Sniff

Number of Players: 2 - 4
Type of Dominoes Used: Any Domino
Type of Game: Scoring Game
A.K.A. East Coast Dominoes (in U.S.) and Partnership Dominoes

What's unique: The first, and only the first, domino played is a spinner, or 'sniff. The pips on any open end of the sniff are counted for points until plays have been made on all four ends.
The game may be played in partnership when there are 4 players.

Number of dominoes drawn: If 2 play, each player draws 7 tiles. If 3 or 4 play, each player draws 5 tiles.
The tiles not drawn are pushed to one side to make up the boneyard.

Set: Lots are drawn to determine who sets the first tile. The first player may play any domino in his hand. After the first tile has been set, play continues to the left.
The first double played is a spinner.

Scoring: A player is awarded points every time he makes a play that results in the open ends of the tiles in the line of play adding up to a multiple of 5. (5 points for 5 pips; 10 points for 10 pips; 15 points for 15 pips; and so on.) The player who dominoes is also awarded points at the end of each hand by adding up, and rounding to the nearest multiple of 5, the pips on the tiles left in his opponents' hands. 1 or 2 pips is worth nothing; 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 is worth 1 point; 8, 9, 1 0, 11, and 12 is worth 2 points, and so on. The first player, or partnership if 4 are playing, to reach 200 points wins the game.


Variations: 1) No more than 4 can play and every player draws 7 tiles. 2) If 4 play, each draws 5 tiles; if 3 play, each draws 6; and, if 2 play, each draws 7.

Variation: The player holding the highest double in his hand makes the first play by setting that tile. After the first tile has been set, play continues to the left.

Variations: 1) First to reach 100 points wins the game. 2) A player is awarded one point every time he makes a play that results in the open ends of the tiles in the line of play adding up to a multiple of 5. (1 point for 5 pips; 2 points for 10 pips; 3 points for 15 pips; and so on.) The player who dominoes is also awarded points--one point for each multiple of 5 - at the end of each hand by adding up, and rounding to the nearest multiple of 5, the pips on the tiles left in his opponents' hands. The first player, or partnership if 4 are playing, to reach exactly 61 points wins the game. If any play made causes the player's or partnership's total score to exceed 61 points, then no points at all are scored for that particular play and play continues to the left. 3) If a larger group is playing, players may wish to reduce the number of points that must be reached in order to win the game. The number of points to be reached must be agreed upon by all the players prior to the start of the game.

 

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)

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