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# How to play dominoes

Updated February 21, 2017

## Step 1

Count that there are 28 dominoes, from double blank to double six.

## Step 2

Place them facedown on the table and shuffle them until they're random.

## Step 3

Allow your opponent to take seven dominoes, and take seven for yourself.

## Step 4

Allow the player with the highest double to go first.

## Step 5

Lay a domino with like value next to the first domino (it doesn't matter which end). Make sure like values are always touching.

## Step 6

Pick from the pile if you don't have a domino that corresponds to the ones on the layout. Keep those dominoes concealed from your opponent(s).

## Step 7

Pass if no more dominoes are left in the pile.

## Step 8

Win the session if you're the first person to run out of dominoes.

## Step 9

End the session if everybody passes, in which case the winner is the person with the lowest score.

## Step 10

Count your score by the number of dots on the tiles remaining in your hand.

## Step 11

End the game if someone reaches 50 points in a game with two players or 100 points with three or more players. The lowest score wins.

#### Tips

• If you're playing with three or four players, each player should take five dominoes.
• If more than two are playing, play rotates clockwise.
• If no double is held by any player to determine who will go first, the domino of the highest value is counted.
• Keep the largest assortment of different numbers in your hand as long as possible. If you have a choice of playing the 5-4 or 5-3 on an open 5, you should choose according to whether you have other 4s or 3s in your hand.
• If you lay a double, the layout then forms a T shape and play can continue from any of the exposed ends.

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