Play Yahtzee In Math Games Club

This year English Teacher Online is going to teach you how to play Yahtzee in Math Games Club.

Our mission is to help students improve their basic math skills by playing games that involve quick thinking, strategy and English communication in a fun way.

We will meet up to learn, make and play new math games that help you get better at math.

What Is Yahtzee?

Yahtzee is a strategy game you can play using 5-six sided dice and a score card. You can download the score cards or make your own.

How to Play Yahtzee

The aim of Yahtzee to get as many points as possible. You roll five dice and collect certain combinations to score points.

Each turn, players may throw the dice up to three times. You don’t have to roll all five dice on the second and third throw of any round – you may save dice to the side and only throw the ones that don’t have the numbers you are trying to get.

For example, if you throw 1, 3, 3, 4, 6, you may decide to try and collect the high straight, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. So, you put the 1, 3, 4 to the side and only throw 2 dice again, hoping to get 2 and 5.

If you decide after the second throw in a turn that you don’t want to keep the same dice before the third throw, then you can pick them up and roll them again.

After the third throw, you must add a score into your score card.

How Does The Score Card Work?

There are two sections on the score card, the upper and lower section combinations. You may place a score in each section only once per game, but you may place them in any order according to when you get them.

What Are The Upper Section Combinations?

Ones: Get as many ones as possible.

Twos: Get as many twos as possible.

Threes: Get as many threes as possible.

Fours: Get as many fours as possible.

Fives: Get as many fives as possible.

Sixes: Get as many sixes as possible.

For the six upper combinations, the score for each of them is the sum of dice of the right kind. For example, if you get 2, 3, 3, 3, 6 and you choose ‘Threes’ then you will get 3 x 3 = 9 points.

The sum of all the above combinations is calculated and if it is 63 or more, you will get a bonus of 35 points. On average, you need three of each to reach 63, but it is OK to have five fours and zero ones for example. As long as the sum is 63 or more the bonus will be awarded.

What Are The Lower Section Combinations?

Three of a kind: Get three dice with the same number. Points are the sum of all dice (not just the three of a kind).

Four of a kind: Get four dice with the same number. Points are the sum of all dice (not just the four of a kind).

Full house: Get three of a kind and a pair. For example; 2, 2, 5, 5, 5 or 1, 1, 1, 6, 6. Scores 25 points.

Low straight: Get four dice in sequence, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 2, 3, 4, 5 or 3, 4, 5, 6. Scores 30 points.

High straight: Get five dice in sequence, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Scores 40 points.

Chance: You can put anything into chance. It’s like a free go when you don’t have anything else you can use the dice for. The score is the sum of all the dice.

Yahtzee: When you get five of a kind you should shout, “YAHTZEE!” and scores 50 points. You can get multiple Yahtzees, see below for details.

What Are Multiple Yahtzees?

You get 50 points for your first Yahtzee but 100 points for your second Yahtzee. Each additional Yahtzee gets you another 100 points.

Strategy Tips

Try to get the upper bonus first.

Focus on getting good throws with Fives and Sixes, then it won’t matter if you put 0 in the Ones or Twos.

You can always put 0 for a combination if you don’t have it, even if you have some other combination.

For example, if you had 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 but the only things you had left were Ones and Fives, then it would be better to put 0 in Ones than to put only 5 in Fives.

Good luck and have fun getting better at Maths.

Author: Teacher Steve

Teacher Steve is 51 years old, happily married but has no children of his own. He's a fully qualified teacher who has been teaching English in sunny Thailand for over 15 years. Teacher Steve loves to write and decided to start English Teacher Online, in December 2016, to help students study English for free. He works tirelessly so that students can become fluent in English, empowering them to work and travel the world. You can also watch him teaching live at https://dlive.tv/Teacher_Steve

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