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A domino version of the playing-card game Twenty-One (known as Blackjack in the USA, Pontoon in the UK, and Ving-et-un in France).  This game is for two to five players using a Double-Six domino-set and is played for stakes.  Players who draw tiles later in a game have the advantage of some knowledge of other players' hands and will have a natural edge over the other earlier players.


The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, and then a player is appointed as banker (possibly by drawing a tile from the boneyard with the highest domino taking the position).  Players in turn then buy tiles from the banker for a predetermined amount  (say one cent, penny, dollar, or euro).  Players then in turn may keep buying tiles from the banker as long as their total isn't above 21 up to a maximum of nine tiles (it is impossible to have more than nine tiles without going over 21).  If a player "busts" by going over 21, then they must announce it and the banker takes their paid wager.  A player may elect to "stick" or "stand" and not buy any more tiles from the banker.  Every time a player buys a tile over a total of two dominoes in their hand, they must turn one of their tiles face-up so they have two facedown tiles and a number of face-up dominoes in their hand  

Once all the other players have either gone bust or elected to stick or stand the banker may draw as many tiles as he wishes from the boneyard to his hand as long as he doesn't go over 21.  Should the banker go bust by totalling over 21, then he must pay out to all the remaining players who haven't gone bust.  Should he elect to stick or stand, then the banker settles the wagers by taking the paid sum from each player who either has a lower or equal total to his, or by paying off all players with a greater total than his.   When paying off players, the banker pays them the total amount they wagered multiplied by the squared number of tiles they hold in their winning hand.  So...

  • 2 tiles pays 4 times the stake.
  • 3 tiles pays 9 times the stake.
  • 4 tiles pays 16 times the stake.
  • 5 tiles pays 25 times the stake.
  • 6 tiles pays 36 times the stake.
  • 7 tiles pays 49 times the stake.
  • 8 tiles pays 64 times the stake.
  • 9 tiles pays 81 times the stake.

A blank may count as either 0 or 7.  Should a player score 21 with a total of three tiles including the double-blank, then he beats all other hands, including the banker's.

Play continues as before with the next player in turn taking the position of banker.



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