The Art of Jamaican-styled Dominoes Image

by Biko Kennedy

One of the greatest things about dominoes lies in the fact that anyone can learn the basics rather easily and the more you play the better you become at predicting moves, assuming what’s in your opponents’ hands and of course slamming your final piece on the table after a six-love (6-0) victory.

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The Shuffle
There are 28 dominoes, with seven of each suit: 0-0, 0-1, 0-2, 0-3, 0-4, 0-5, 0-6, 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 2-6, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6, 5-5, 5-6, 6-6. Each tile is placed face-down on the table and rotated thoroughly leaving each player to “draw” (select) seven pieces with the player with double six making the first “pose” (play).

The Game

The player to the right (counter clockwise) of the poser/first player plays next. The next player will play the domino with like value next to the first domino. If you don't have a domino that corresponds to the ones on the layout, you will pass.

The Layout

Although you normally play in a line, if you run out of table space, you can play a domino at a 90 degree angle to give yourself more room.

Then further play continues in a linear fashion from either end.

Who wins

The first person to run out of dominoes wins OR if everybody passes (GAME BLOCKED). The winner is the person with the lowest count. Your count is based on the number of dots on the tiles remaining in your hand. Depending on the “six love” game you are playing here is how you win overall: If one person or a partner team wins six games in a row. For example, if a partner team or player has won 5 rounds in a row and someone else or another partner team wins the 6th round the game “bruks”/has to be started over. If one person or a partner wins six games before their opponent(s) do.

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