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Seven Rocks

Also known as Decimal, Single Spinner and Texas Dominoes.  This is a point-type domino game played by four players in two partnerships using a Double-Six domino set.  It is said to have been a favourite game of US President Lyndon Johnson and was later popularized across California and the South-Western USA.  A cribbage board is often used for scoring although a score sheet may just as easily be used instead.  A member and close relation to the Fives family of games.  The object of the game should be to score points and not block or domino.


Players form two partnerships and accumulate their combined points on each partnership's total score.

The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws seven tiles that only they can look at.  There are no remaining tiles left to be used as a boneyard.

The lead player (decided by drawing lots) sets down the first domino (any tile he wants) and then players in turn lay tiles onto the open ends of the domino layout with same-number adjacent to same-number.  The first double placed horizontally onto an end, and only the first double, allows play to branch four ways and is known as a spinner.  The spinner counts as the total of both ends.  So 5-5 counts as 10 and 6-6 counts as 12 for scoring purposes.

Players score points every time they play a tile onto the layout and the pips on the open ends, which may number 2 to 4, total a multiple of 5 (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc.).  The player who makes such a play scores that total of points.

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.  Players then total the number of pips left on any remaining tiles in their hand and round up or down to the nearest multiple of 5.  So a total of 3 pips would be 5 points; 2 pips would be 0 points; and 13 pips would be 15 points.  Players then subtract these points from their total score.

The player who dominoed goes first in the next round.  If the game was blocked then the lead player is determined by drawing lots.

A number of rounds are played as before and the first partnership to score a total of 250 points, wins the game.



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