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Weight: 700 grams (estimated)
Average Rating: 3 in 1 review
Good luck finding this out-of-print game, but if you do, it's pretty enjoyable. Now before I start my review let me say I'm not really sure why this game is called "Casino" Yahtzee. I've never heard of a game quite like this in any casino. So if you avoid gambling games, don't worry, there's none of that here.
Anyway, here's how the game works. Each player (up to 4) gets a board with a grid of numbers. There are 5 rows in 5 different colors. Each row represents one of the 5 colored dice. Each die has six numbers on it which are the same as the numbers in the row of that color.
On your turn you get a total of 5 rolls. This means you can roll all 5 dice once, roll 2 dice twice and then 1 die once, roll 1 die five times, etc. When you roll a number you place a chip over that number (in the matching color) on your board. When you have filled a row, column, or diagonal you receive points for it.
Here's the trick though, when one person scores a row (or column, or diagonal) everyone has to cover that score, because no one else can claim it. Another nasty twist comes when someone fails to notice they have completed a row, they have to wait and hope that it's still available on their next turn.
The fun part about this game, what makes me like it a little more than regular Yahtzee, is that everyone gets involved on every turn. You have to watch what other people are trying for, so you know what to go for on your turn. Also, you have to make sure you mark off the scores that other people get so you don't waste rolls trying to get points that have already been taken.
There is still a large element of luck, so I wouldn't suggest serious strategy gamers try Casino Yahtzee. I do recommend this game for more family fun along the lines of the original Yahtzee (assuming you can find it somewhere).