Thrift Treasure: Tripoley Dice

Thrift Treasure: Tripoley Dice

Let’s think back. Way back. All the way to last Sunday and our Thrift Treasure feature of Tripoley, a game issued by various companies over the better part of two centuries. It is a common practice to try and expand on a name or theme by creating different versions of that game, or by making a completely new game and keeping the original title to help consumers instantly recognize it. This is exactly what Cadaco did with their issue of Tripoley Dice.

If you remember, Tripoley was a combination of Hearts, Poker and Rummy in one game, and Tripoley Dice is no different. You could probably throw in a touch of Yahtzee since it uses many of the same mechanics, but it isn’t a retheme of that classic dice game.

Companies often try to piggyback on the success of one game by making a variation in another form. Tripoley Dice is a good example of this transformation. -

Instead of cards, each player takes turns rolling the included nine special dice. Each die is different and the full set represents the entire deck of playing cards, including the jokers.

Companies often try to piggyback on the success of one game by making a variation in another form. Tripoley Dice is a good example of this transformation. -

Hearts is first again, and you’re simply trying to roll as many hearts as possible and scoring them on the included sheet. You can score as many as you wish, using the end result after three rolls of the dice.

Companies often try to piggyback on the success of one game by making a variation in another form. Tripoley Dice is a good example of this transformation. -

Poker is very similar, only this time you want to roll the best poker hand. The harder the hand, the more points it is worth. In this section, you are only scoring one item.

The final round is Rummy, which plays a bit different. Every player will get one turn and you’re trying to roll as many numbers in sequence (starting with a two) as you can. Suits do not matter and you score five points for each successful die. The next player picks up where you left off, continuing the sequence and returning to 2 once they reach the Ace. After every player has had one turn, this round (and the game) ends.

Each set of three is very quick, so it is common for players to play a series of rounds before determining the overall winner. We found Tripoley Dice to be more enjoyable than its card counterpart. Our girls love rolling dice in general, so I’m sure that played a large part in their opinion of one over the other.

Tripoley Dice is still offered brand new for around $20 on Amazon. If you’re tired of Yahtzee and looking for something with a little variation, Tripoley Dice might just be “suited” for you!


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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as, and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

15 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Tripoley Dice»

  1. James says:

    I wish that the thrift stores near me had better games…

  2. Stephen says:

    God find. I would be curious to try this out. My wife’s family & friends have played tripoley about once a year on a big game night (tripoley, poker, a puzzle, and some other common card game).

  3. diane says:

    Yatzee was always a huge favorite for us but it does get a little boring after a while Look like a great alternative!

  4. Nice one! I love playing dice and the one you found is a bargain.

  5. Jaimee says:

    How cool! My family always buys one new game to keep in the house during the holidays. I’ll have to add this one to the wish list!

  6. That looks like a really fun game. I have always liked playing with dice so I will be looking out for this one.

  7. Crystal says:

    Growing up, my grandmother didn’t have cable tv or much for my brothers and sisters to do when we went to visit her. So we played a lot of Yahtzee. A LOT! This sounds like it’d bring back memories of those days. GOt to grab it from Amazon.

  8. Michele says:

    Tripoley Dice sounds like it would be perfect for my friends and me to play—I definitely would prefer it to having to handle cards (arthritis settling into these old hands).

  9. This looks like a fun game for Thanksgiving with my siblings! We love playing new games every year.

  10. Liz Mays says:

    I’m really fond of dice games in general, so that intrigues me from the start. I would love to try this one.

  11. Emily says:

    Hi do you have the instruction booklet still? I can’t find one anywhere and want to play this with my kids, but the instructions are missing.

  12. Rachel Canning says:

    I to am looking for directions if you have one you can share. Thanks much

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