Perhaps, you have played the game of dominoes once in your life. Well, who would not be familiar with this game? It is a classic game that is played around the world by every culture. In fact, dominoes game is an all-time favorite of every generation; no questions asked.
There are several versions of the game of dominoes. Depending on its place of origin, the set of dominoes rules to follow differs as well. The most popular version of this game is Draw Dominoes.
Basic set of draw dominoes rules
Starting the game
The game starts with shuffling the tiles. Hence, the first thing you have to remember in the draw dominoes rules is to place the tiles on the table face-down. The players should not see the number on the tiles. The pile of dominoes (shuffled) is called the ‘boneyard’.
After shuffling the tiles, players should pick their dominoes. If in a game there are two players, both would then select 7 dominoes each. If there are 3 or 4 players, each selects 5 dominoes. Leave the rest of the dominoes face-down on the boneyard.
The player with the highest double places the tile on the table. If no player has a domino which is double, he who has the highest value starts the game.
Playing the game
As according to Draw dominoes rules, the subsequent player (left) should place a domino that matches adjacent to the first tile. If the first player started the game with a double-six, the next player must lay a domino that has six on it. Otherwise, he must pick up a domino from the boneyard til he gets a domino he can play. If there’s no tile left, the player must pass their turn.
Draw dominoes rules on scoring
The first player who runs out of dominoes is held the winner as according to dominoes rules. If no player runs out of tiles but everybody passed due to lack of a playable, the player with the score that is lowest will be declared the winner. In the dominoes rules, the winner scores the total points of the unplayed dominoes of your opponents. If the winning player still have unplayed dominoes, it will be subtracted from the score.
Draw dominoes is played to 100 points.
Dominoes Rules on Errors
Here are several dominoes rules on errors:
Exposed dominoes. If your tile gets exposed accidentally to one domino player, it should be then exposed to the rest of the players.
Overdraw. If a player draw more domino tiles than he is entitled to, the next player (right) should take the domino which is overdrawn and return it to the boneyard. The deck will be reshuffled.
Underdraw. In the draw dominoes rules, underdraw is when a domino player gets a fewer domino tiles than he is entitled to. Once discovered, the player must draw the necessary tiles from the stock to complete his hand.
Misplay. When a player plays out of turn, he must recall his tile. But if the misplay is discovered after, the misplay should be kept. If the score is realized on the misplay, the player is allowed to keep it according to dominoes rules.