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Dave Lartigue
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You are playing Yahztee. OH YES YOU ARE. You just rolled garbage and have to figure out what to give up on and zero out. The choice is between the Large Straight (5 in a row, 40 points) or the Small Straight (4 in a row, 30 points).

Poll: Which do you zero out
Small Straight (4 in a row, 30 points)
Large Straight (5 in a row, 40 points)
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Poll created by Legomancer
 
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Andrew J.
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I would zero out the small straight as I tend to have good luck with large straits, but I think from a percentages perspective it makes sense to zero out the large straight. But Yahtzee is a press-your-luck game at its core so zeroing the small so the large is still available to you is a good tactic as well.
 
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Jeff
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I play the odds here. All other things being equal, I'll zero the large straight and accept that I might end up scoring a large straight as a small, giving up 10 points. I figure I'd rather do that than take the chance of not getting a large later, and having to take a zero there as well.

Of course, if my opponent is doing great and I need points or I'll lose anyway, maybe it's time to take a chance.
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The other night we were playing, and I had kept my Yahtzee open til the very end. Finally, second to last turn, I cross it off. On the last roll... I get a Yahtzee.
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Paul DeStefano
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This depends on other people's cards.

Can I still win easily with the fewer points?
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Play the odds, zero out the least likely. Losing all 40 points is a lot more likely than losing just 10 points.
 
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Mark McGee
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If there is a lot of game left, I'll zero out the small straight. If it's getting near the end, I'll go the other way.
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Anon Y. Mous
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Depends. If I'm winning, I'll zero out the large, and if I'm losing, I'll zero out the small.
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Ben Delp
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Toss the dice wildly so they fly through the air like shrapnel and yell, "WHY THE HELL AM I PLAYING YAHTZEE?"

Then I calmly zero out the Large Straight.
 
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CARL SKUTSCH
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Check out Clockwork Wars. It's a pretty darn good dudes on a hex map Euro'ish steampunk game. Quick and fun.
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No bacon option, this poll is rigged.
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Tomello Visello
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Legomancer wrote:
You just rolled garbage and have to figure out what to give up on and zero out.

Knizia (Katego) and Sackson (The Great Races)



 
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Quantum Jack
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Yahtzee. I like yahtzee. But I usually go with my gut, in the moment, or the game just becomes a refresher course in simple probabilities.
 
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William Korner
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Anyone else play the entire score sheet variant? We play where you can put any finished roll on any legal space anywhere on the score pad. Game ends when entire score pad is full/x'd out.
 
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Justin Case
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If you're just going for maximum score, the best play is to zero out the Large Straight. On the final turn of the game, the average expected score for the the Small Straight line is about 18 points, while the average expected score for the Large Straight is only a little more than 10 points.

But if you are playing for the win and only the Large Straight will get you there, then of course you have to zero out the Small Straight.

cool

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Justin Case
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Apocalypse Dude wrote:
Anyone else play the entire score sheet variant? We play where you can put any finished roll on any legal space anywhere on the score pad. Game ends when entire score pad is full/x'd out.

I do play a larger score area with Triple Yahtzee, which has some nice strategy to it.

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meshnaster wrote:
If there is a lot of game left, I'll zero out the small straight. If it's getting near the end, I'll go the other way.


    Whoa -- nobody asked for a nuanced response.

    I discuss it with the dice before making the call. If they think they're up to it, I'll zero out the small straight.
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DB
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I zero out Chance because I like to shake hands with danger.
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Bryan Thunkd
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Geosphere wrote:
This depends on other people's cards.

Can I still win easily with the fewer points?
This. You're more likely to accomplish a small straight, so generally should zero out the large straight, but if you're going to lose unless you get the large straight, then you should zero out the small straight and hope for a lucky roll.
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Option (D), it really doesn't matter, my husband will just roll another Yahtzee.
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Robert Bracey
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Depends on the situation. If I need a large straight to win there is no point in losing it, however short the odds.
 
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April W
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I have gone both ways with it, but I think in general I'd cross out the lg strait. Then again, I do tend to roll a lot of lg straits.

Apocalypse Dude wrote:
Anyone else play the entire score sheet variant? We play where you can put any finished roll on any legal space anywhere on the score pad. Game ends when entire score pad is full/x'd out.


I have played it this way, but not for quite a while. Definitely fun though!
 
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Moved from General Gaming to Yahtzee: General.
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Dave Lartigue
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monkeyhandz wrote:
Moved from General Gaming to Yahtzee: General.


you have got to be kidding me.
 
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indigopotter wrote:
Option (D), it really doesn't matter, my husband will just roll another Yahtzee.

Of course he will, he's just that lucky!

Spoiler (click to reveal)
He got *you*, didn't he?



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Gambiteer wrote:
indigopotter wrote:
Option (D), it really doesn't matter, my husband will just roll another Yahtzee.

Of course he will, he's just that lucky!

Spoiler (click to reveal)
He got *you*, didn't he?





Lucky in love, even luckier in dice, lemme tell you. Pro tip: do NOT play dice games with Sam!
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