This game, 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 winners.
Neat 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 die.
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 game, you’re not likely to see it in action.