Yahtzee

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Yahtzee How to Play  Guide

1 +  players

30 mins

Age: 8 +

Check out our easy to read Yahtzee how to play online rules guide

Use our Yahtzee scoring calculator to help with your game scoring

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What is the goal?

The goal of Yahtzee is to obtain the highest score from throwing 5 dice.

Game setup 

Yahtzee comes with five dice and a scoring sheet.

Gameplay

On each turn, roll the 5 dice.
You roll all dice and choose one of the following:

  • score the current roll
  • re-roll 1 to 4 dice or 
  • re-roll all the dice

You can only roll 3 times.  After 3 rolls, you must choose a category out of the 13 categories to score. If you can’t score in any of the categories, you have to choose which to put a zero to.
You can score the dice at any point in the round, it doesn’t have to be after the 3rd roll.

The game ends when all players have filled in the 13 categories.

Scoring

Use our Yahtzee scoring calculator to help with your game scoring

To score your combination of 5 dice, write it on the scorecard
There are two sections to the score table – the Upper section and the Lower section.
Once a box has been scored, it cannot be scored again for the remainder of the game (except the Yahtzee category) so choose wisely.

 

Yahtzee Scorecard

Upper Section Scoring

If you score in the upper section of the table, your score is the total of the specified die face:
For example,
If you roll 5 – 2 – 5 – 6 – 5 and score in the Fives category, your total for the category would be 15 as there are 3 fives that add together.
If the One, Three or Four categories were selected for scoring, you would score a zero for this roll.
If placed in the Two or Six category, you would score 2 and 6 respectively.

If the total of Upper scores is 63 or more, add a bonus of 35.

Lower Section Scoring

In the lower scores, you score either a set amount, or zero if you don’t satisfy the category requirements.

3 and 4 of a Kind

For 3 of a kind, you must have at least 3 of the same die faces and then you will score the total of all the dice.
For 4 of a kind, you would need the same 4 dice faces.

Small and Large Straight

A straight is a sequence of consecutive die faces, where a small straight is 4 consecutive die faces and a large straight is 5 consecutive die faces.
Small straights score 30 points and large scores 40.
If you rolled:
2 – 3 – 2 – 5 – 4
You could score 30 in a small straight or 0 in a large.

Full House

This is where you have 3 of a kind or 2 of a kind. Full house’s score 25 points.

First Yahtzee

A Yahtzee is 5 of a kind and it scores 50 points however, you may choose to not score it as a yahtzee and instead choose to take it as a top row score and safeguard your bonus.

Additional Yahtzees

If you roll a second Yahtzee in the game and you have scored your first Yahtzee in the Yahtzee category box, you will now score a further bonus 100 points in the Yahtzee box. You must also put this roll into another category as follows:
– If the corresponding Upper Section category is not filled then you must score there.
– If the corresponding Upper Section category is filled you may then score anywhere on the Upper Section.

Chance

You can roll anything and be able to put it in the Chance category. You score the total of the die faces.

Scratch or Dump Scores

You can score any roll in any category at any time, even if this results in a score of Zero. This could be used towards the end of the game to lose a poor roll against a difficult to obtain category that you have failed to fill.

How do you win?

Win by scoring points to make certain combinations. .

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