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Wooden Glückshaus board with pyrographic artwork

Glückshaus (House of Fortune) is a gambling dice game for multiple players. It is played with two dice on a numbered board.[1] The name was coined in the 1960s by Erwin Glonnegger who also created the modern design of the board by merging older dice games with a staking board for a card game.[2]


The board is divided in fields numbered from 2 to 12 (with 4 often left out), arranged in the form of the rooms of a house. Each player rolls two dice.

  • On a roll of 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 or 11, the player places a coin on the board if that room is empty, or takes the coin if it is occupied.
  • If the player rolls snake eyes, he has rolled a "Lucky Pig" and collects all the coins on the board, except for what lies in room seven.
  • If the player rolls a 12, he is "king" (König) and wins all the coins on the board.
  • If the player rolls a 7, there is a "wedding" (Hochzeit) going on in the room, and one has to put a coin on there no matter what (a dowry). This builds up a jackpot until the "king" (12) is rolled.
  • If playing on a board with a 4, either nothing happens on rolling a 4, or a rule defined before starting the game comes into play (for example a coin is given to the board owner).

The game ends when one player has won all the coins.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Grunfeld, Frederic V. (1977). Games of the World : How to Make Them, how to Play Them, how They Came to be (1st ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 137. ISBN 0-345-25531-3.
  2. ^ Richter, Jonas (2019). "The Game of Seven: Glückshaus and Related Dice Games". Board Game Studies Journal. 13 (1): 67–97. doi:10.2478/bgs-2019-0004. Retrieved 2022-06-17.

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