Balut

Played like 'yatzee' this is a fun game that requires no special skills (but don't tell the Balut section that). Using 5 dices in a leather cup, the aim is to try and get the best combination of the highest scores possible. As the game is played in many other clubs in Singapore and the region, the group often enters inter-club competitions.

A game of Balut consists of twenty-eight rounds wherein the player rolls the dice in order to score from one of the seven categories that have been established. The categories are 4’s, 5’s, 6’s, Straights, Full House, Choice and Balut. The player must score in each of the categories at least four times in order for it to be factored into their final score.

Players begin by rolling five dices and are given the chance to decide which ones they want to keep and which ones they would like to re-roll. They can re-roll as many of the dice as they like, and they can re-roll up to two times. Once you’ve finished your rolls, it’s time to record your run in one of the categories on the scorecard. Each category will be scored according to its own requirements.

For more information, please contact David Quinn at quinndj@singnet.com.sg