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Why People Are So Attracted to the Game of Yahtzee

April 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 429

Gambling of many forms has been a source of major entertainment over the years. However, people choose to resort to card or dice games mostly because of the use of strategy that can be coupled with luck in order to win games. However, many prefer to play dice games as it works completely in luck with little room for strategic manipulations. A dice game which has evolved and become more famous over time is Yahtzee.

The rules of Yahtzee are pretty simple and yet challenging at the same time. The game is played using five dice, compared to most other similar games which are played with two dices. The game is divided into 13 rounds, each corresponding to a different category. A player must score in all the categories in order to emerge victorious. As the game approaches a close, there may be circumstances where a player may even be required to score a zero in order to win the game.

The scoring in Yahtzee too seems to be a bit complex but tends to become easier after a few practice rounds. For example, a person who ends up getting three of a kind, a player must have three die that read the same score in order to score a high point. In cases of lower score games, players get the low score determined by the particular set or they end up getting zero after all.

The main climax feature of the game is obtaining a Yahtzee, which means that all 5 die must have the same number or reading. This may be an achievement which may take a long time as well as a whole lot of luck to happen, but it isn't quite as impossible as it may seem, and therefore actually helps in adding the thrill factor to the game.

Another feature of this game is the chance strategy, where all the dice are rolled, and no matter what the outcome, their sum is added up as the grand total. The game to some extent resembles poker because of the fact that it has outcomes such as three of a kind or four of a kind, and also a full house. As per mathematical computations, the chance of a person scoring a Yahtzee is roughly 1 in 22 times. Yahtzee thus qualifies as an enjoyable yet laid back way of passing time, at the same time, keeping the mind occupied.

The article explains the most basic rules of Yahtzee for the layman. It also establishes why Yahtzee is a very convenient pass time without much cerebral exercise.

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