Straight dominoes can be played by two to four players.
· Tiles must be mixed up before the players can draw their hand. This is done by a process of shuffling, whereby the tiles are placed face down on a flat surface and one player moves them around randomly without maintaining contact with any specific tiles.
· The players then draw one domino each, to determine who plays first. The player drawing the highest double goes first, or, if no double is drawn, the player with the highest-scoring domino.
· Each player now draws a hand of seven tiles, with the player who did the shuffling drawing last.
· If there are tiles left over, these remain face down to be drawn by players who are unable to put anything down on their turn.
· The first player begins by laying their chosen tile face-up in the middle of the playing area.
· The next player must match one end of one of his dominoes to part of the first tile.
· In some versions, the game starts with 0-0 (next game 1-1 and so on), whoever has it, and for this domino only, tiles are allowed to be joined to all four sides, creating four open lines to which new dominoes can be added.
· From this point, players can add their tiles to whichever line they choose. If a double is played, this is laid perpendicular to the line.
· If a player does not have any dominoes which can be played, they must draw another from the unused tiles. If there are none left, you pass.
When the first player gets rid of all the
dominoes, other players must count their remaining pips. You can play various
rounds and add the points at the end.