Here’s a look at the newest game added to the District Senior Games schedule.
Mexican Train Dominoes Rules
Players will first shuffle the dominoes. Each player will then draw one domino.
The player drawing the highest numbered domino wins the draw.
Return the dominoes to the bone yard and re-shuffle, then draw your dominoes
to play. For 4 players, draw 15 dominoes. For 5 players, draw 12 dominoes.
Beginning the Game
Play will begin with the “double 5” domino. If no one has the “double 5”, players
will draw one domino until the “double 5” is drawn, beginning with the player
who won the first draw, then the player to his or her left draws, ect. The player
having the “double 5” plays it in the center of the “station” and it becomes the
“engine” for all other trains played out of the “station”. The rules for
playing doubles applies. Play then continues to the left.
All trains begin the game as “private”, and only the player who owns the train
may play on it. When a player draws a domino and is unable play it, they must
mark their train as “public” by placing a marker on their train. Players have the
option, whether they can play on their own train or not, of playing a domino
on any train currently marked “public”. When a player with a “public” train adds
a domino to it, it becomes “private” again and may not be played on except
by the train’s owner.
The Mexican ( Community ) Train
The Mexican Train is an additional train that anyone may play on during their turn.
They can start the Mexican Train (by playing a domino matching the engine) or
add to the train once it is started. The Mexican Train may be started out of the
“Station” or off to the side. Only one Mexican Train is allowed.
When a double is played, it must have another domino played on it. Adding this
domino to the double is called “finishing”, “satisfying the double” or “covering the
double”. The player who played the double must take another turn. This additional
turn follows exactly the same rules as any normal turn. They may play anywhere
they like, and do not have to “finish the double” on this turn. They may play
elsewhere and, provided they make a legal play, do not have to mark their train
for not finishing the double. Like any other turn, if they cannot play they must
draw a domino and mark their train as “public”. If a double remains unfinished
after it has been played, the train becomes a “public” train. No other train can be
added to by any player until someone “finishes the double”. Play passes to the
next player who can legally play on this train (if the train is theirs, or if they can
legally play on “public” trains). If they cannot “finish the double”, they must draw
a domino, and if they cannot play it on the double, their own train becomes
“public”. Play continues like this until someone “finishes the double”.
Playing Two Doubles
On rare occasions a player may be able to play two doubles on his or her turn, first,
on their “private” train, then on the Mexican Train or on another “public” train.
That player does not have to “finish” either double. The next player then has to
follow the rules for doubles, “finishing” the FIRST double played. Once the FIRST
double is “finished”, the SECOND double must likewise be “finished”.
Exception to the Doubles Rule
If the double played is that players LAST domino it does not have to be “finished”.
The round ends. If that round began with the “double blank”, the game ends.
Ending a Round or the Game
When a player plays his or her last domino, play stops. All other players report the
sum of their remaining dominoes to the scorekeeper. If that round began with the
“double blank”, the game ends. The player with the lowest score wins the game.