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Yatzy Rules

Objective

Maximize your score on each row of the scorecard to outscore your opponents overall score total.

Game Play

Yatzy can be played with 2 - 6 players. Players take turns rolling five dice. After each roll, the player chooses which dice to keep, and which to reroll. A player may reroll some or all of the dice up to two times on a turn. The player must put a score or zero into a score box each turn. The game ends when all score boxes are used. The player with the highest total score wins the game.

Scoring

The following combinations earn points:

Upper Section:

- Ones: The sum of all dice showing the number 1.

- Twos: The sum of all dice showing the number 2.

- Threes: The sum of all dice showing the number 3.

- Fours: The sum of all dice showing the number 4.

- Fives: The sum of all dice showing the number 5.

- Sixes: The sum of all dice showing the number 6.

If a player manages to score at least 63 points (three of each number) in the upper section, they are awarded a bonus of 50 points.

Lower Section:

- One Pair: Two dice showing the same number. Score: Sum of those two dice.

- Two Pairs: Two pairs of dice. Score: Sum of dice in those two pairs.

- Three of a Kind: Three dice showing the same number. Score: Sum of those three dice.

- Four of a Kind: Four dice with the same number. Score: Sum of those four dice.

- Small Straight: Four consecutive numbers. Example: 3,4,5,6. Score: 30 points.

- Large Straight: Five consecutive numbers. Example: 1,2,3,4,5. Score: 40 points.

- House: Any set of three combined with a set of two. Score: 25 points.

- Chance: Any combination of dice. Score: Sum of all the dice.

- Yatzy: All five dice with the same number. Score: 50 points.

Tiebreak Rules

If two players have the same score at the end of the game, then the player with higher score in the order of the categories below will be deemed the winner:

- Yatzy Score

- Chance Score

- Upper Section Score

- Four of Kind Score

- Three of a Kind Score

- Two Pair Score

- One Pair Score

If all of the above scores are equal, the player who went first will be deemed the winner.