RULES OF THE GAME

  • Number of Players: 2
  • Domino Set Required: Double 6
  • Player Setup: One-on-One
  • Game: 150 Points

MULTIPLES OF FIVE

  • The goal of the game is not only just to be the first player to lay your last domino (i.e. domino, go out, etc.) but also to make the open ends of the layout add up to a multiple of 5 in order to score points.
  • A player must score at least 10 points to get on the board (Ten to Get In). After that, scoring 5 points is allowed.
SETUP
  • Seating Rules:  Take seat across from opponent.
  • Shuffling the Dominoes:  Before every game, each player takes turns shuffling the dominoes, face down on a flat playing surface, thoroughly mixing them by moving the dominoes freely with both hands.
  • The Draw:  After the dominoes have been shuffled by each player, each player draws 9 dominoes to make up his/her hand. Players must ensure their opponent cannot see their hand. NOTE:  Any remaining dominoes make up the BoneYard from which players draw in the event they are unable to make a play.

GAMEPLAY

  • The player who has the largest domino, typically Double 6, plays first. If no player has Double 6, then the next domino is Double 5.  This process continues all the way down to Double 0.  If no player has Double 0, then the next tile is 6/5.  Basically, the player with the highest domino, if no player has a double, is played first.
  • The first domino played can be of any value, though it’s typically Double 6. The first double played is call the Spinner, meaning a play can be made on all four edges, starting with the two sides first, then the two ends.  All subsequent doubles can only be played sideways.

SCORING

A score is obtained by counting the number of pips (i.e. dots) at the ends of the line of play.  If, for example, Double 5 (5-5) is played, the count is 10.

OTHER EXAMPLES

  • If the first domino played is Double 6 (6-6), total count is 12. The player does not score any points because 12 is not a multiple of 5.
Double 6

  • If 6-3 is played on one side of Double 6 (6-6), total count is 15 (6 + 6 + 3). If called out, player scores 15 because 15 is a multiple of 5.
Double 6_6,3

  • If the next domino played on the other side of Double 6 (6-6) is 6-2, total count 5 (2 + 3). If the player has already gotten on the board by scoring at least 10 points, then the player can score the 5 points.
Double 6_6,3_6,2

    NOTE:  Once a play is made on both sides of the Spinner, only the ends are counted.  In other words, 6-6 is no longer counted.

    When a double is first played, all of its pips (i.e. dots) count toward the total. 

    At any time, there may be 2, 3, or 4 open ends. 

    Each player’s score is tallied by making houses.  Each house is 50 points.

    EXAMPLE:

    Full House

    LINE = 5 Points
    CIRCLE = 10 Points

    TOTAL POINTS = 50                                                             

    • MUGGINS

    If a player scores points but does not call them, his/her opponent can call the points and steal them.
      • SKUNK

      If a player scores 75 or more points before his/her opponent gets on the board, then the game ends.

      ENDING A HAND

      A hand ends either when a player dominoes or when a game is blocked.

      • PLAYER DOMINOES
      1. If a player dominoes, he/she earns the points in his/her opponent’s hand ~ ONLY if that player is already on the board. Points must be counted and rounded to the nearest 5.  For example, opponent has 23 total points in his/her hand.  23 rounded to the nearest 5 is 25; therefore, the player who dominoes scores 25 points.
      2. The opponent of the player who dominoed shuffles the dominoes to start a new hand ~ if necessary. Remember, Game is 150 points! 
      3. In addition, the player who dominoed plays first.
        • GAME IS BLOCKED
        1. When a game is blocked, no player can make a play and the BoneYard is empty.
        2. The player with the least amount of points in his/her hand collects the points remaining in his/her opponent’s hand ~ ONLY if that player is already on the board. NOTE:  The player with the least amount of points does not include the points in his/her hand.