A Blog by Scott Isaacs

Beginner’s Luck

Last night my in-laws came over to visit for a while and we decided to play Yahtzee.  Of course, Charlie was immediately interested in the dice and the cup, so we let her have a turn rolling.  In one turn (three rolls) she had rolled a Yahtzee (five 6s)!  On her next turn she rolled four 5s in a single roll!  She had a number of other high-point rolls throughout the night (in between playing with a jar of ink pens, some blocks and Little People), but I think the best part for her was when we would all cheer when she rolled something good.  And that seemed to happen a lot. 

Beginner’s luck?


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  1. No, some people are born with Yahtzee skills. Unfortunately, they live their entire lives without realizing and exploiting it. The only luck involved is that you found it so early.

  2. Now I just have to teach her to add, and a little about probability so she can decide where to place her points from each roll. Of course, rolling a dozen Yahtzee’s in a game is pretty obvious…

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