Shut the Box, sometimes known as Close the box, Tric Trac , is a British pub game of dice where a wooden counting box with numbered tiles (usually 1 to 9) that can be covered or flipped.
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The origin of Shut the Box is not known, however it can be traced back to 19th century France. Popular with sailors and fisherman, the game did not appear in England until the mid 20th Century.
Shut the Box may be played by any number of players and the dice are thrown in turn by all players into the felt-lined section of the box. The goal of shut the box is to cover or shut a number on the box from every throw of the dice, where you can choose from the number shown on a single die or the sum of numbers shown on both dice. The winner is the player who has shut all the numbers on the box or who the lowest total when the open numbers are added up after the dice fail to correspond with any numbers that are left uncovered.