One of our favorite games is 10,000 dice game. It’s a fun and easy game that’s simple to play with a group of people but also makes a great 2 player date night game.
Games like that tend to stick around.
In the last few months, we’ve been playing games like crazy around here. The dice game 10,000 has made a strong comeback. Big M even plays by himself (although his score is extremely high for those games… hmmm).
Have you ever played 10,000? Some people call it Farkle.
All you need are 6 dice and the directions.
Big M is 8 and Little M is 6. They both play without much help (we do give Little M a few strategy suggestions, but she makes her own decisions).
I love how much math is involved, even for the players who are not writing out the score.
How To Play 10,000 Dice Game
Paper for Scoring
Dice Tray (optional)
Object of 10,000
The player with the highest score above 10,000 points on the final round wins.
How to Play 10,000 Dice Game
Decide who goes first by having everyone roll one die. Whoever has the highest number goes first. Play then continues to the left.
The first player rolls all 6 dice.
The player can decide to keep as many scoring dice as he/she chooses but must keep at least one. (See scoring section). Place the scoring dice off to the side and roll the remaining dice. Again the player may keep as many scoring dice as he/she chooses, but must keep at least one. Place scoring dice off the side and roll remaining dice.
Play continues until:
- Player decides to stop and keep that score OR
- Roll doesn’t have any scoring die and loses score OR
- Player has kept all 6 dice. In this case, player MUST roll all 6 dice again adding to the previous score.
Note: You must earn 1,000 to start scoring (meaning you can’t stop with 600). Once you reach a score of 1,000 or more you are “on the board”. Any turn after you are on the board you may keep any score you want (even if it is 100).
The Final Round
When a player reaches 10,000 (or passes 10,000), every other player gets one more roll. The player with the highest score wins.
10,000 Dice Game Scoring Combinations
1- 100 points
5- 50 points
Three of a kind of 1 – 1000 points
Three of a kind of 2 – 200 points
Three of a kind of 3 – 300 points
Three of a kind of 4 – 400 points
Three of a kind of 5 – 500 points
Three of a kind of 6 – 600 points
For each number over three of a kind you double the amount (example 3 2s =200, 4 2s =400, 5 2s =800, 6 2s=1,600).
Pairs and Straights. When a player rolls 1,2,3,4,5,6 when rolling all 6 dice this is a Straight. When a player gets 3 sets of pairs when rolling 6 dice this is Pairs. Pairs and Straights are worth 5oo points.
Note: Three of a kind must all be rolled together. Rolling a 1 and then rolling another 1 and another 1 is 300. Rolling 3 1s at a time is 1000.
What are the rules to the dice game 10,000?
How many dice does it take to play 10,000?
It takes 6 Dice to play 10,000. There are variation suggestions for playing with with 5 dice below.
Can you play 10,000 with 5 dice?
A variation from the comments: “One thing we do differently is we play with only 5 dice… One of which is always a different color and that one is the most important… “the double dice” so if the red (we always use 4 white and one red) is a one and one white die is a one it’s 1,000. It’s the way I was taught so I’ve never actually played with 6 dice or with straights.”
If you’re stuck because you only have 5 dice you could add a mark or sticker to create a “red” die.
How many points is a straight in the dice game 10,000?
When a player rolls 1,2,3,4,5,6 when rolling all 6 dice this is a Straight. Straights are worth 5oo points.
Do you have to get exactly 10,000 in Farkle?
10,000 and Farkle are very similar games. Whether you have to reach exactly 10,000 or not is a “house rule”. It’s only important that everyone playing understands how the game will end.
When using the “must score exactly 10,000 points to win the game” rule: If a player scores more than 10,000 points, then all points scored that turn lost and play moves to next player.
When using the “must score 10,000 or higher” rule: when a player reaches 10,000 (or passes 10,000), every other player gets one more roll. The player with the highest score wins.
If I roll three 5’s, do I score them as both three of a kind (500 points) AND three fives (150)? Or just three of a kind?
You have to choose how you want to use the roll, only one score counts. In this case I would choose the 500 points!
So, let’s say I roll 3 4’s on 1st roll. Does rolling another 4 on second roll result in any score? Or does it have to be strictly a 1 or a 5?
You don’t add to 3 of a kind with additional rolls. In this case the 4 on the second roll would not count.
How much to get on the board?
The amount is takes to get on the board can vary. We play that 1,000 gets you on the board. You can play 750 to get on board. If you’re playing with younger kids that might get frustrated with long wait time, you could start with everyone on the board.
10,000 Dice Game Tray
One of the reasons we love 10,000 so much is that it’s portable. We have played on airplanes, while camping, at baseball games, while waiting at restaurants, and in many delivery rooms.
What makes it so easy to play anywhere is having a dice tray (we have one that was leftover from a terrible game that ended up in the trash).
There is something special about our dice tray because it has an area to put the dice that aren’t being rolled. Since I don’t recommend you buy that yucky game just to get a dice tray, I went in search of a different option for you.
Make your own dice tray
It was really easy (and free) to make this dice tray. I used an old shoebox lid and a piece of thin cardboard (a cereal box would be perfect for this). Cutting a strip long enough to stretch across the box and fold along the sides worked pretty well, but making sure I had another strip to glue to the bottom of the box made it really sturdy. I used a hot glue gun to glue the strip in place. EASY!
Buy a dice tray
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