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Italian Dominoes

A card-type domino game for two to five players, using a Double-Six domino set and score sheet.  It's an adding game related to Cribbage, and you may choose to use a calculator if your mental arithmetic isn't very good.


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

  • 2 players draw 8 tiles each.
  • 3 players draw 7 tiles each.
  • 4 players draw 4 tiles each.
  • 5 players draw 4 tiles each.

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

Players in turn have the option of either drawing a tile from the boneyard or playing one face-up to the layout in the centre of the playing area.  As a tile is played, the player announces the cumulative total of the pip values on all the face-up tiles played.  Once the total reaches 100 or more, the round is over.

Players who set down a tile that brings the cumulative total to exactly the following totals, score the corresponding points.

  • A total of 30 scores 1 point.
  • A total of 50 scores 2 points.
  • A total of 70 scores 4 points.
  • A total of 100 scores 8 points.

A number of rounds are played and the first player to score a total of 50 points or more, wins the game.

The next player in turn, plays first in the next round.


A player who plays a double is allowed to play a second tile in their turn.

A four player game may be played with two partnerships who score the total of each individual player's points.




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