Yahtzee is a dice game that is based on Poker. The aim of the game is to use five dice to roll combinations of numbers, each combination awards a different amount of points. Unlike many dice games, Yahtzee involves some strategy, rather than relying on luck alone. The strategy comes into play, due to the fact that you can only score each combination once and the number of different combinations in which you can score with, is equal to the amount of turn sin the game. This means that you have to make wise decisions on when to score in each combinations.
The Yahtzee scorecard contains two sections, the Upper and Lower section.
In this section, there are six boxes – each representing one of the six values of the dice. For these boxes, you enter the sum of the dice with the corresponding face value. For example, if you roll 5, 3, 3, 5, 3 – you have the option to either enter a score of 9 in the “Threes” spot or a score of 10 in the “Fives” spot.
As an added bonus at the end of the game, if you score a total of 63 or more in the upper section, you will be awarded with an additional 35 points. This seemingly random number corresponds to having scored a combination with three dice in each of the boxes in the Upper Section.
In this section, there’s scoring for various combinations.
Three of a Kind
Score in this box if the dice includes three or more of the same number. The score created based on the total of all five dice. For example, if you land 1, 1, 1, 6, 5 – you would score 14.
Four of a Kind
Score in this box if the dice includes three or more of the same number. The score created based on the total of all five dice. For example, if you land 1, 1, 1, 1, 5 – you would score 9.
Score in this box if the dice show three of one number and two of another, for example 1, 1, 1, 2, 2. The score for this combination is always 25 points.
Score in this box if the dice show any sequence of 4 numbers, for example 1, 2, 3, 4, 6. The score for this combination is always 30 points.
Score in this box if the dice show any sequence of 5 numbers, for example 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. The score for this combination is always 40 points.
Score in this box with any combination, the score is the total of the five dice added.
Score in this box if the dice show five of the same number. The score is always 50 points.
If you score a second Yahtzee and the Yahtzee box is already filled with 50 points, you are awarded with 100 points. If you roll a Yahtzee and your Yahtzee box is filled with a zero, you do not receive this bonus. In either case, you must fill one of the other boxes on your scorecard using “Joker Rules” as follows: If possible, you must fill the upper section box corresponding to the number you rolled. If that box is already filled, you must fill in any open lower section box. For the 3 of a kind, 4 of a kind, and chance boxes, this means scoring the total of all 5 dice. For the full house, small straight, and large straight boxes, this means scoring 25, 30, or 40 points respectively (even though you did not actually roll the corresponding combination). If the entire lower section is filled you must enter a zero in any open box in the upper section.