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Dice Sports Games That Are Fun: The Pro Basketball Dice Game

Aug 14, 2008
This an introduction into a world of incredibly fun sports games played with dice. In this lesson you are going to learn the Pro Basketball dice game. Before you begin you will need eight dice, notebook paper and a pen or pencil to play Pro dice basketball.

In all of our dice games you have to make a box score sheet that had two boxes split in half. These two halves represented the home team and the visitors. The visitors always rolls first in dice pro basketball.

In the pro basketball version of dice basketball there are actually four quarters per team. Equally, in the pro basketball game, the visiting team always goes first in all four quarters.

Scoring is pretty simple. Each team gets to start their first quarter by rolling all of the eight dice once. Once rolled, count up the total of the top six dice results; which would represent how many points were scored in the quarter. As an example let us assume that the visiting team rolled the following dice totals; 4, 3, 1, 6, 5, 6, 1, 2. In all, these total 28 points.

The player would then remove the two lower dice results (the two 1's) which would leave the player with 26 points. At most, six dice would total a maximum 36 points in a quarter; which is a much better total than the normal quarter; in terms of pro basketball. However, one would have to roll six dice that all hit sixes in order to get to 36 points in a quarter.

Now the home team gets to strike back. Their dice totals result with; 2, 3, 3, 4, 1, 6, 4, 5. This equals a total of 28 points. Now the home team removes the 1 and 2 which gives them a new total of 25 points. Thus the first quarter of the basketball game ends with the home team losing by a score of 26 to 25.

The Visitor's team always go first in each quarter. So let us say that in the second quarter the visitors roll the following; 5, 6, 5, 3, 3, 5, 6, 1. That is a total of 34. The visitor subtracts the 1 and 3 which results in a second quarter total of 30. The visitor adds the previous 26 to the 30 and is sitting pretty with 56 first half points.

The Home team responds with a roll of 2, 6, 4, 5, 6, 5, 5, 1, for a total of 34 points. Then they subtract the 1 and 2 which leaves them with a dice total of 31 points! When they add the 31 to their previous 1st quarter total of 25 we see that they have a total halftime score of 56 points. An excellent half of basketball, but can they break the tie and win? Well, that's why you play two halves.

Now if a game ends in a tied score then both teams play an overtime quarter. For overtime, both teams roll only six dice and then remove the two lowest dice. Again, if the score ends in a tie then you just keep playing overtime quarters until a winner emerges.

Handicapping Pro Basketball dice games can be a snap. Let us say that you have the Home team advantage. How this advantage can be enacted is to allow the Home team to get re-rolls on all 1 dice rolls. The Visitors will not get to re-roll any of their dice rolls. This handicapping can be fun if you have several teams in some sort of tournament set-up.

Try it and see for yourself what fun tournament play is. That's especially true when some underdog team unexpectedly knocks-off a favorite.

Till then, keep on rolling.
About the Author
John DeJong is the lead creative designer for NotMeUSA. He has been writing humorous advertisements for over twenty-five years. All of the funny t-shirts, prescription pill bottles, and gag spray bottles were created by him. You can view these by visiting www.notmeusa.com.
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