• Angela Cumming

How to Play Sixes and Ones

I learned how to play this simple dice game in China at our favourite bar. My fondest memory of this game was when my friend Andi stopped by Shanghai on a layover and I could teach her this game!

Number of Players:

2-6 is recommended (but it's better with at least 3!)


-5 dice per player

-One dice cup

Objective of the Game:

The aim of this game is to be the first player to get rid of all their dice.


Each player gets one dice cup with 5 dice. Sit near each other at a table or other flat surface to roll the dice on to.


Each player rolls their dice in their cup and flips them over so the dice are under the cup. Players all reveal their dice at the same time. Each player checks out what dice they have and if they have any sixes, they get placed out of the game. Any ones are passed to a player of their choosing. Each player does this with their ones and sixes.

Play continues with each player re-rolling their remaining dice and revealing at the same time. Players give away their sixes and remove the ones from the game each round.


The winner is the first player to get rid of all their dice! It's really that simple.


-Make sure that you're really out of dice when you declare you're the winner! Remember the other players can still give away their sixes during the round.

Did you try this game? Let me know in the comments!


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