Nice beer and pretzel game. I played it the other day with 3 more people. It was a really tence game, with the auctions going up and down between 90-140 thousand. You need that variety to help keep the auction not-auction mechanic alive.
We play Yathzee a bit different then normal. Just the first 3 columns. The first column has to be filled from top to bottom. The second from bottom to top. And the third is a free column. You must fill something in, so in order to advance, people tend to skip the ones they have little chance of achieving. That makes it more of a tactical game.