chuck-a-luck

chuck-a-luck

[chuhk-uh-luhk]
noun
a game played with three dice at which the players bet that a certain number will come up on one die, that the three dice will total a certain number, or that the total will be an odd number, even number, a high number, or a low number.
Also, chuck-luck [chuhk-luhk] .


Origin:
1830–40, Americanism

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chuck-a-luck

dice game of medieval origin that is related to grand hazard. It is played with three dice and a layout numbered from one to six upon which the players place their bets. The banker then rolls the dice by turning over an hourglass-shaped wire cage in which they are contained. The payoffs are usually 1 to 1 on singles, 2 to 1 on pairs, and 3 to 1 on triples appearing on the dice; for example, if a player places a bet on six and two sixes appear on the dice, the player is paid off at 2 to 1. The game can be found in some American and European casinos and gambling houses. The house edge, or mathematical advantage, averages 7.5 percent.

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