HERE'S A PICTURE TO HELP YOU SEE THE SIZING OF MOST OF THE DICE WE SELL
From left to right: 5mm=3/16" - 8mm=5/16" - 10mm=3/8"
12mm=7/16"-1/2" - 16mm=5/8" (standard size) - 19mm=3/4" - 25mm=15/16"
There are a few other in-between sizes and even larger dice, but these are the most popular and should give you an idea of the other sizes by comparison.
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BACK ALLEY BRIDGE
For two to four players. Use one full deck of 52 cards plus two jokers. One joker will be marked “LARGE” Joker and the other is marked “SMALL” Joker. This is much more fun with four players, but still gets pretty crazy with just two or three players.
For the first hand, deal 13 cards to each player. The top remaining card is turned face up and determines trump. There are a total of 26 hands—13 hands counting down and 13 hands counting back up. 13 cards, 12, 11, 10, etc. When you reach one card each, you repeat the single card hand and begin counting back up—2, 3, 4, etc.
Each player makes a bid knowing what trump is and that all cards are basically out in the first hand, starting to the dealer’s left. High bid begins play. Aces are high and can only be taken by either Joker. The Large Joker can take the Small Joker. If a Joker is turned up as the “trump” card during the deal, the dealer gets to look at his hand and name trump.
Scoring is based on five points per trick won. If you make your bid exactly, you double that to ten points per trick. If you go over your bid, you get five points per trick plus one point for each extra trick. If you fail to reach your bid, you lose five points for each trick bid.
The two hands where four cards are dealt to each player are bonus hands. If you get one card of each suit (diamond, heart, club & spade), you get a bonus of 25 points. Jokers are wild in this instance. If you have either joker as well as a heart, club and spade, you get the 25 bonus points (the joker is the diamond).
Additional bonuses that can be earned come from taking all the tricks in one hand. This usually happens most often in the lower-card hands (2, 3, or 4—but is possible sometimes in higher hands!). If you take three of three tricks, you earn the 30 points from the regular scoring PLUS you use the “3” as a multiplier—30 x 3 = 90 points. If you take all four tricks in that hand, you earn 40 x 4, or 160 points! An extra bonus for bidding that a player can take all tricks is that they can lead off with jokers or trump. If the player leads with the “Large” Joker, all players have to play their largest trump card (Small Joker included). If the player leads with the “Small” Joker, all players have to play their smallest trump card.
High score at the end of the 26 hands is the winner.
I've created a scoresheet for the game. If you'd like me to send it as an attachment through email, please drop me a message using the email at the left in the "contact us" box.
This is such a fun game. One of our friends taught us this when he came home from Vietnam. He'd learned it in the Marines. I've never seen another game that has these instructions or anything similar. Hope you enjoy it!
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