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Straight Dominoes

A point-type domino game for two to four players using a Double-Six domino set and a score sheet. An extremely popular domino game commonly played in small towns across southern states of the USA and Texas, that is also easy to learn and so good for children.


The first player in a game is decided by shuffling the dominoes, facedown, and then with each player drawing a single tile, with the highest double playing first, or in the case of no doubles being drawn, the highest tile deciding the lead player.

The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws seven tiles that only they can look at.  Any remaining dominoes are set aside to form the boneyard and may be drawn upon during subsequent play.

The lead player sets down the first domino (which may be any he chooses) and then players in turn lay tiles onto the open ends of the domino layout with same-number adjacent to same-number. The first set domino played may be played off all sides allowing play to branch four ways, and is known as the spinner.

Should a player be unable to play 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 open ends total a multiple of 5 (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc.).  The player who makes such a play scores 5 points for each multiple of five open on the layout.  Although doubles are placed horizontally and both ends score they are not played as a spinner. So doubles count as the pip total on both ends of the tile until another tile has been played on its horizontal side.

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 tiles in their hand, rounded to the nearest five. A number of rounds are played as before and the first player to score 250 points, wins the game. The winner of a round plays first in the next.





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