1. Verify all 28 dominoes are in the set.2. Agree on the number of points necessary to win the game, 250, 200, or 150.3. To score points, the end dominoes must add up to a multiple of 5. The double 6 set of dominoes, 35 is the highest possible score. (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 & 35 are the only scores)
4. Turn all the dominoes face down and shuffle thoroughly (wash the dishes).5. Each player must draw 7 dominoes, no more, no less.6. The player that has the highest double starts the game. The double 6 is the highest double. If neither player has the double 6, the double 5 is the next option, then the double 4 all the way to the double blank. In the event neither player draws a double, the dominoes shall be re-shuffled and new hands are drawn until a double is played to start the game.7. Most games require more than one hand to complete. If you are the player that played the last domino from the previous hand, that is called “Domino.” Playing the last domino grants you the right to start the next hand with a domino of choice (no double is required). This process is repeated until a winner is determined based upon the number of points required to win the game.8. Blocked or Locked Hand- A blocked hand or game is when neither player can play but both players still have dominoes. The spots from each hand are totaled. The player that has the least number of spots shall be award the spots of his opponent. For example, you have 17 spots and your opponent has 21 spots, you will be awarded 20 points from your opponent’s hand (round to the nearest multiple of 5).9. After a blocked hand (if the game-winner was not determined) who starts the next hand? The player that won the blocked hand starts the next hand. If it was a tie, the players must draw one domino to determine which player will play first. The person drawing the lowest number of spots on one domino under this condition shall play first and play the domino of choice.10. BOGUS PLAY – If a player draws a domino from the boneyard with a playable domino already in his hand when discovered and proven, that player is penalized 50 points or the total points in his hand, the greater of the two options. The opponent has the option to end the hand or not.11. BOGUS PLAY 2 – If a player plays 5 on a 4, the opponent has the option BEFORE PLAYING to let the play remain or request the domino to be removed. It becomes a legal play if allowed to remain. There is no penalty for this type of bogus play. 12. BOGUS PLAY 3- If a player plays on the wrong spinner (the first double played), the opponent has the option BEFORE PLAYING to let the play remain or request the domino to be removed. It becomes a legal play if allowed to remain. There is no penalty for this type of bogus play.13. DRAWING FROM BONEYARD-¬ When drawing from the boneyard, if more than one domino is drawn, the domino dawn that will play must be turned face up on the table while contemplating which end to place the domino. The playable domino MUST NOT be placed with the non-playable dominoes. Violating this rule more than once may result in a penalty.14. DRAWING WINNING DOMINO FROM BONEYARD¬- You must show the remaining unplayable dominoes in your hand. Always turn up your remaining dominoes after playing the winning domino that is drawn from the boneyard. Failure to comply with this rule will result in the forfeiture of that game. 15. PENALTY POINTS- The offended player has the option to accept the points or have the points subtracted from his opponent. 16. EXPOSED DOMINO- There is no such thing as an exposed domino in head-up once the hands are drawn. 17. PLAYED DOMINO- A domino is only considered played when the player has RELEASED his hand from the domino attaching it to the string or NEAR the string of already played dominoes.
18. If a player attempts to play a non-matching domino and that play is caught by the opponent, that domino must be exchanged with a playable domino. In the event the player does not have a playable domino in his hand, there is a 50 point penalty for such an act.
19. After each penalty, the victim shall have the option to continue with that hand after taking the penalty. If the spots in the opponent's hand are greater than the penalty points, the penalty points then shall become the spots in the opponent's hand.