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Gallinazo

A block-type game which can be found in some parts of Puerto Rico and Mexico, played by four players, using a Double-Six domino set and a score-sheet. It is pretty much the same as The Block Game with a different and unusual scoring rule which opens up other aspects of strategy. Tradition has it that the loser of a game buys the other players' drinks.

Play:

The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws seven tiles that only they can look at. 

The lead player holding the double-six sets it down as the first domino of a round, 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). Play goes anticlockwise.

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. Players then score the total number of pips on any tiles left in their hand. However, if any other player is holding less than or an equal number of pips than the last player to play a tile, the player who played the last tile scores four times their pip total.

Seven rounds are played as before and the player with the lowest total score at the end, wins the game.  

The player keeping score usually keeps player's scores secret until the start of the seventh round, when they are announced to everyone, so players know what to aim for. Of course, a smart player may keep track of players' scores in their head anyway, but this is the traditional playing convention.

 

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