How to Play: Yahtzee

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Yahtzee! Credit: Photo Denbow, Flickr

What you need: At least two players, five dice and a Yahtzee score card. You can download a printable Yahtzee card for free at Printable Paper.

How to play:
The object of Yahtzee is to score the most points by rolling five dice to make certain score combinations. Each player can roll the dice three times in a turn to try to make one of the possible scoring combinations. Once a combination has been used in the game, it cannot be used again.

The rules: The Yahtzee scorecard contains 13 boxes, divided into upper and lower sections. In the upper section, each box (one through six) is scored by adding the total number of dice faces matching that box. In the lower section, each box represents a specific score combination: three-of-a-kind, four-of-a-kind, full house (a three-of-a-kind and a pair), small straight (four sequential dice), large straight (five sequential dice), Yahtzee (five-of-a-kind) and chance (sum of all dice).

How to win: Be the player who has the most points at the end of the 13 rounds of play.

What else you need to know:
There are now electronic versions of Yahtzee, including a version for cell phones.

Related: How to Play: Solitaire

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