Why People Are So Attracted to the Game of Yahtzee

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.

What Is the Dice Game Called Chinchirorin?

Most modern gambling games are played with cards, but many years ago Chinese immigrants played an interesting game that utilized three six-sided dice and a bowl. It goes by many names other than Chinchirorin including Cee-lo, Four-Five-Six, Dice, and more. Despite its history, this game is still played today, and even gained a bit of popularity when it was included in Genso Suikoden; a video game series that was first released for the PlayStation console in 1995.

When playing the game you need only three dice, a bowl, and at least one other player besides yourself, although more is recommended. This is a betting game and there are different variations but the two main ones are described below. The first is where all players bet against the bank, and in the second it’s a ‘winner takes all’ game.

Chinchirorin with a banker

One person is the banker and all others make even dollar bets against the bank. The player who was declared as the banker must put up an initial bet known as the center bet. Once that has been placed, the other players may fade, or cover, a portion of their bet. Each player, starting on the left of the banker, may fade a portion of the bank until the entire amount of the bank is covered by the players or until every player has had a chance to place their bet. Once the bets are placed, the dice are rolled. If the banker rolls an automatic win(if the banker rolls 4-5-6) the banker gets all of the bets, if the banker automatically loses on the roll (rolls a 1-2-3) then the banker loses all bets. However if the banker neither loses or wins on the first toss of the dice, then the banker must keep rolling until he either gets a win, loss, or a set point.

A set point is where there is a pair of dice and then an extra one (such as 3-3-6). The single die will then become the bankers point and that’s when all of the other players will now be able to roll. Starting from the left of the banker each player will roll until they get an automatic win, loss, triple, or any point. If they get a point higher than the bankers they win their bet, and vice versa if they get a point lower. If they get the same point as the banker then it is a draw and there is no winner or loser. This continues around until all players have rolled then the game restarts.

Chinchirorin without a banker

This is where all players are equal and no one is the banker. At the beginning of each round the players will agree on a bet, put that money into a pile, then they will then begin rolling the dice. Whoever has the best roll wins; this includes automatic wins, and highest point. Once the winner is determined they get all of the winnings and then a new round starts.

Diceless Dice Game!

I heard about this game a few years back, but hadn’t experienced it first hand until this past Labor Day weekend.

Craps played with cards instead of dice!

I was visiting my sister in California and we decided to go and check this game out at one of the local Indian Casinos. In California, the gaming laws allow for cards only, you can’t use dice or spin a roulette wheel with a ball. Everything must be determined with cards.

Roulette played with cards was equally interesting, but I’ll save that one for another day.

Anyway, here is how it works.

They use 6 decks of cards; each deck has 36 cards (consisting of the 36 different combinations of the dice). Each card has the image of one of those combinations (i.e. 6 + 5, 3 + 2, etc.). They are all shuffled and put into a machine that continuously shuffles all of the 216 cards.

There is no need for a stickman, so the game is dealt with 2 dealers and a boxman, the boxman handles the cards and the proposition bets.

The table layout is exactly the same as a regular craps table with the exception of two boxes above the proposition bets; one is marked blue the other is marked red.

Prior to the deal, the “shooter” chooses which color box will be used (similar to choosing 2 of the 5 dice offered prior to rolling). That color is then used until that “shooter” sevens out.

Three cards are dealt, one is burned, one is placed in the red box, and the other is placed in the blue box. Whichever color box the “shooter” has chosen is the card that is exposed and thus the “roll of the dice”.

All bets and payouts are the same as a regular craps game.

Now here is my take on the game.

The most obvious observation is the lack of excitement and emotion that normally surrounds the craps table; it doesn’t have the same feel and excitement of a regular dice game. There is something about rolling the dice and calling for a number that makes the game of craps what it is.

Also, even though they do a good job of shuffling the 216 cards, the total randomness of the roll of the dice is not there.

I know the odds are still the same, but much like the computer generated numbers in online craps, the total randomness is gone, hence numbers are slightly more likely to act according to the odds.

I believe this may be the perfect game for the Don’t Pass and Don’t Come bettor. The number 7 is more likely to come up on schedule.

And most “Don’t” bettors don’t throw the dice anyway, and seldom cheer or celebrate at the table.

Now, don’t misunderstand me, betting against the shooter is just as good of a play as betting with the shooter, it just doesn’t happen to be my way of playing the game.

So for me, this is one game I will put in the column; just not one of my games.

Know your play. Know your way.