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Canton 

A card-type game based on the Chinese domino game Tsung Shap (Disputing Tens), played with a Western Double-Six domino set, by two, three or four players, using a score sheet. This is one of several games invented by Fredrick Berndt, who published the well-known The Domino Book.

Play:

The dealer is first determined by each player drawing a tile from the shuffled domino set, with the player drawing the highest tile dealing the players' tiles.

The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, to form the boneyard, then each player is dealt a set number of tiles that only they can look at. 

  • 2 players are dealt 7 tiles each.
  • 3 players are dealt 6 tiles each.
  • 4 players are dealt 5 tiles each.

The first player plays a single tile of his choice from his hand to the centre of the playing area. The next player in turn places a tile of his choice down next to it horizontally so the sides are touching, not the ends. If he can make a "meld" (described below) with the tiles played, he takes them up and places them down facedown next  to himself and draws a new one from the boneyard. If he cannot make a meld, he must discard a tile.

A meld can be made in the following ways:

  • A Pair: Made from a player's tile and one from either side of the row of tiles played on the playing area, that make a pip total of 12 together.
  • A Triplet: Made from a player's tile and both the tile on the far right and the tile on the far left of the row of tiles played on the playing area, that together make a pip total of either 10, 20, or 30.
  • A Triplet: Made from a player's tile and two adjacent tiles from either the far right or far left of the row of tiles played on the playing area, that together make a pip total of either 10, 20, or 30.

Players score the pip total of the tiles for each meld they make (12, 10, 20, or 30 points) and their progressive scores are recorded on the score sheet. A player also scores points for the pip total of all the other players's dominoes left in their hand, once he dominoes (plays all the tiles from his hand so he has none left and there are none left to draw from the boneyard). When a player makes a meld, they also get to play again. Note that the game will always be dominoed because players must discard a tile in their turn.

Play continues as before and the first player to reach an agreed total of points, wins the game. In a two player game, the total is usually 1,000 points, but in a three or four player game the agreed total is usually set lower.

Note that unlike the Chinese version Tsung Shap, players may not claim a meld missed by a previous player.

 

 

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