Good for a not-so-crowded bar, a slow-to-get-started party, or a gathering of bored-but-cooperative kids.
Step 1: Materials:
Chips, coins, bills, gems, or somethings. ---> Kittens. Hubcaps. Bottlecaps. Glass eyes. Magic Beans. Whatever.
A Flat Surface.
Participants. It's best to have 3 or more players. More than 8 can get crazy.
Step 2: Preparation
Have plenty of quarters/dollars/chips/kittens for spirited betting.
Play proceeds rapidly, and the antes grow and get taken in quick order. Nobody wins huge, and nobody loses huge.
Step 3: The Rules
Select the first player by dice roll or other means.
Each player rolls once, and the die tells you what to do:
1: Put in one chip (quarter, dollar, glass eye...)
2: Put in two chips
3: Everybody puts in a chip
4: Take one chip
5: Take two chips
6: Take All the chips. Start over.
Step 4: Options:
In a kids' setting, all of you can sing a song or perform a deed, a dance, or a group gesture.
Everybody wins eventually, so the fun is shared. Practice your Victory Dance!
I hope you like it!