What's unique: If a player plays a double or one of the 5 scoring dominoes (6-4, 5-5, 5-0, 4-1, or 3-2), he may continue to play tiles from his hand.
Object of the game: To make the total count of the exposed ends of tiles played equal 5 or a multiple of 5.
Number of players: 2 to 4 players. 4 players may play as two teams of 2 players per team.
Number of dominoes drawn: 7 tile's per player.
Set: First player must play a double tile or a score file. If the first player is unable to play a double tile or a score tile to set, he 1) passes if there are 4 players, or 2) draws from the boneyard if there are 2 or 3 players.
How to play: After the first domino is set, subsequent players must join a tile from their hand with an open end in the line of play. The ends of the two tiles that are joined must have the same number of pips.
If a player is unable to make a play from his hand, he must draw tiles from the boneyard until he draws a playable tile. If a player is unable to make a play from his hand and there are no tiles left in the boneyard, the player must skip his turn until he is able to make a play.
Scoring: 1 point for every multiple of 5. For example: A total of 5 pips on the exposed ends of the tiles in the layout is worth 1 point; 10 pips is worth 2 points; 15 pips, 3 points.
When a player plays a double or a score tile, including the set domino, he must play again.
A player may play any matching tile in his hand to the set domino. If he scores or plays a double, he must make another play or 1) pass if there are 4 players, or 2) draw from the boneyard until he draws a playable tile if there are 2 or 3 players.
In a game of 2 or 3 players, if a player's last tile is a double or a score tile, he must play it and then draw from the boneyard until he draws another playable tile. In the case of a 2-handed game, he must leave 2 tiles in the boneyard; in a 3-handed game, 1 tile. If he does not hold a playable tile and there are no more available tiles in the boneyard, he must pass. Play continues until 1 player has played the last tile in his hand, and it is not a double tile or a score tile.
In a game of 4 players, if a player's last tile is a double or a score tile, he is "washed up." The other players continue to play until 1 player has played the last tile in his hand, and it is not a double tile or a score tile.
The game is over when 1 player dominoes or when the game is blocked. The player or team with the lowest number of pips left in his hand (0 in the case of a player who has dominoed) is the winner and receives 1 point for every pip left on the remaining tiles in his opponents' hands.
Variations: 1) When there are 2 players, the last two tiles in the boneyard may not be drawn. If there are 3 or 4 players, the last tile in the boneyard may not be drawn. 2) If a player has a playable tile, he must play it.
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)