Farkle Rules

Are You Familiar With Farkle Rules? Learn How To Play This Game Of Dice!

| January 2, 2023 | How To

Before we can make you familiar with Farkle rules, lets’ talk about this amusing card game. It’s a popular dice game which is often played between 2 or even more players and is usually considered to be similar to various other games like Greed, Hot Dice, Cosmic Wimpout, 1000/5000/1000, Zonk & Darsh, amongst other games. 

While the game has its origins in the beginning of the early modern time period, the game began to be marketed commercially only during the early 1980s. And today we will talk about the riles of this game! 

Keep reading to find out more about the game of Farkle and the rules associated with the same!

Are You Familiar With Farkle Rules? Learn How To Play This Game Of Dice!

How to Play Farkle

Learning Farkle rules is a fairly simple endeavor. Moreover, it’s pretty easy to play, and the best part is the game can be enjoyed by more than two players. The purpose? The person who manages to score the most wins this game – the point is whether you are an avoider or even a risk-taker. 

Let’s get started with the rules without any further delay!

  • Method 1: Playing with standard rules.
  • Method 2: Playing with alternate rules

Method 1: Playing With The Standard Rules

Playing With The Standard Rules

Forget about playing Farkle online instead, let’s talk about playing the game like how it should be played.


According to the standard Farkle rules, you need to get all the participants around a flat surface or just a table. Figure out which of the players will get the opportunity to roll the dice first – you can do this by letting everyone roll the dice once. The person who gets the highest number will go first, and then the game will continue in a clockwise direction. 

You have to ensure that all the participants are aware of the standard Farkle scoring or, rather, the points system since this will only help all of you play the game smoothly. 

  • If the dice gives out 1 after a roll, then it will be worth a 100 points. 
  • If the dice gives out 5 after a roll, then it will be worth 50 points. 
  • If the dice gives out 3 after a roll, then it will be worth 100 * the actual face value. 


Now, begin the game with player 1’s roll, post which rolls all 6 dice about the same time while removing at least a single one ‘point dice.’ This refers to dice worth different points, such as 5s, 1s, or even 3 of a kind. Also, players don’t have to keep their point dice aside – it’s vital that you take strategy into account here. 

In this context, it is best to follow the standard Farkle rules and scoring procedure. If you have heard about ‘hot dice’ or ‘farkling,’ then it would be easy to understand where this game actually gets its name from. 

  • When a player rolls, and there’s literally no appearance of any point dice, it’s known as ‘Farkle.’
  • A player will lose all their points collected with the help of a point dice if it turns out to be a Farkle. The turn will then simply pass to the player who is next, that is, on the left. 
  • When a player rolls and all the six dices end up becoming point dice, then its called ‘hot dice.’ After that, the player will have to roll all the dice another time before they can stop and add the collected points. In fact, there’s no limit on the total number of hot dice that a player may or may not roll during their one turn. 

Now, the Farkle rules state that the game will continue, and you will have to keep rolling your remaining dice. Simply put, players can continue to roll and subsequently obtain additional points or even stop while tracking acquired points. During this time, you have to make use of strategy to determine whether you should stop or roll. 


While playing, ensure that you are recording all the collected points on a piece of paper right after every player’s turn is over. It is vital to keep your records clean to keep the game fun and fair. 

Definitely play until there’s a clearly proclaimed winner. In order to win the game, a player must obtain 10,000 points. Once the player has obtained over 10,000 points, all the other participants receive a single turn for beating the very first player right out of this game – you can declare the winner depending on the last roll and then continue to play again. 

Method 2: Playing With Alternative Rules

Playing With Alternative Rules

Now that you are aware of how the standard Farkle rules work out – it’s time to check out how you can play the game with different alternative rules. In this case, you can start with establishing your preferred scoring variation – how you will use your Farkle scorecard in this context, basically! 

The most common variations are as follows,

  • A simple straight comprising of any digit between 1 to 6 is either worth 1500 or 2000 or 3000 points. It could also turn out to be worth zero points. 
  • Three pairs comprising a 2-2 or 3-3 or even a 5-5 is worth 250 points plus a 3-of-a-kind value. So a 3-3 and 2-2 can be summed up into 550 points. 
  • Any full house, such as a ‘3-of-a-kind and a pair’ is worth 250 points plus 3-of-a-kind value.
  • 2 sets of 3-of-a-kind will be worth 2500 points. 
  • 4-of-a-kind will be worth 1,000 points or even double the value of the 3-of-a-kind or even quadruple the same. 
  • 5-of-a-kind will be worth 2,000 points, or 6 times the 3-of-a-kind value, or even triple the same. 
  • 6-of-a-kind is worth 3,000 points while quadruple time the 3-of-a-kind, or even 8 times the same. 
  • 6 ones will get you about 5000 points, or the player will instantly get declared the winner. 

And It’s A Wrap!

And that’s a wrap on the Farkle rules! So, now you are aware of the standard rules of the game as well as the alternative rules. Our advice? Play with both sets of rules or you will never learn how to play – we believe the more you play, the better you get with your game. So tell us what do you think about this game, and don’t forget to share your experiences with us in the comments below.

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Barsha Bhattacharya

Barsha Bhattacharya is a senior content writing executive. As a marketing enthusiast and professional for the past 4 years, writing is new to Barsha. And she is loving every bit of it. Her niches are marketing, lifestyle, wellness, travel and entertainment. Apart from writing, Barsha loves to travel, binge-watch, research conspiracy theories, Instagram and overthink.


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