games.

“When you think about mixed martial arts, what you’re talking about is boxing, wrestling, judo, taekwondo, karate – those are all Olympic sports,” he said.

“Why wouldn’t mixed martial arts eventually get into the Olympics because six out of the seven disciplines MMA is known to use really is already there.

“There’d be a lot of details to work out but to me I think it will happen, it’s just a matter of time.”

 

(Reporting by Christian Radnedge,; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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Montreal will host the 2024 world figure skating championships

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Montreal will host the 2024 world figure skating championships, the International Skating Union (ISU) said on Wednesday, after the 2020 event Canada was to host was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The championships will return to Montreal from March 18-24, marking the 11th time Canada has staged the event.

“Skate Canada has a proven track record of holding successful ISU events and we are looking forward to bringing the world’s best skaters to the fantastic Canadian city of Montreal,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO of Skate Canada, in a statement.

 

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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