Rules to play Dominoes
Dominoes is a game played with rectangular Domino tiles.
1. Shuffling the Tiles
Before every game, a player shuffles the tiles face down on a flat playing surface, thoroughly mixing them by moving them with his hands. The players hands may not stay on the same tiles while shuffling, and the player who does the shuffling should be the last to draw his hand for the game.
Players may choose to take turns shuffling before each game or the same player may shuffle the dominoes before each game.
Here are two of several options 1 The player to the right of the player making the first play does the shuffling for a game; or, 2 The winner of the previous game shuffles for the next game.
2. Seating arrangement
A players position at the table in a game with three or more players is called a seat.
One way to determine seating arrangements is by lot. After the tiles are shuffled, each player draws a domino from the stock. The player who draws the tile with the greatest number of pips has first choice of seats. The player holding the next highest seats himself to the left, and so on. If there is a tie, it is broken by drawing new dominoes from the stock. The tiles are returned to the stock and reshuffled before the players draw their hands. When a partnership game is played, the partners sit opposite each other.
3. Order of Play
There are several different ways to determine which player will make the first play 1 Draw lots. 2 Begin the game by setting the heaviest domino. 3 Have the winner of the previous game make the first play of the next game. After it is determined who will make the first play of the game, the order of play will be decided by the seating arrangement. Play will continue to the left, clockwise, after the first play is made. Or, you may choose to play in a counter clockwise rotation, as is done in some Latin American countries, as long as all players agree to it before the game.
4. Will Make the First Play
After the tiles are shuffled, each player draws a domino from the stock. The player who draws the heaviest tile will make the first play. If there is a tie, it is broken by drawing new dominoes from the stock.
5. Beginning the Game
In some domino games, the rules state that the first play must be made by the player with the highest double in his hand. Rules for other games state that the first play must be made by the player with the heaviest domino, double or single, as the case may be.
Highest Double After the tiles are shuffled, each player draws his hand from the stock. The player who draws the highest double of the set i.e., double 9 if playing with a double 9 set, plays it as the lead. If the highest double was not drawn, the second highest double is played. If the second highest double was not drawn, the third highest double is played, and so on, until a double is played. If none of the players holds a double in his hand, all hands are discarded, reshuffled, and new hands are drawn. After the first player sets his double, the second play is made by the player to his left and play continues clockwise.
Heaviest Tile Follow the instructions above for Highest Double with this exception Instead of drawing new hands if no player holds a double tile, the player holding the heaviest single begins play.
Winner of the Last Game The winner of the last game played may open the next game. Or, if a game ends in a tie, the player who placed the last tile plays the first tile in the next game.
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