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Official Yahtzee Rules

Roll it to the limit for the ultimate win with the Yahtzee Classic game. With a sleek shaker and 5 dice, you're ready to roll! Take turns rolling dice to try to score combos. Here's how to play:


The objective of Yahtzee is to score the most points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations.


  • 5 six-sided dice

  • 1 score pad

  • 1 cup (optional, for rolling dice)

  • 10 rounds of play


  1. Score Pad:

    • Each player takes a score pad or a section of the score pad.

    • Players can use a pencil to mark their scores.


  1. Rolling the Dice:

    • Each player takes a turn rolling the five dice.

    • Players can roll the dice up to three times per turn to get the highest-scoring combination.

  2. First Roll:

    • The player rolls all five dice.

  3. Second and Third Rolls:

    • After the first roll, the player can choose to keep any dice they want and re-roll the rest.

    • They may re-roll some or all of the dice two more times.

    • Players can also choose to stop after the first or second roll if they have a combination they like.

  4. Scoring:

    • After rolling, the player chooses a category to score their dice. Each category can only be used once per game.

    • Categories are divided into two sections: Upper Section and Lower Section.

Scoring Categories

Upper Section
  • Ones: Sum of all dice showing the number 1.

  • Twos: Sum of all dice showing the number 2.

  • Threes: Sum of all dice showing the number 3.

  • Fours: Sum of all dice showing the number 4.

  • Fives: Sum of all dice showing the number 5.

  • Sixes: Sum of all dice showing the number 6.

Bonus: If the total score in the Upper Section is 63 or more, the player receives a bonus of 35 points.

Lower Section
  • Three of a Kind: Sum of all dice if at least three dice show the same number.

  • Four of a Kind: Sum of all dice if at least four dice show the same number.

  • Full House: 25 points if three of one number and two of another number.

  • Small Straight: 30 points for four consecutive numbers (e.g., 1-2-3-4 or 2-3-4-5).

  • Large Straight: 40 points for five consecutive numbers (e.g., 1-2-3-4-5 or 2-3-4-5-6).

  • Yahtzee: 50 points for five of a kind.

  • Chance: Sum of all dice (can be used for any combination).

Yahtzee Bonus: If a player rolls a Yahtzee (five of a kind) after already scoring a Yahtzee, they get a 100-point bonus. They must still place the roll in another category.

End of the Game

  1. Game End:

    • The game ends after all players have filled in all 13 categories on their score sheet.

    • Players tally their scores from both sections and add any bonuses.

  2. Winner:

    • The player with the highest total score wins.

Strategy Tips

  1. Upper Section Bonus:

    • Aim for the Upper Section bonus by trying to score at least 63 points (an average of three of each number).

    • Prioritize scoring in the Upper Section early to increase your chances of getting the bonus.

  2. Full House, Small, and Large Straights:

    • Use the second and third rolls strategically to aim for straights and full houses if you have a good starting roll.

    • Consider the probability of rolling needed numbers and adjust your dice-keeping strategy accordingly.

  3. Yahtzee and Yahtzee Bonus:

    • Don't rely too heavily on rolling a Yahtzee; it’s rare but can significantly boost your score if it happens.

    • Use the Yahtzee bonus for extra points if you get multiple Yahtzees.

  4. Chance:

    • Use the Chance category when you have a low-scoring roll that doesn’t fit any other category.

  5. Balancing Risk and Reward:

    • Decide when to take risks with re-rolling and when to settle for a decent score in a category.

Yahtzee is a fun and engaging game that combines luck with strategy. Enjoy playing with friends and family!

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