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Threes

Also known as All Threes.  A point-type domino game for two to four players using a Double-Six domino set and a score-sheet.  A very close relation to the Fives family of domino games.

Play:

The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws five 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 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 double, and only the first double, played is placed horizontally allowing play to branch four ways and is known as the spinner

Players score points every time they play a tile onto the layout and the pips on the open ends total a multiple of 3 (3, 6, 9, 12, 15, etc.).  The player who makes such a play scores that total of points.

Should a player be unable to set a domino from their hand onto the layout, they must continue to draw one tile from any in the boneyard until they are able to play one or the boneyard is exhausted.

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 pip count on any remaining tiles in their hand,  rounded to the nearest multiple of three and divided by three.  For example, if the winner of a round has 3 points in their remaining hand, and their three opponents have 7, 11, and 13, then the total point difference is 28 (7 + 11 + 13 - 3). This is rounded down to 27 and divided by 3 giving a scoring point total of 9 additional points.

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

Variations:

The ends of the first double played (the spinner) do not count towards scoring totals during play once it has been played on both horizontal sides.

Games played using a Cribbage board to keep score are usually played to a winning score of 61 points.

 

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