Let's Play Yahtzee!
Yahtzee was first released in 1956 by toymaker Edwin S. Lowe. His company was later acquired by the Milton Bradley Company, now a division of Hasbro Inc. According to the Hasbro corporation, the game was invented by a Canadian couple in 1954.
Yahtzee is a dice game that is loosely based on the Puerto Rican dice game Generala, and the English games of Poker Dice and Cheerio. The object of the game is to score the most points by throwing 5 dice. A game of Yahtzee consists of 13 rounds. A player is allowed to roll the dice three times in each round. Each roll will be scored in one of 13 scoring categories based on the combination of dice rolled.
Scoring & Game Play
The Yahtzee scorecard consists of two sections: the upper section and the lower section.
The UPPER SECTION
If you choose to score your roll in the upper section of the scorecard, your score is recorded as the sum of all dice in the score category chosen. For instance, a roll of 3-1-3-5-3 scored in the Threes category would result in a total of 3+3+3=9 points.
A Bonus score of 35 points is added if a player scores more than 63 points in the upper section.
The LOWER SECTION
The lower section is vastly different to the upper section in that it contains a number of poker-themed combinations. These are: 3 of a Kind, 4 of a Kind, Full House, Small Straight, Large Straight, Yahtzee, and Chance. The table below provides more information on each combination on the score allotted.
For instance, a roll of 6-6-1-6-1 scored in the Full House category would result in a score of 25 points.
A player who throws a Yahtzee will be awarded 50 points. Subsequent Yahtzee rolls will result in a Yahtzee Bonus point. Yahtzee Bonus points are worth 100 points each. A player can use his/her additional Yahtzee as a wild card in the Lower Section provided that the corresponding Upper Section box has been filled. For example, a roll of 6-6-6-6-6 (a Yahtzee of Sixes) could only be used as a wild card in the Lower Section if the Sixes category has already been scored.
A player is allowed to roll the dice up to three times on each turn. After each roll, a player has the option to keep any of the five dice rolled and re-roll the remaining dice in order to complete any combination. The player must score his/her combination after the third roll. If the combination of dice rolled do not fit in any remaining category, the player must place a "zero" in one of the unused boxes. The total score is calculated by summing the score accrued in each of the 13 categories plus any bonuses.
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