Yatzy!

The Rules

The aim of the game is to get the highest number of points. Up to four players can participate. It is possible to play the game with five or six dice in accordance with American or European rules.

The players throw the dice in turns. Each player can throw the dice three times during his turn. The first throw must include all the dice. The next two throws are not compulsory and the number of dice may vary. The aim of each player is to get one of the combinations from the table in a turn.

Game table

The table consists of upper and lower sections. The upper section consists of six items: Ones, Twos, Threes, Fours, Fives, Sixes, and Bonus. The player has to throw the highest number of dice with the same number of pips and write them down in the appropriate item.

Points are calculated by adding up the pips of the same type.

Examples:
• The player has thrown three ‘ones’ – 3 points are written down in the ‘Ones’ item.
• The player has thrown two ‘fives’ – 10 points are written down in the ‘Fives’ item.
• The player has thrown four ‘sixes’ – 24 points are written down in the ‘Sixes’ item.

If the player gets a minimum of:
• 63 points (5 dice)
• 84 points (6 dice)
in the upper section, a bonus of 50 points is given.

The lower section contains a list of various dice combinations which can be thrown by the player:

1 Pair (5 and 6 dice)
Two dice of the same kind
Example: 6-6

2 Pairs(5 and 6 dice)
2 x two dice of the same kind
Example: 6-6, 4-4

3 Pairs (only 6 dice)
3 x two dice of the same kind
Example: 6-6, 4-4, 2-2

Three (5 and 6 dice)
Three dice of the same kind
Example: 5-5-5

Four (5 and 6 dice)
Four dice of the same kind
Example: 5-5-5-5

Two threes (only 6 dice)
2 x three dice of the same kind
Example: 6-6-6, 3-3-3

Small straight (5 and 6 dice)
Dice in ascending order
EU, 5 and 6 dice: 1-2-3-4, 2-3-4-5, 3-4-5-6
USA, 5 and 6 dice: 1-2-3-4-5

Large straight (5 and 6 dice)
Dice in ascending order
EU, 5 und 6 dice: 1-2-3-4-5, 2-3-4-5-6
USA, 5 und 6 dice: 2-3-4-5-6

Poker/Royal (only 6 dice)
Dice in ascending order
Example: 1-2-3-4-5-6

Full House
5 dice: three dice of the same kind and a pair
6 dice: four dice of the same kind and a pair

Yatzy (5 and 6 dice)
Five or six dice with the same number of pips
EU: Additional 50 points is added to the sum of the pips thrown for scoring Yatzy.
USA: You will get 50 points for a Yatzy.


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