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How to Play Farkle

Updated on October 7, 2010

Scoring/How to play continued

Scoring/Dice Points

Single Die -

1 Spot 100

5 Spot 50

Combinations -

Six-Dice Straight 1,000

5 = 50 pts., Two 5s = 100, but three 5s = 500

1 = 100 pts., Two 1s = 200, but three 1s = 1000, any more 1s rolled and you double the value your 1s gave you. i.e. Four 1s = 2000, five 1s=3000, etc.

Rolling 3 of any number:

Three 2s = 200 (if you only roll 1 or 2 of any of these numbers (2,3,4,6) there is no point value)

Three 3s = 300

Three 4s = 400

Three 6s = 600

A straight (1-2-3-4-5-6) is worth 1000 points.

Triple double (or three pairs) is 600 points. (example: 2,2,4,4,5,5)

Scoring is based on selected dice each roll. You cannot earn points by combining dice from different rolls. For example, if you roll a 5 (50 points), and then roll two 5s (100 points), you can't combine them to form three of a kind (500 points).

The 1 and 5 dice are special, as they are the only dice that can be scored outside of a combination (such as three of a kind).

An example of a combination roll: You've rolled three 4s, a 2, 3,& 6. Your score is now 400. You pick up the 2,3 and 6 and roll them. You roll another 4, a 3, &5. You have doubled your 400 to 800 with the 4. You can add 50 pts for the 5 and stop at 850, or keep the 4, pick up the 5 and 3 and roll them again. or just pick up the 3 and try to get a 1 or a 5. Decisions, decisions!

Heckling your opponents is encouraged. For example, say, "Don't farkle!" as your opponent is rolling. Or, "I smell a farkle" or encourage a player to risk a huge amount of points by pointing out his inability to take risks or lack of courage (be creative). Remember, there's only a 5% chance of farkling!

(I've heard that Farkle is also sometimes called Zonk, Zilch, 5000, 10000, Wimpout!, and Hot Dice)

Farkle Rules, How to Play

First, DON'T be intimidated by all of these rules. Farkle is very easy to play and tons of fun!

What you need:

6 dice, 3 or more players. Any old dice will do, but try to get uniform ones. Hint: you can get really cool red casino dice from Restoration Hardware - you just need to ask them.

Object of the game: Be the first player to reach above 10,000 points on the final round.

Starting the game: Each player rolls one die. Person with the highest roll goes first.

Getting on the Scoreboard: You have to get at least 1000 to get on the board.

How to play and score points:

Each player takes a turn rolling the dice. Roll all six dice. A 1 or 5, three of a kind, three pairs, or a six-dice straight earn points. You must choose at least one scoring die. You can then either pass and bank your points (unless it is the first roll, in which you need to roll until you score 1000), or risk the points earned that turn and roll the remaining dice. If all of your dice have point value, the person keeping score should write down that number value. You can then decide to pick up all 6 dice and try to increase your score for that turn. However, you do risk the chance of 'farkling', which means you roll no point-scoring dice, you lose all of your accumulated points, and your turn ends.

Scoring is based on selected dice in each roll. You cannot earn points by combining dice from different rolls.

If none of your dice rolled earn points, you get a Farkle. (some games mandate that 3 Farkles in a row costs you 1,000 points - it's up to your group to decide).

You continue rolling until you either Pass, collecting the points you've earned, or you Farkle. Then the next player rolls the six dice. Play continues until it is your turn again.

Example: Your first roll shows 1, 2, 4, 4, 5, and 6. You keep the 1 and the 5 for 150 points. You then opt to roll the remaining four dice. On that roll you get 3, 4, 4, and 5. You select the 5 and decide to Pass and bank your points. Remember, in order to 'get on the board' and continue to score points, you must first get at least 1000 points)

The final round starts as soon as any player reaches 10,000 or more points. At this point, everyone has one chance to beat the high scorer's score. If someone does, that person then becomes the person to beat. Play continues until no one is able to beat the high scorer, and the high scorer wins.


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      Happy In Harned 3 years ago

      We always played like your instructions. We called it OH HECK, I think. My 90 yo Mamaw Doe loved playing. Sometimes 5 or 6 of us would play all weekend. Especially during snowy wheather.

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      mike 5 years ago

      What do you mean get dice from restoration hardware?

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      Flabby 6 years ago

      If you find enjoyment in rolling white cubes along a flat surface you clearly have issues. And especially if you get addicted to it and play for five hours straight like I tea that one guy did.

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      Jordan Quinones 6 years ago

      What website can you find Farkle on , except Faceboook?

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      Bubbles 6 years ago

      Sounds like lots of fun can't wait to play!!! It sounds like it's all based on luck!! Good thing I'm kind a lucky!!! And hopefully I'll beat my other opponent!!! (your going down mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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      JoAnn 7 years ago

      Steverino....the reason why you can roll three 4s and then keep going for more 4s is because you have already rolled a combination. You cannot roll two fives and then go for another five to make it a combination. You have to roll a combination in the first roll.

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      aaron 7 years ago

      these are all wrong get the game and look at directions. if u make this website with info u need to make the info right gosh

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      Steverino 7 years ago

      You say "if you roll a 5 (50 points), and then roll two 5s (100 points), you can't combine them to form three of a kind (500 points)"

      then you say later:

      "You've rolled three 4s, a 2, 3,& 6. Your score is now 400. You pick up the 2,3 and 6 and roll them. You roll another 4, a 3, &5. You have doubled your 400 to 800 with the 4" WAIT! I thought you couldn't combine rolls! Which rule is correct?

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      paige 7 years ago

      hi i love this it is so good to play do you think

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      your mom 7 years ago

      ummmmmmmmm to many rules herts my brain.

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      Rick 7 years ago

      this game is fun!i love it

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      AroundtownSue 8 years ago from Mountain View

      Annie - once I rolled 6 ones and I've been hooked ever since. Too bad my luck isn't as great in Vegas!

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      Annie 8 years ago

      Its addictive

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      Leesa 8 years ago

      This game is hard but I still like to play the game Farkle

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      thezonie 9 years ago

      After my wife introduced me to Farkel I simply got addicted to it.So much so that I wrote my own version for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. you ever stop by and give it a try, any feedback would be greatly appreciated. :)Thanks!

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      Steve 9 years ago

      LOL- I loved the heckling part - it's so true!

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      Stephanie 10 years ago

      Can't wait to play this! sounds so fun!