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HOW TO

Play Dominoes

Mar 23, 2020

Lockdown driving you mad? Watched Tiger King three times and run out of banana bread ingredients?

Well we've got just the thing for you! Keep your household entertained AND recreate laid back Caribbean vibes in your own home with a game of dominoes!

Did you know that it's one of THE most popular games across the islands? And for a good reason - it's simple but addictive when you get into it. A proper game of Caribbean dominoes is loud, fun and playful - and of course is often accompanied by a little rum. You can guarantee the winner will be cheering and boasting, taunting opponents is encouraged and dominoes are slammed hard onto the table - sometimes so hard the dominoes fly off the table.

We've opted for a more gentle version for our how-to video (see below) so you can see how it all works, but we encourage you to start slamming your dominoes down - it's all part of the fun!

YOU WILL NEED

Just a set of dominoes and 2 - 4 players (more players can double up into teams). Rum is optional! For proper island vibes, why not try your hand at a Reggae Rum Punch to go alongside your game?

STEP 1

  • Put all the dominoes face down on the table. Give them a good mix up!

STEP 2

  • Each player takes 7 dominoes. Set them up on their sides facing you - don't show anyone else!
  • Put the remaining dominoes to one side, face down.

STEP 3

  • Youngest player can start by putting any tile face up in the middle

STEP 4

  • The next player has to put down a tile that matches either of the numbers on their partner's tile
  • Tiles are placed short end to short end - unless, you've got a double number. The double numbers are put down the other way round (long-end to short-end).
  • Blank tiles are just like blanks tiles in scrabble - they can be anything you want!
  • You can put a tile at either side of the domino trail!
  • If you can't go, you have to pick up from the spare pile!

    STEP 5

    • The winner of the game is the one who uses up their tiles first - but you need to win 6 games to be declared the overall winner!
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