Understanding and Analyzing Chuck-a-Luck

The Chuck-a-luck game is an old favorite played in early mining camps in Nevada and California with different variants that most likely came from Hazard’s English game. While Hazard uses two dice, Chuck-a-luck, like Sic-Bo, employs three.

It’s easy to learn how to play Chuck-a-luck at the local land-based or online casino, discovering the game is difficult, because there are not many casinos that still sell the game of dice. Chuck-a-luck is a relatively simple game played with a cage shaped like an hourglass. Chuck-a-luck is played with three major dice, unlike craps where two dice are used.

Typically, the metal cage used is around 18 “long. The cage is rotated (sometimes called a birdcage) so the dice move from one hand to the other. The base of each side is large enough to lay flat and to be totaled for each of the three, six-sided dice. Bets are made before the cage spins, and winning bets are paid after the total dice. The layout of the betting is very easy too.

In the Chuck-a-luck game, players choose from five different types of bets. Wagers are made by putting chips (or cash, if accepted) inside the boxed numbers shown on the screen, based on what players think the dice will total on the next cage roll. The layout’s largest wager boxes respond to the single numbers that can be placed together.

Single Numbers Bet

You can bet on a single number (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and pay even money for every die you choose. You are paid 1 to 1. If you bet on the number “3” and one die has a “3” If a “3” comes up with two dice, you get paid 2 to 1. The house edge on a number bet is 7.87 percent if all three dice come up with a “3” you get paid 3 to 1.

Field Bet

A field wager is a bet that the total of the three dice will be between 3 and 7, or between 13 and 18. This bet pays equalized money, or 1 to 1. If the dice number is between eight and twelve you forfeit. It is so easy! The edge of a field bet on the house is 15.74 per cent.

High Bet (over 10)

A “high” wager is a bet that the total of the three dice is greater than 10. This bet pays equalized money, or 1 to 1. If the dice sum is less than 11, then you forfeit. If all three dice are the same, you also lose-a three of a kind. On a strong bet the house edge is 2.86 percent.

Low Bet (under 11)

A “low” wager is a bet that the total of the three dice would be less than 11. This bet pays equalized money, or 1 to 1. If the dice total is greater than 10, you lose. If all three dice are the same, you still fail-a three of a kind. On a strong bet the house edge is 2.86 percent.

Every Triple

A wager on any triple is a bet that all three dice are going to be equal. This Bet pays between 30 and 1. Any triple bet on the house edge is 13.9 per cent. This edge of the house is the likely reason why Chuck-a-luck is not found in many casinos, because players have become used to more player-friendly odds.

On the other hand, the game was very popular in its day, and in a regular craps game, the Any triple wager usually has a smaller edge of house than Any seven! Yeah, a couple of craps table horn bets are a little stingy. Raising the payoff on the Chuck-a-luck Any triple to 31-1 or 32-1 would make the game’s overall appeal better and you might find it once again at casinos.