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For the video game, see Threes!.

Threes (also known as Tripps or Bender's Delight) is a dice game. It typically figures exclusively into at-home and private-party gambling; while the origins of its names remain unknown, some speculate the game originated with illicit drug users, who played the game while waiting for their dealer(s). According to this hypothesis, "tripps" was a double entendre on the homophones "trip" meaning a Psychedelic experience, and "tipple" indicating one facet of the game; certainly the game's least-common name, "Bender's Delight," refers to excessive alcohol consumption and/or an illegal drug binge.[1]

Game play[edit]

Although its name might seem to indicate otherwise, Tripps is played with five dice. Prior to each round players must post an ante in order to participate in the game. Following this step, players then take turns rolling all five dice; as in certain poker games, each player's objective is to have the lowest possible score at the end of the round. However, all numbers on the dice count as their face values except threes, which count for zero points each. Hence, getting five threes is the best possible roll in the game, and this might have contributed to the origin of two of the game's names. What's more, rolling five threes on your first roll counts as an automatic win in the game, thus making the roll extremely desirable.[2]

One additional desirable roll in Tripps is "Shooting the Moon"--which, one may speculate, was named for its similarity to the Hearts scoring variant. To shoot the moon a player must roll five sixes. If he does so he wins all standing bets and the round immediately ends.[3]

Assuming no player shoots the moon or rolls all threes in a round, each player may have the face numbers on any five of the dice he rolled during his turn recorded so he may use them in subsequent rounds. This is called "keeping," and each player must keep at least one of the numbers he rolled in the round. Once a player has selected his "keeper," or the die score he will carry over, he may not change his mind. Once all players have five keepers the scores of their five keepers are compared.[4]

The player with the lowest score wins the cumulative pot to that point, with tied sets of rounds resolving through a subset of rounds. In a tie-determining set of rounds the tied players pay an additional one-unit ante, and the winner of this set of rounds wins the entire pot to that point. Additionally, the winner of this subset of rounds must roll first in the following round or set of rounds.[5]


  1. ^ "Threes (Tripps) dice game". Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  2. ^ Hwang, Matt (2010-10-17). "Five Best Dice Games". Gambling City. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Tripps (also called Threes or Bender's Delight)". Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  4. ^ Hwang, Matt (2010-10-17). "Five Best Dice Games". Gambling City. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  5. ^ "dice-play: How to Play... Threes". Retrieved 2011-01-29.