How to play Yahtzee?

In this article, I will introduce you to the basic rules of the board game Yahtzee and show you how to play. The object of the game is to roll dice for scoring combinations to get the highest total score.

Gameplay

Give each player a scorecard. Each player rolls all five dice. The highest total goes first then play proceeds clockwise. On your turn, you roll the dice up to three times stopping before that if desired. You roll the dice out of the cup. On your first roll, you roll all five dice. Set any keepers aside. The second and third rules you can reroll any or all of the dice from any previous roll setting aside keepers when necessary. You may stop and score after any roll after the third roll you must score.

For each game, there are 13 boxes. You must score a box with an appropriate score or a 0 at the end of each turn. Fill in each box only once in any order depending on your best scoring option. Once a box is filled you cannot fill it again. A Yahtzee is unique, getting 5 dice of the same number is a Yahtzee. The first Yahtzee you enter in the Yahtzee box is worth 50 points. For each additional Yahtzee, you earn a bonus of 100 points but only if you scored a Yahtzee in the Yahtzee box and not a 0.

When you score a bonus Yahtzee puts a check in the Yahtzee bonus box and takes one bonus chip and fills in one of the 13 boxes on your score pad. If your bonus Yahtzee is in the upper section score the total of all 5 dice in the appropriate box. If the appropriate box is already taken, you score 0 in any other box, or you may score the bonus Yahtzee in the lower section. In the 3 or 4 of a kind or chance box put in the total of all 5 dice. In the full-house small straight large straight box score, the total points indicated on the score sheet. When every player has had their final turn add up all the scores and apply any bonuses. The player with the most points wins.

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