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Domino Pool

A block-type domino game for two or more players using any Western domino set from Double-Sixes up to Double-Eighteens, and played for stakes.  A particularly good party game for three to six players that can also be played by teams.  It is really only the basic Block game played with stakes.


Before each round or game, players ante a predetermined fixed wager amount into the pot.  The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws a number of tiles, that only they can look at, that depends on the number of players taking part.  With a Double-Six domino set players draw the following number of tiles leaving at least eight remaining dominoes that are set aside and not used in further play.

  • 2 players draw 7 tiles each.
  • 3 players draw 6 tiles each.
  • 4 players draw 5 tiles each.
  • 5 players draw 4 tiles each.
  • 6 players draw 3 tiles each.

The lead player sets down the first domino (the double-six, heaviest double, or whatever convention players have agreed on) and then players in turn lay tiles onto the open ends of the domino layout with same-number adjacent to same-number (doubles placed horizontally onto ends, allowing play to branch four ways, and known as a spinner).

Once a player has dominoed by setting their last tile, or the game is blocked with no player able to set a tile, the round is over and the player who dominoed or has the lowest total of pips left in their hand, is the winner of that round.  The winner of a round then scores the total number of pips on all the other players' dominoes, minus the total number of pips on any remaining dominoes in their hand.

The winner of a round or game, takes the pot.  


Sometimes played with no doubles as spinners, or with the first initially set double played as the only spinner of a round or game.



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