There’s more to dice than six sides

Multiple Dice

They are just tiny pieces of plastic with little marks known as “pips” on them, but dice are serious business for people who love dice games. Here are 6 fascinating tidbits* for all those who love rolling the “bones”.

01

5,000 years and counting

Today’s “D6” cubes (so named because they’re six-sided) have been around for approximately 5,000 years, but it is believed that people have been carving and throwing dice for nearly twice that long.

02

The crystal ball

In the early days, dice were used primarily to divine the future rather than gambling. But by Medieval times, people were wagering on the roll of the dice.

03

Crouching toad

Hundreds of years ago in England, Hazard was the dice game of choice. It was also the precursor to today’s Craps—still the most popular dice game on the planet. Craps arrived in New Orleans via French settlers who called it Crapaud (French for “toad” and the crouched pose players often struck while playing the game in the streets).

04

The side story

Today you can find specialty dice with 10, 20, even 100 sides. These bespoke dice are often made of precious woods and metals, and are used around the world by professionals and amateurs in homes, cafes, bars… anyplace, really, where there is room for a good throw. Of course, OLG casinos use only their own standard D6 dice.

05

12 vs. 33

Beyond casinos, dice are commonly used for board games, including Monopoly and Catan. Board game dice usually have 12 mm sides and are often considered imperfect because they have rounded corners and edges. Casino dice usually have 33 mm sides with sharp edges and corners and are often red and translucent with white pips.

06

Dice quote of the day

“One who doesn’t throw the dice can never expect to score a six.”

– Navjot Singh Sidhu –

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