Number of Players: 4
Type of Dominoes Used: Double 6
Type of Game: Blocking Game
What's unique: Each hand that is won counts as one game, and a match ends when a team has won at least 10 games.
4 players play as 2 teams of 2 players per team.
Number of dominoes drawn: Each player draws 7 tiles.
If there are any remaining tiles after the draw, they are discarded, not used during that hand because there will be no drawing from the boneyard.
Set domino: Player holding the 6-6 makes the first play with that tile.
After a tile has been set, play continues to the left.
How to play: Each player tries to match the pips on one end of a tile from his hand with the pips on an open end of any tile in the layout. If a player is unable to match a tile from his hand with a tile in the layout, the player passes his turn to the player on his left. Each player may play only one tile per turn.
The first player to get rid of all dominoes announces "Domino!" and wins the game. If none of the players can make a play, the game ends in a block. If a game ends in a block, all the players turn the tiles in their hands faceup, count the pips on each tile, and add them together. The player with the lowest total wins the game.
Set Variations: 1) highest double, and in the event no double is drawn, re-shuffle and re-draw; 2) 6-6, and in the event the 6-6 is not drawn, re-shuffle and re-draw; or 3) highest double, and in the event no double is drawn, play the highest single.
Other rules: The game can be played with no spinners (which seems the most often used rule) or by using the first double as the only spinner of the game.
Although each hand that is won counts as one game, and a match ends when one team has won at least 10 games, a match win is scored only if the other team failed to win 5 games. In which case, the match is considered to end with a tie.
Reprinted with permission of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., NY, NY from GREAT BOOK OF DOMINO GAMES by Jennifer Kelley, ©1999 by Jennifer Kelley. (The Sterling book is available as PUREMCO'S GREAT BOOK OF DOMINO GAMES)