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Auction Draw

A variation on the Draw domino game, played by two to four players using a Double-Six domino set, and chips or stakes instead of a score-sheet.


At the beginning of each round players each put a fixed amount (usually three) chips/units of stakes into a pool.

The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then each player draws a number of tiles, that only they can look at, that differs according to the number of players taking part.

  • 2 players draw 7 tiles each.
  • 3 players draw 7 tiles each.
  • 4 players draw 6 tiles each.

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 (the double-six, heaviest double, or whatever convention  players have agreed on) and then players in turn lay tiles onto the open ends of the domino layout with same-number adjacent to same-number (doubles placed horizontally onto ends, but not allowing play to branch four ways).  Should a player be unable to play a domino from their hand onto the layout, he may either pass on his turn or buy a domino from the boneyard. A player may buy as many tiles as he wishes by putting one chip/unit of stakes into the pool for each tile drawn. Players may not buy any further tiles once there are only two dominoes left in the boneyard.

Once the boneyard is down to only two tiles, the next player to the one who drew the last drawn tile becomes the "auctioneer" and announces the last two tiles are up for auction. Starting with the auctioneer, players in turn make a bid. The bid may be zero (players announce "check") or must be a higher number of chips/units than the last bid. Bidding passes around the players twice so each player gets two bids before closing the auction. The player who made the highest bid, puts the amount of chips/units into the pool and takes the two tiles. If no one bids at all, then the last two tiles are left in the boneyard and not played.

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 collects all the chips/stakes in the pool. If players' pip totals are equal for the lowest count, then the pool is shared equally, with any odd amount, left in the pool to be carried over for the next game.


Sometimes played with the first initially set double played as the only spinner of a round.




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