Because this is one of the basic games, the rules are described here in more
detail than in the description of many other domino games.
Number of players
The game is for 2 to 4 players. This, you can play it with 2, 3 or 4 players.
about 5 to 10 minutes. However, time may vary according to how fast the first player goes domino (plays his last tile).
One domino game with stones 0-6. However, it is also frequently played with larger sets.
Object of the game
The first player to score 100 or more points wins the game. For a short game play to a total of 50 points, to be agreed in advance.
All bones are shuffled face down.
There is some discussion how many dominoes each player should draw. Hoyle's rules of games suggests 7 dominoes each for 2 players, and 5 dominoes when 3 or 4 play. The remaining bones are left in the middle and are the stock, usually called boneyard.
Every player keeps his dominoes secret. He places them on their long edges in such a way that only he himself can see them.
To start the player with the highest double puts it in the middle. This is called setting the highest domino. The turn then rotates to his left. For those who wonder how dominoes can remain secret while sorting out who holds the highest double, one player asks: does anyone hold double 6? If any one holds it, that player responds by setting it. If no one sets, the player asks: does any one hold double 5? And so on down untill double 0. In the rare case that no one holds a double, players shuffle and draw again.
The game ends when one player goes domino (plays his last bone) or when all players have consecutively passed. The player who dominoes or, if everyone passed, the player with the least number of spots, scores points equal to the number of spots on the stones in the hands of all other players.
There is a sample game to illustrate these rules.
Strategies are basically the same as in The Block game:
In the traditional dutch variant,as my late grandfather taught it me, a player, when he cannot play, draws one or two dominoes from the boneyard, and passes his turn if this does not give him a valid bone. The last two bones of the boneyard are not drawn and remain unused. The double zero counts as 13 points when counting spots.
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Q: Does the game end when one player goes domino and the boneyard is not empty?
A: Yes, the game does end. The player does not need to draw from the boneyard when he plays his last domino and the boneyard is not empty.
Q: The end-section says "The player who dominoes or, if everyone passed, the player with the least number of spots, scores points equal to the number of spots on the stones in the hands of all other players". So what if two (or more) players have the same amount of spots in this case? Who wins then?
A: I have not found any rules for this case, but I suggest that both players
divide the points scored, retaining fractions.
A suggestion from Mark W Roen is: Shuffle all played dominoes. Let the two players with the same number of points both draw a domino, the player with the highest number of spots wins the game.
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