Yacht Rules

Dice and CupYacht is a popular family dice game played with five dice. It is a traditional version of the commercial game of Yahtzee.

The rules for Yacht are largely the same as for Yahtzee (roll five dice up to three times, fill in one category on the score sheet), with the following exceptions:

  • There are only 12 categories.
  • There is no "Three of a Kind" category.
  • The "small straight" is five-in-a-row starting with "1" (1-2-3-4-5) and the "large straight" is five-in-a-row ending with "6" (2-3-4-5-6); both are worth 30 points.
  • "Full House" (three of one value and two of another) scores the total pip value of all dice.
  • Five of a kind is called "Yacht", and is worth 50 points.
  • The catch-all category is called "Choice".
  • There is no bonus scoring.

The player with the highest score after filling all 12 categories is the winner!

Yacht Rule Variations

  • Some players allow bonus scoring (35 points bonus if 1's through 6's total 63 or more).
  • Some players set a fixed value of 40 points for Full House.

See also: Other Dice Game Rules, Yahtzee Rules, Buy Yahtzee Games

The commercial game Kismet is billed as "The Modern Game of Yacht".

Last Update: January 18th, 2012