How to Play the C-Low Dice Game

By Curtis Fease
C-Low Winning Roll (4,5,6)

Not much information is known about the dice game C-low. It doesn't have the history that craps does, but many people still enjoy playing it. It is more of a street type of dice game and has varying rules. Knowing the basic C-low rule set will ensure that you can pick up all of its variants quickly.

Get together with at least one friend. More than two players can play, but there must be at least two. Decide on how much the two of you will wager on the round. Once that amount is decided upon, place the money--or the "pot"--in a pile.

Roll the dice (three die) if you are the first player. Each player will get her turn to roll. If you (or whoever is rolling) rolls a 1, 2, 3 on the dice, then you automatically lose. If you roll a 4, 5, 6 on the dice, then you immediately win. The only way to survive if the roller rolls a 4, 5, 6 is to roll a 4, 5, 6 as well, which will require a "shoot-out" round between the players who rolled the 4, 5, 6.

Continue rolling until a recognized combination is rolled. The two combinations mentioned in Step 2 are just two of the possible combinations. Another possible combination is to roll three of the same number (trips). Three of the same number will not beat a 4, 5, 6, but it beats all other rolls. The only way to beat a roll of three of the same number is to roll a 4, 5, 6, or to roll triples of a higher number. For example, a roll of 4, 4, 4 will beat a roll of 2, 2, 2.

The only other recognized rolls besides the ones mentioned in Steps 2 and 3 are doubles. For example, a roll of 3, 3, 5 is a recognized combination. As long as two of the die match, then it is a legal roll. If two of the die do not match, and none of the rolls mentioned in Steps 2 and 3 are rolled, then the player must continue rolling until he rolls a recognized combination..

Remember your score. To get your score, you will take the single number from your roll mentioned in Step 4. So if you roll a 3, 3, 5, then your score is 5. If you roll a 6, 6, 5, then your score is still 5. The double numbers have no effect on your score. A roll where the single number is a 6 is hard to beat. To beat a roll where the single number is a 6, either trips (three of same number) or 4, 5, 6 must be rolled. If the 6 is matched, then the two people with the sixes go another round (assuming no one beat them). If two players get the highest rolls, then they may bet extra money before they go another round, if they wish.

Remember the scoring structure. 1, 2, 3 loses. 4, 5, 6 must be matched; otherwise it beats all other rolls. Trips are the next highest roll. 6, 6, 6 is the highest trip, and beats all trips below it. The next scoring level is rolling doubles with one single. The single die is your score. Remember, however, that even trip ones (1,1,1) still beats a high 6 (3,3,6 or any combo of six high). Whoever has the highest roll at the end of the round takes the whole pot.

Tip

There are several variants of play. In some games the first player to roll 4,5,6 wins, and no other players roll after that roll. It is best to get the basic rules down and then make sure you and your friends lay out the other rules before starting play.

About the Author

Curtis Fease started writing professionally in 2007. He has a dual bachelor's degree in psychology and criminal justice from Augusta State University.