games, which is played with a device that resembles
a bird cage, is sometimes known as bird cage. Three
dice are held in a lower wire cage, with another identical
wire cage on top. Between the two cages is a small
opening, so that the whole thing resembles an hour
glass. When the bottom cage is flipped over, the dice
bounce through the opening and land at the bottom
of the previously empty cage. They are fairly large
oversized dice, several inches on each side, and whatever
numbers show on top can be seen easily and determine
the cage is the layout. The layout contains only six
numbers-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,-which can be bet on, for
it's not the total of these dice which the player
wagers on, but the numbers that show on each individual
If a player bets on number 4, for example, and a 4
shows on any of the three dice, he is paid off at
even money. If two 4s show, the payoff is 2-1, and
if he should be so fortunate as to get all three 4s,
the payoff is 4-1.
It's a game of pure chance, of course, and the house
advantage, while not enormous, stands at 7.87 percent.
This edge is too high to make the bird cage worthwhile
to play. And since so few legitimate American casinos
offer this games, you're not likely to see it in action.
is an important rule that is often unstated, if not
omitted altogether, at home games. It is more relevant
in no-limit or pot limit than in fixed-limit, but
in any case, every player should understand it.
Whereas limits control the amount of individual bets,
stakes refers to the total amount of money in play.
When limits allow a player to place a bet greater
than what he has in play, stakes become relevant.
The universal rule on the matter is called table stakes,
and it means that the amount of money you can put
into play during a given hand is the amount of money
that you have on the table at the beginning of the