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A Block-type game, played by 4 or 6 players using a Double-Nine domino set and a score sheet.


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

  • 4 players draw 13 tiles each.
  • 6 players draw 9 tiles each.

If 6 players are playing, then the player holding the double-nine sets it down and draws the last remaining tile and then has another turn. If 4 players are playing, then the player holding the double-nine sets it down and draws one of the three remaining tiles and then has another turn. If no player holds the double-nine, then the player who lost the last hand draws it from the undrawn tiles and sets it down and then has another turn.

Then players in turn lay tiles onto the open ends of the domino layout with same-number adjacent to same-number (doubles placed inline onto ends and not allowing play to branch four ways).  However, players must first set eight tiles on all four sides and on all four diagonals of the first set tile, forming an eight-pointed star, before any further tiles may be played. Should a player be unable to play a domino from their hand onto the layout, they must pass.

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 total number of pips on any dominoes remaining in their hand.

A number of rounds are played and the first player to score a set total (100, 150, or 200 points), wins the game.  



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