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Double Draw

A block-type domino game, played by two to four players with a Double-Six domino set and a cribbage board or score sheet. This game is a variation of the Draw game with some differences including the main difference that players are required to play two tiles on either end of the layout in each turn.


The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then the dealer deals a number of tiles to each player, that only they can look at, which varies according to the number of players taking part.

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

The remaining tiles are set aside as the boneyard and may be drawn upon by players during the course of play.

The dealer draws any tile from the boneyard and plays it face-up as the initially set tile of a round.  Then players in turn lay two tiles onto each open end of the domino layout with same-number adjacent to same-number (doubles placed inline onto ends and not allowing play to branch four ways).  Should a player be unable to set two dominoes from their hand onto the layout, they must draw one tile from any in the boneyard with play passing to the next player, unless the boneyard is exhausted and they have only one remaining tile in their hand in which case it is played regardless of the suits marked on it, winning the round.

Note, that once the layout contains all the tiles of any one suit and either end of the layout bears that suit, no further plays may be made and the game is blocked.

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 number of pips on any of their own remaining dominoes.

A number of rounds are played and the first player to score a set total of 100 points, in a two player or partnership game, or 61 points in a three or four player game, wins the game.

The position of dealer passes to the next player for each new round.


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