Yahtzee

What does the name mean?

It’s just a catchy marketing name for prior, similar game that was called “Yacht,” supposedly because the creators played it on their yacht.

“Yahtzee” was trademarked in 1956 by Edwin Lowe. He was a salesman who had previously renamed another game “Bingo” and marketed it successfully.

Lowe’s company was bought by Milton Bradley in 1973, which was subsequently acquired by Hasbro in 1984.

Why I Looked It Up

My wife and I were playing Yahtzee. I got to wondering about the name.

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