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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.

Play:

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.  

Variations:

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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