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Advantage Yahtzee Paperback – December 1, 2001

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About the Author

Olaf Vancura, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University in 1992. Subsequently, he joined the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and for several years taught the Casino Gambling curriculum at Tufts University. He presently serves as Director of Gaming Products at Mikohn Gaming. Vancura is also the author of Knock-Out Blackjack--The Easiest Card-Counting System Ever Devised, acclaimed as one of the leading books on the game.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929712048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929712048
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,710,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Megan Romer on November 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
For some reason, I had always thought of Yahtzee as a game of mostly luck and a little skill. Then I read Advantage Yahtzee, by Olaf Vancura, Ph.D. The book is cheap (only 6.95) and a relatively quick read, but I guarantee that your Yahtzee scores will improve dramatically after reading it just one time.

This book, however, was written in such a manner that even someone who has virtually no math skills and has only played Yahtzee once will be able to read it easily and benefit greatly.

Between the strategy tips, the book is filled with fun facts. Did you know that the highest possible score in Yahtzee is 1,575? That would mean you'd have to roll 13 straight Yahtzees. Or did you know that on every first roll, there are 252 possible outcomes? You'll learn this and so much more if you read this book. Pick it up, it's well worth the cheap cover price and will improve your game vastly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justus J. Randolph on September 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
It wasn't long ago that many of us hardcore yahtzee

fans believed that the optimal strategy was well out

of the reach of mortals. Well, the esteemed Olaf

Vancura, PhD has thankfully proved us wrong. Yahtzee

Advantage is certainly the most ground breaking book

in the history of Yahtzee that ever was and certainly

ever will be. After a short history of Yahtzee,

Vancura discusses Yahtzee rules and even clarifies the

dubious and complicated 'joker rules.' He then moves

on to how he unravelled the secret of Yahtzee. The

next few chapters address how to simulate the optimal

strategy in beginning, mid, and end game. There are a

number of useful graphs that summarize what play to make

during different rolls in the game; he even

includes the Yahtzee distribution given perfect play

and provides a few case studies. Without Dr.

Vancura, we never would have known the golden benchmark - the optimal score under perfect play. Advantage Yahtzee is a must for serious fans of the greatest game ever made. Because of Yahtzee Advantage, and its counterpart - the online Yahtzee Proficiency Tester- , I expect that we will see human yahtzee scores to rise dramatically over the next decade.
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By richard jagger on October 20, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
explains the optimum strategies for wining & the reason why ( based on number of " throws " remaining & desired outcome ).
basically explains when it is wise to " zero " a turn & why this is strategicaly advantageous.
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