Yatzy is the name of an entertaining dice poker game from ASS Spiele, which is easy to learn even for children and is a lot of excitement and fun. Taking dice games with you is particularly useful when traveling or visiting a swimming pool, for example. They do not require a lot of space in the luggage and still offer unlimited fun.

Yatzy rules & instructions

The game of dice is also known under the name Yahtzee or Kniffel . However, the rules of the game differ slightly from the various manufacturers. The dice game is suitable for 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up. This is played with 5 dice and a point block. The aim here is to achieve different combinations with the 5 dice.

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Data & facts

Spielalter‎:ab 8 Jahren
Spieldauer:ca. 20-60 Min.
Spieleranzahl‎:2-8 Spieler
Ersterscheinung‎: im Jahr ‎1984
Spieleverlag:Hasbro (Yatzy, Yahtzee)

Rules of the game

The aim of the game is to fulfill the dice combinations indicated on the game block as quickly as possible, each with the highest possible number of points. If you don’t have a block, you can also write the possible combinations from this description on a block one below the other and draw as many longitudinal lines as there are players. Each individual player has three throws per game round and is allowed to sort out as many dice as “finished” per throw or to roll them again as he or she wants with the next throw. Now all combinations are processed in turn. If it is not possible for a player to end a combination in a round, he must select one and delete it. It makes sense to delete the one with which you can achieve the lowest point value.

The individual combinations

combinationEyes & worth
1 pair 2 equals, eg 3 + 3 (6 points) ie add the numbers
2 pairs twice 2 of a kind, e.g. 4 + 4 and 5 + 5 (18 points)
3 of a kind e.g. 5 + 5 + 5 (15 points)
4 of a kind e.g. 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 (4 points)
Small street 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 (15 points)
Big street 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 (20 points)
Full house 1 pair and 3 of a kind, e.g. 3 + 3, 5 + 5 + 5 (21 points)
Chance / bonusmay be filled in with the number of points of any throw, favorable with a high number of points
Yatzy 5 equal numbers = 50 points

Points at Yatzy

Yatzy points

Strategic game tips

Try to play the lower part of the block first to avoid deletions there. If something should be painted, then you can move up to the block and paint there.

The bonus points from above can also be decisive for a game. So always try to get the bonus there too.

A lot of people try to throw a yatzy all the time. But that doesn’t always make sense. Instead, it is better to make sure that you have as few missed throws as possible.


The game ends when the first player has entered all the dice combinations. However, the winner of the game is the player who managed to get the most points during the game.

Game content from Yatzy

Yatzy game
  • 5 dice
  • 1 dice cup
  • Game block with pencil
  • How to play

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Yatzy rules of the game explained in the video

Answer questions

How do you actually play Yatzy?

The game of dice is played in the same way as Kniffel. Because this is just another term for the well-known dice game Kniffel. This is played with 5 dice and a point block. The aim here is to achieve different combinations with the 5 dice. Read here how to play the game .

How many dice do you need at Yatzy?

For the dice game you need 5 dice. These are necessary because a yatzy, for example, has to consist of 5 identical numbers. Even a full house must have 1 pair and 3 of a kind, this would not work without 5 dice.

What is or does Yatzy mean?

The game is a popular dice game similar to poker. The goal is to achieve multiple throw combinations , such as a straight or double. Yahtzee is played with 5 dice and up to 8 players. The age is recommended from 8 years.

How’s the little street at Yatzy?

The small straight consists of 4 consecutive pips such as : 3 4 5 6 and any other number.

How’s the big street at Yatzy?

The great road consists of 5 consecutive eyes such as : 1 2 3 4 5.

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