A GLASGOW dice player held his nerve to be crowned the ultimate Perudo champion.

After being crowned Scottish champion earlier this year, Ian Smith, 44, from Hillhead, was invited to London for the final event - and won the “world” championship.

With luck on his side he took the top title in Perudo, or liar dice.

The game, which involves bluffing about numbers on dice, was held at The Groucho Club in Soho.

Ian said he had played the best Perudo of his life' but was still slightly baffled when he won.

He said he and fellow Scot Stephen Kelly, 36, an East End barber who was runner-up in the Scottish heats, played the Glaswegian card and were deliberately "bolshy, loud and aggressive!"

He said it was a "surreal surprise" when he won.

He and his friends have set up a gaming group and play different games - including Perudo - every Wednesday in Glasgow.

Richard Wells, of Paul Lamond Games, said: “Ian did exceptionally well to battle it out to become the 2015 champion.

“It is fantastic to see that Perudo and the championships are still continuing to grow in popularity. For the second year running our London qualifying event was oversubscribed in less than 24 hours.”

TV presenter Konnie Huq hosted event in an evening that saw contestants attempt to fib their way to the final.

It went down to the last dice in a tense game between Smith and opponent Jackie Ferguson.

A simple game of guesswork, Perudo, also known as Dudo, Cacho, Pico, Cachito or Dadinho, originated in Latin America. Players roll their die and cover them after a quick look. They then announce how many dice show a certain number. Their opponents can call their bluff, which if correct, results in the player losing a dice. The last person to hold dice is the winner.

Qualifying for the 2016 Perudo Championship will kick off next summer with the Scottish Perudo Championships in Glasgow, where Ian will have a chance to defend his crown.