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Seven-Toed Pete

Also known as Seven Go and Racehorse.  A point-type domino game for two to four players using a Double-Six domino set and a score-sheet.


The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws seven tiles that only they can look at.  Any remaining tiles are used as the boneyard and may be drawn upon by players during the course of play.

The lead player sets down the first domino which must be either a double or one of the "scoring" tiles.  The scoring tiles are the ones bearing a multiple of five in total on both of their ends (6-4, 5-5, 5-0, 4-1 or 3-2).  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 the layout's two ends, but not allowing play to branch four ways).  Should a player play a double or one of the scoring tiles, they must set another tile from their hand onto the layout.  Should a player be unable to set a domino from their hand onto the layout, they must continue drawing tiles from the boneyard until they are able to play one or the boneyard is exhausted.

Players score points every time they play a tile onto the layout and the pips on the two open ends total a multiple of 5.  For example, if the open ends total 5 they score 1 point; if the open ends total 15 they score 3 points; and if the open ends total 20 they score 4 points.

If a player's last tile is set onto the layout and it is either a double or a scoring tile they must draw from the boneyard or if the boneyard is exhausted the player is said to be "washed up" and the other players continue play without him.

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 total number of pips on any remaining dominoes in their hand, with this total rounded to the nearest multiple of 5 then divided by 5.

A number of rounds are played and the first player to score a set total (say 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 points), wins the game.  


Sometimes played with the last two tiles in the boneyard not drawn when players are unable to make a play.



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