Barbut Dice Game Rules

How to Play Barbut Dice Game


Barbut is a popular dice game from Bulgaria. The objective of the game is to score the winning total of 5550. The game is played with 3 six-sided dice.


At the beginning each player throws 3 dice. After each throw player is required to set aside at least one or more scoring dice.

1 and 5 are two scoring dice. 1 is worth 100 points and 5 is worth 50 points. In addition to these two, there are certain combinations of all 3 dice which can be scored.

After each throw player has to decide to either bank the points accumulated in the particular turn, or continue throwing the dice. If a player has scored all 3 dice, they can again start with 3 dice and continue throwing and accumulating points for the turn. The player must have at least one scoring dice in each throw, otherwise they will lose their turn as well as all points accumulated in that turn. It does not affect points accumulated in the previous turns.

Once a player has decided to end his/her turn or, has lost his/her turn, the next player takes the turn to play according to the same rules.

The points are scored as per the following table.

Category Score
Each 1 100
Each 5 50
[1, 1, 1] 1000
[2, 2, 2] 200
[3, 3, 3] 300
[4, 4, 4] 400
[5, 5, 5] 500
[6, 6, 6] This is not a scoring roll. If a player rolls 666, he/she loses all accumulated points from previous turns as well as the current turn. These points can be recovered by rolling another 666 in any of the later turns.
[1-2-3], [2-3-4], [3-4-5], [4-5-6] 200
[1-3-5], [2-4-6] 200

Scores are only calculated for dice which are set aside after each roll. It does not count dice which were already set aside in previous rolls and have already been scored.

For ex., if a player gets 2 ones, sets it aside scoring 200, rolls last remaining die, and gets a 1, it will only score a single 100 and not 1000 for three 1s so the total score would be 300.

The first player to score 5550 points wins the game.