Each game involves two or more players. A bet amount is decided upon and each player puts that amount in the pile or pot. Each person then goes on to roll all three dice at once, and continues to do so until a recognized combination, or number, is rolled.
The most common combination is two of the same number, and a third different number. The value of the roll is the third unique number. The objective is to have the highest valued roll to win. However, there some special combinations:
- 1 2 3
- The lowest possible roll.
- 4 5 6
- The highest possible roll.
- If you roll three of the same number, this is known as rolling "trips". All other players must now roll a higher number with trips or 4 5 6 to win.
If two or more players roll the same highest combination, a new round of the game begins between those players. Sometimes each one deposits twice as much money into the pot as he did in the previous round. The rolling process again occurs, with only those left in the game rolling. The game ends once there is a single winner in a round, with all the money in the pot going to them.
- A common practice is that if a player wins with trips or 456, all players must pay double the original bet.
- If a player rolls the dice 5 times without getting a combination, they are out.
Cee-lo is sometimes played that if a 456 is rolled then it is an automatic win and no one else can even tie it.
Likewise, a 123 would be an automatic loss and the person who rolled it would be automatically out. This loss includes for all "pushes" that may occur in a hand.
In the West Coast Version, besides a 456, the highest pair wins and the 3rd number is of no meaning. 123 is meaningless, but roll "trips" and you're out.
In a two player game if you roll the dice and If the odd dice is a "1" you "aced out"...lost automatically If the odd dice is a "6"..."head crack"... you win automatically...
In the event of a draw between two or more players, the players who tied must play another round, but players must double their last bet.