If you're considering playing, ask the bartender for advice

Inside San Francisco's high stakes underground dice scene

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Location: CA-San Francisco

Story Date: 7/27/2019

Publisher: San Francisco Chronicle   

Author: Dan Gentile

If you're considering playing bar dice for the first time, bartender John Mattiassi of Shanghai Kelly's has some advice. "Don't start. It's a slippery slope. You're playing a one-dollar game, pretty soon it's 20 dollars." he said. He's not kidding, a four-player game of Liar's Dice escalated from a dollar buy-in to $20 side bets minutes before he says this. James "Big Dog" King, longtime proprietor of The Black Horse London Pub, agrees with Mattiassi. After splashing a die off the bar top of the smallest bar in the city, he warns that "dice smack is the best smack."

Place Category: Food & Drink

Story Category: More Unique Than Usual