Winning Strategy for Yahtzee

Yahtzee is a fun, easy to learn, quick to set up dice game. If you are new to the game, the following links will be useful:

The game Yahtzee is a chance management game. Giving yourself the best chance of achieving the highest possible average score over time, or even reaching the highest score in your current game, is what the winning strategy for Yahtzee is all about.

Now, here are some tips to help you develop the winning strategy for Yahtzee.

  • Aim for the 35 points bonus and focus on the upper section with high scores (so as to get at least 63 points) near the start of the game.
  • If you roll a low score combination, fill zeros in the 1’s and 2’s boxes (or even the 3’s and 4’s) as high scores in the other boxes may help to make up for it.
  • Early in the game, the chance box should only be used as a fall-back when you fail to achieve a high point combination. The chance box will come in handy if your options are very limited.
  • Near the end of the game, enter a zero in the Yahtzee box or one of the other difficult combinations if you get a bad roll
  • Rolled two 1s or two 2s? Go for a full house, straight, or one of the other high numbers if it is still early in the game. If you keep the 1’s or 2’s to seek a 3 or 4, you will not earn many points. Moreover, it is a good idea to keep the 1’s and 2’s boxes available for later in the game in case a zero needs to be put in them.
  • If you roll four of a kind with 4s, 5s, or 6s, take the points in the upper section instead of the 4 of a kind box. Getting the 35 points bonus at the end of the game will be easier this way.
  • Early in the game, you should always try to get a Yahtzee. You should definitely go for the Yahtzee if you roll threes or fours on your first or second roll and have the corresponding box open on the upper section. Plus, if you saved your chance, 1’s, or 2’s boxes, you can score a zero there if you fail to get the Yahtzee.

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