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Horse Race

A commercial version of this point-type game was invented and sold by Ferman C. Rice, which used a Double-Six set of dominoes marked with numerals not spots. It is a member of the Fives Family of domino games and a cross between the games of Five-Up and Hungarian Dominoes. It is played by two to four players using a standard Double-Six domino set and a cribbage board or score sheet.


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

  • Two players draw 7 tiles each.
  • Three players draw 6 tiles each.
  • Four players draw 5 tiles each. 

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

The lead player is determined by lot and sets a tile down 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). Whenever a tile is placed that is either a double or totals a multiple of 5 with all the other open ends of the layout, then the player continues to play a tile as long as it is a double or it totals a multiple of 5 with all the other open ends of the layout. Once they are unable to play a double or a tile with the layout's ends totalling a multiple of 5, the turn passes to the next player. If the player doesn't hold a playable tile they must continue drawing tiles from the boneyard until they draw a playable tile and play it without playing any further tiles even if it is a double or the layout's ends total a multiple of 5, or until the boneyard is exhausted with the turn passing to the next player.

Players score points each time they play a tile and the open ends of the layout total a multiple of 5 (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and so on). The points scored are the total of the open ends of the layout, with doubles counting as the total of both ends unless a subsequent tile has been played onto the double which must be on to the horizontal side, with the double then ceasing to be counted with the open ends of the layout. 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 subtract the total number of pips on any remaining tiles in their hand rounded to the nearest multiple of 5, from their score.  A number of rounds are played and the first player to score a total of 61 points, wins the game.  




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