Yahtzee Drinking Game: Rules and How to Play

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Lots of dice games have their own drinking versions, like the Yahtzee Drinking Game, also called Beer Yahtzee. It’s a fun mix of strategy and luck, making it perfect for a chill night with friends or family.

In regular Yahtzee, you aim to score specific combos with five dice on a scoring table. The person with the most points wins. Drunk Yahtzee is similar, but some rolls mean you have to take a drink.

This fun and relaxing drinking game with dice is perfect for when you want to play with medium drinking intensity.

Here, we will take you through all the rules and gameplay so that you can immediately start playing!

Your Game Information




20-30 party cups, 2+ ping pong balls


5-10 minutes







Yahtzee Drinking Game Rules

Before the game starts, players roll one die to figure out who goes first, and the one with the highest number gets to start.

On each turn, players roll the dice up to three times to try and get the best score on their score pad. After each roll, they can keep some dice aside and roll the rest again.

Once you’re done rolling, you have to fill in a score in one of the thirteen possible boxes on your score pad. Make sure to choose wisely because you have to fill in one box after each round! Keep in mind that some rolls in the game come with a drinking action.

Players take turns rolling the dice until everyone completes their thirteen boxes. Then, everyone adds up their scores following the scoring pad instructions. The final scores come with different drinking rules, as explained below.

Drinking rules

  • Rolling 1s: Players have to take sips equal to the number of 1s they roll. If 1s show up in a player’s final roll, each one counts as three sips!
  • Bonus 3: Before you start your turn, roll one die. If it lands on a three, take a sip.
  • Three Fails Rule: If a player rolls three times without getting the combination they want, they take a drink.
  • Yahtzee: When a player rolls a Yahtzee (five of a kind), they pick someone else to finish their drink. But, if it’s a Yahtzee with ones, the player has to drink their entire drink.

Final score drinking rules

  • If a player’s score is 20 points lower than the leader, they have to take five sips.
  • For those trailing by 40 points or more compared to the winner, they’re obligated to take ten sips.
  • If a player falls behind by 80 points or more from the leader, they must take a shot and finish their drink.

The image below provides a clear overview of the rules, making it easy for you to keep them handy by taking a screenshot or saving the image.

Wrap Up

It is totally up to you and your fellows what and how many drinking rules you include. We advise you to discuss this with everyone before starting the game, so that everyone starts and stays happy.

Is this not the dice game you are looking for? Check out some of our other dice game guides such as Three Man. This is another fun dice drinking game that involves less rules but enough dun and drinking.

If you have any fun twists to this game that you would like to share, then feel free to do so in the comments or by mailing us: info@partygamespedia.com.

Remember to always drink responsibly. Keep an eye out for each other and prevent others from going too far. Also know your own limits and act accordingly.

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