Yacht (dice game)

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Yacht [1] is a public domain dice game, similar to the Latin American game Generala, the English game of Poker Dice, the Scandinavian Yatzy, and the Cheerio (dice game).[2] It is also known as the predecessor of Yahtzee (trademarked in the United States by Hasbro[3]).

Gameplay[edit]

Yacht can be played solitaire or by any number 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 with the highest total score wins the game.

Scoring[edit]

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, he is awarded a bonus of 35 points.

Lower Section:

  • 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: Any four consecutive numbers (1, 2, 3, 4; 2, 3, 4, 5; 3, 4, 5, 6). Score: 25 points.
  • Big Straight: A combination of either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Score: 30 points.
  • Full House: Any set of three combined with a set of two. Score: 40 points.
  • The Yacht: All five dice with the same number. Score: 50 points.
  • Chance: Any combination of dice. Score: Sum of all the dice.

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