Yahtzee How to Play

Yahtzee Rules – How to Play


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Setting Up Yahtzee Game

Each player takes a Yahtzee Score Sheet and rolls 5 dice. Player with highest total starts the game.

Step by Step How to Play Yahtzee Rules

The goal of Yahtzee is to obtain the highest score from throwing 5 dice. Players take turns to throw dice and score based on different dice combinations thrown.

Total Time: 30 minutes

On your turn, roll the 5 dice

Roll dice. You can roll up to 3 times to form a scoring combination. On each roll, decide on which dice to set aside to score and which to re-roll.

First Roll of Dice

Set aside any dice you wish to keep and continue rolling. You may also stop and score your current combination of dice.

2nd Roll of Dice

Re-roll any dice or ALL of the dice (if you decided not to keep any in the first roll or changed your mind). After rolling, you may stop and score or set aside any dice you wish to keep and roll again.

3rd Roll of Dice

Re-roll any dice or ALL of the dice. This is the final roll and you must now score by filling the boxes on your Yahtzee Score sheet.

Scoring your Yahtzee Score sheet

Yahtzee Scorecard

Score your 5 dice combination of 5 dice by filling the Yahtzee Score sheet. 
Yahtzee score sheet table has 2 sections, 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.

Scoring Upper section of Yahtzee Score Table

When scoring Upper Section, the 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, the total is 15 as you add only 3 5s. If the One, Three or Four categories were scored, you score a 0. 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.

Scoring Lower Section of Yahtzee Score Table

You score either a set amount, or zero if you don’t satisfy the category requirements. Lower section comprises the following categories: 3 of a Kind, 4 of a Kind, Full House, Small Straight, Large Straight, Yahtzee and Chance.

Scoring 3 of a Kind or 4 of a Kind

3 of a kind yahtzee

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

Scoring Full House

Scoring a full house in Yahtzee

You have 3 of a kind and 2 of a kind. Full house’s score 25 points.

Scoring a Yahtzee

Scoring a Yahtzee

A Yahtzee is 5 of a kind and it scores 50 points. If you have scored 50 (not a zero) in the Yahtzee box, additional Yahtzees rolled give you bonus 100 points. Check the bonus box to tally your bonuses. You must also score the additional roll in any unscored Upper Section category. If the Upper Section category is scored, you can use the Yahtzee rolled as a JOKER and score any unscored Lower Section category.

Scoring a Chance

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

Winning Yahtzee

After all 13 columns have been filled for each player the game ends. Now, each player totals their score in the following way:

Yahtzee Rules FAQs

How does Yahtzee scoring work?

Players roll 5 dice on their turn an score against the different dice combination categories found on their Yahtzee Score sheet.  See scoring.

How many times do you roll in Yahtzee?

You can roll up to 3 times to form a scoring combination. On each roll, decide on which dice to set aside to score and which to re-roll. See rolling of dice.

What happens when you roll 2 Yahtzees?

If you have scored 50 (not a zero) in the Yahtzee box, you get bonus 100 points for each additional Yahtzee. You must also score the additional roll in any unscored Upper Section category. If all Upper Section is scored, use the Yahtzee rolled as a JOKER and score any unscored Lower Section category.

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