With the Cutty’s shake-a-day recently topping out at nearly $5,500, I felt it was pertinent to do an overview on the various “shakes” around town. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, essentially you pay $1 for a roll of five dice. If you roll five of a kind, you win a progressive pot (every person’s $1 that’s lost before you). From there, although the rules differ from location to location, other winning rolls are as follows: four of a kind gets you a free drink of anything you want, and three of a kind get’s you another roll- for $1, of course. Most importantly, you’re only allowed one “shake” per day (hence the name).

Sounds easy enough, right? Well, the odds of rolling five of the same dice, in one roll, are 1/1296. Not great, but still better than any lottery. Plus, after a couple of beers you’re always feeling like it’s your day. As a good bar patron, you need to buy something along with your $1 shake. Furthermore, if you win, you’re expected to tip out the bartenders (proportionally to your winnings), donate a chunk to a charity (if the bar already hasn’t), and buy everybody in the bar a drink. So, like any good lottery, you’re take home is far less than what’s claimed- but nonetheless some good loot.

Here’s a list of various establishments around Jackson that have shake-a-days:


Village Cafe

Nick Wilson’s

The Mangy Moose


The Stagecoach



The Virginian

The Wort

If we missed any, please let us know in the comments.


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