Play Yatzy - the dice game

Yatzy is one of the most popular dice games around the world. The game impresses with its simplicity. Each player rolls the five dice three times.

After each roll, you have the option to set aside dice to be able to combine them. Your goal is to have exactly the right dice for the task sheet at hand. You have a total of 13 rounds to complete your worksheet. If you don’t get anything useful to fill in one round, you can cross out a field.

If you get a total of 63 points in the upper section, you will be given an additional 35 points as bonus. In order to achieve this, you will need to obtain three of a kind for each of the upper section boxes. You don’t necessarily need to do all three rolls during your turn. At any point during your round, if you’ve acquired a sufficient score, you can end your round. It is possible that for a given box, you are unable to secure a score so a score of zero will be given. After 13 rounds, the game is over, scores are tallied, and the winner is the person having the highest score.

Yatzy at a glance

  • For up to 20 players
  • Roll 5 cubes three times in a row
  • Combine them so that you score many points
  • If you have not rolled matching dice, you have to cross out one field.


About Yatzy

The rules are simple, you want to have the most points at the end of the game (like in Categories). To do this, you roll 5 dice three times in a row each round, out of a total of 13 rounds. You can put the dice aside after each roll to combine them later.

Upper Selection

  • Ones: The sum of all dice that have the number 1
  • Twos: The sum of all dice that have the number 2
  • Threes: The sum of all dice that have the number 3
  • Fours: The sum of all dice that have the number 4
  • Fives: The sum of all dice that have the number 5
  • Sixes: The sum of all dice that have the number 6

If a player scores more than 63 points in the upper section, he gets an additional bonus of 35 points!

Lower Section

  • One Pair: Two dice that have the same number on them. The sum of the two dice is your score
  • Two Pairs: Two diverse sets of dice. Score: Whole of dice in those two sets
  • Three of a kind:  Kind: Three dice appearing the same number. Score: The Whole numbers of those three dice
  • Four of a kind: Four dice with the same number Score: The Whole numbers of those four dice
  • Small straight: The combination  1-2-3-4, 2-3-4-5, or 3-4-5-6. Score: 30 points
  • Large straight: The combination 1-2-3-4-5 or 2-3-4-5-6. Score: 40 points.
  • Full House: Any set of three combined with a diverse pair. Score: Sum of all the dice
  • Chance: Any combination of dice. Score: Sum of all the dice.
  • Yatzy: All five dice with the same number. Score: 50 points.

If you don’t roll anything suitable one turn, or the field is already entered, you can cross out another field for it.

Tips and Tricks

In a game of yatzy, always prioritize your upper section bonus, it is a perfect headstart. In the upper section, the higher numbers are the perfect cushion. Try to get three of fours, fives, and sixes. Best be down in the lower numbers than in the higher numbers as much as dice are the major determinants. It is important for you to read the game. You should be able to observe as the game pattern changes and adapt your strategies accordingly. A positive mentality keeps you focused even when the game gets tough.

Yatzy score can be a major game-changer. Best you leave it open for the most part of the game. As long as the yahtzee remains, there is a high possibility of turning the game around at your next rolling chance. So keep it open, it could save the day.

When the chips are down, and the game just doesn’t seem to be going your way, if you are unable to get the right combinations for the high scores, you can always fall back on your ones and chance. Nobody gets a score of zero in chance. The least you can get is five. Five of 1s is still a yatzy. Both, if used wisely, can keep you safe. Most importantly, never give up. Always approach every roll with optimism.