How to Play the 10,000 Dice Game

By Randall Shatto
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Ten Thousand is a dice game designed for the whole family. The rules are simple to follow. All you will need to play are six dice and paper to keep score on. The first person to receive a score of 10,000 wins the game. You can play with a lower scoring point as well, such as 1,000 or 5,000 points. This game is similar to Farkle, Yahtzee! and Boxcar.

Decide who will go first. Pick someone or roll a die to determine the order of play. The game continues counterclockwise.

Roll all of the dice. The person who begins the game rolls all six dice. You can choose to keep one or all of the dice. Follow the scoring sheet in Step 6 to keep track of which dice to keep. For example, if you roll 6-6-4-1-1-5, you can decide to keep the 1-1 and roll the remaining four dice.

Decide whether to keep playing or pass your dice to the next person. If you keep the dice and roll again, you must receive a scoring die. If you do not, you will lose all points you have saved. The dice will then go to the next player. You can choose to end your turn and add up the score you have placed to the side. Then pass your dice to the next player.

Play your turn until you have decided to pass or do not receive a scoring die. If you score all six dice and place them aside, you can continue your turn by rolling all of the dice again. Make sure to keep a tally of your score if you decide to keep playing.

Keep score. One person keeps score for everyone who is playing. The first person who receives 10,000 points wins the game.

Follow this scoring format: 1 = 100 points; 5 = 50 points; Three 1s (in one roll) = 1,000 points; multiply three of the same number by 100, for example, 5, 5, 5 = 500 points; and a straight (1 through 6) = 3,000 points.

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