The Rummikub game

Rummikub domino is based on the israelian game of Rummikub. Where standard rummikub requires a special rtummikub gameset, this game requires only your familiar domino set. True, you need a double set.

Number of players
The game is for 2 to 6 players.

about 15 minutes

Two domino sets with dominoes 0-6.

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.

The deal
All dominoes are shuffled face down. Each player receives 8 dominoes.  As a start, one player with a 'starting group' puts this down on the table in such a way that it is in plain sight of all players.

A starting group consists of either :

  • three consecutive dominoes such as 5-3, 5-4 and 5-5;
  • or three dominoes with the same number of points such as 4-3, 5-2 and 6-1.

The turn then rotates to his left.

The rules

  1. Every player must start with playing a 'starting group';
  2. Once a player has played a starting group, he may freely extend any group on the table. It does not matter whether the group was started by the same or another player;
  3. Groups may freely be extended, deminished, changed, created and dissolved as long as at the end of his turn each and every group has at least three dominoes;
  4. Dominoes which at the end of the player turn do not fit into any group must be taken back by the player;
  5. If a player can not legally play a domino, he must draw one from the boneyard;
  6. There is no chain and no need to play matching dominoes;
  7. The two 0-0's  and the two 6-6's are jokers and may be used for any domino.

The end
The game ends when one player goes domino (plays his last domino) 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 dominoes in the hands of all other players.

Small variations
There is plenty of scope for your own variations, as this game is an invention of my own. Feel free to experiment and let me know what you think.

I am open for suggestions.

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