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A short game played with 5 dice.

Yahtzee is the trademarked name of a popular dice game made by Milton Bradley (now owned by Hasbro). The object of the game is to score points by rolling certain combinations of numbers with five dice. The player must roll at least three of a kind of all six die face values to achieve a bonus, and must further attain certain Poker hands such as four of a kind, full house, and straight. A Yahtzee is five of a kind.

The Yahtzee scorecard contains thirteen boxes divided between two sections: The Upper Section and The Lower Section

Upper Section

In the upper section, each box is scored by summing the total number of die faces matching that box and multiplying them by the box number. For example if a player were to roll four "twos", the score would be recorded as 8 in the twos box (4 x 2). The player attempts to obtain at least a three-of-a-kind for each of the six die faces (for a total of 63 points).If this point total is achieved or exceeded, the player receives a bonus of 35 points for the upper section.

Lower Section

The lower section contains a number of poker-themed combinations with specific point values { three-of-a-kind "(sum all dice)", Four-of-a-Kind "(sum all dice)" , full house "25pts", small straight "30pts", large straight "40pts", five-of-a-kind (Yahtzee) "50pts", and chance "(sum all dice)" }. Chance acts as discard box for a turn that will not fit in another category.

Game Play

On each turn, a player gets three rolls of the dice out of the cup. He or she can save any dice that are wanted to complete a combination and then re-roll the other dice. After the third roll, the player must find a place to put the score. If the resulting combination of dice will not fit in any unused scoring category, the player must place a "zero" in one of the unused boxes.

Yahtzees and bonus chips

A "Yahtzee" occurs when all five dice have the same value during a player's turn. Yahtzee is the most difficult combination to throw in a game and has the high score of 50 points. If a player scores one or more additional yahtzees during the same game, that player is awarded bonus points and given "bonus chips" that correspond to each additional Yahtzee that a player rolls. Bonus yahtzees are worth 100 points each. Bonus chips are only awarded for subsequent Yahtzees if the first Yahtzee was placed in the 50pt Yahtzee score box in the lower section. Additional Yahtzees may be used as jokers in the lower section provided that the corresponding upper section box has been filled. For example, if a player rolled out five threes (a Yahtzee in the threes), the player could only use it as a joker in the lower section if he or she already had a score in the "threes" box in the upper section. If the "threes" box was still open, the player must score 15 in the threes (sum of five threes).
"(The original game rules released in 1956 contain a descrepancy in this rule. The booklet states that additional Yahtzees must be used as Jokers in the lower section and does not allow for their use in the upper section. However, the booklet also declares the highest possible score as 375 which would require the placement of Yahtzees in the upper section. This problem was corrected when the game was re-copyrighted in 1961.)"

The each player's total score is calculated by summing all thirteen score boxes. The maximum raw score (without Yahtzee bonus scoring) is 375.

Source: Wikipedia

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