Yahtzee

Components:
Score, Dice, Keep/roll selection.

Skills required / taught: Strategy, luck, probability.

Object: Score the most points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations.

About the Game

Yahtzee is a dice poker game. The trick is to figure out how to use each dice roll in your 3-roll turn, to give you that combination. Scoring combinations have varying point values. Some are fixed values and some are the total value of the dice.

A Yahtzee is five-of-a-kind and holds the game's highest point value of 50 (not counting multiple "Yahtzees" in the same game).

**How it Works**

Upper section

In the upper section, each box is scored by summing the total number of dice faces matching that box. Say you roll three "twos" - the score would be recorded as 6 in the twos box. BONUS: Score a total of at least 63 points in the upper section, and a bonus of 35 points is added to your score. It pays to roll as many of each dice face as you can!

Lower section

The lower section contains the poker-themed combinations.

**Thought Bubble**

New Spin – Yahtzee puts a new spin on poker by playing it with dice instead of cards. What kind of new spin could you put on an existing game? Dice with something other than numbers on them, cards with more (or less) than four suits, or a spinner with a unique set of possible values…

Skills required / taught: Strategy, luck, probability.

Object: Score the most points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations.

About the Game

Yahtzee is a dice poker game. The trick is to figure out how to use each dice roll in your 3-roll turn, to give you that combination. Scoring combinations have varying point values. Some are fixed values and some are the total value of the dice.

A Yahtzee is five-of-a-kind and holds the game's highest point value of 50 (not counting multiple "Yahtzees" in the same game).

Upper section

In the upper section, each box is scored by summing the total number of dice faces matching that box. Say you roll three "twos" - the score would be recorded as 6 in the twos box. BONUS: Score a total of at least 63 points in the upper section, and a bonus of 35 points is added to your score. It pays to roll as many of each dice face as you can!

Lower section

The lower section contains the poker-themed combinations.

New Spin – Yahtzee puts a new spin on poker by playing it with dice instead of cards. What kind of new spin could you put on an existing game? Dice with something other than numbers on them, cards with more (or less) than four suits, or a spinner with a unique set of possible values…