Escalero, also known as Generala is a dice game similar to Yacht / Yahtzee. A very popular game in Puerto Rico, Escalero can be played with either five regular dice or five poker dice and is best with two to five players. A game consists of ten rounds with each player competing for the highest score from various dice combinations.

2+players; best played with no more than 5 players to avoid long waits between turns.

2+

Five regular six-sided dice OR five six-sided poker dice; score sheet set up in the following way:

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Play

Players decide who goes first. Players get three rolls per turn. Player rolls all five dice and selects any dice to set aside and re-rolls remaining dice (or all of them). Player gets one more throw to get a winning combination. Player does not have to re-roll and can take total score on first or second roll. Player then writes in their score for a category not yet used on the score sheet and passes the dice to the next player. A round is completed when all three players have recorded a score on the score sheet.

Players can decide to mark a zero in a category of their choosing if they do not roll a scoring combination. Play continues until all players have had ten turns. Scores are totaled for each player and the highest score wins.

If a player rolls five-of-a-kind on their first roll of any turn it is called a Big General and that player wins the game.

Scoring

Scoring goes as follows:

BIG GENERAL – 5 of a kind on first roll of a turn – Player wins the game

LITTLE GENERAL (Five of a kind rolled on 2nd or 3rd roll) = 60 points

FOUR OF A KIND = 45 points on first roll; 40 pts if completed on 2nd or 3rd roll

FULL HOUSE – Any 3 of a kind plus any pair = 35 points on one roll; 30 pts if completed on 2nd or 3rd roll

STRAIGHT – One, two, three, four, five and six = 25 points on one roll; 20 pts if completed on 2nd or 3rd roll

SIXES – Add all sixes (30 points possible)

FIVES – Add all sixes (30 points possible)

FOURS – Add all fours (20 points possible)

THREES – Add all threes (15 points possible)

TWOS – Add all twos (10 points possible)

ONES – Add all ones (5 points possible)

Winning the Game

After every player has filled their columns (10 rounds) and totals are added up, the player with the highest score is declared the winner of that game.

Playing with Poker Dice

If poker dice are used, the score sheet would be set up in the following way:

BIG GENERAL – 5 of a kind on first roll of a turn – Player wins the game

LITTLE GENERAL (Five of a kind rolled on 2nd or 3rd roll) = 60 points

FOUR OF A KIND =  45 points on one roll; 40 pts if completed on 2nd or 3rd roll

FULL HOUSE – Any 3 of a kind plus any pair = 35 points on one roll; 30 pts if completed on 2nd or 3rd roll

STRAIGHT – Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten, Nine = 25 points on one roll; 20 pts if completed on 2nd or 3rd roll

ACES – Each Ace = 6  (30 pts possible)

KINGS – Each King = 5 (25 pts possible)

QUEENS – Each Queen = 4 points (20 pts possible)

JACKS – Each Jack = 3 points (15 pts possible)

TENS – Each Ten = 2 points (10 pts possible)

NINES – Each Nine = 1 point (5 pts possible)