NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 8.
REQUIREMENTS: One set of double nine dominoes. (This game can be played with double twelve dominoes, too. But, you better have a BIG table to play on!)
OBJECT: To play all of your tiles in 10 or 19 hands of play, and have the lowest cumulative score at the end of the game.
SCORING: Your score is calculated by counting the number of dots on the tiles remaining in your hand at the end of a round. Blanks count as 25 points each, and the double-blank counts fifty points if caught in your hand, so blanks are usually played as soon as possible as the other players will be trying to block the playing of it.
BEGINNING THE GAME: The tiles are shuffled, and each player draws an equal number of tiles. The number of tiles drawn may vary from twenty tiles each for two players to six tiles each for eight players. There are fifty-five tiles in a double nine set of dominoes, so there is usually a "chicken yard" which holds all the extra tiles to be drawn. The player with the double nine in their hand plays first. If no player has the double nine, each player (starting with the player to the left of the shuffler) may draw a tile from the "chicken yard" until the double nine is found.
CONTINUING PLAY: Play proceeds clockwise around the table. The next six plays will be on the double nine, three tiles on each side forming a double chicken foot as shown in Figure 1. If a player cannot play a tile from his hand, he may draw one tile from the "chicken yard," either playing it or passing if the drawn tile cannot be played.
After the double chicken foot is created, tiles can be played on any of the six "chicken toes" until someone plays a double making a single "chicken foot." The next three plays must be made on this chicken foot before any tiles can be played anywhere else. Once the "chicken foot" is complete with three toes, tiles may again be played on any "chicken toe." (See Figure 2.)
NOTE: If a double is played and there are no more tiles in players' hands or in the "chicken yard" that can be played on the double, the game is blocked. For example, assume 7 of the 9's have already been played, and the double-nine is then played. Only two 9's remain unplayed. Once the remaining two 9's are played, the game is blocked and any tiles remaining in the "chicken yard" need not be drawn.
FINISHING A HAND: When a player either plays his last tile or blocks the game, each players score is increased by the number of dots on the tiles remaining in his hand. Each blank counts 25 points, and the double-blank counts as 50 points. The scores are recorded for each player, and the tiles are reshuffled. Each player draws tiles again, and the player with the double eight in his hand plays first. (Again, if the double eight is not in any player's hand, tiles are drawn from the "chicken yard" until the double eight is found.) Play continues to the left until the hand is finished, and once again, the tiles are reshuffled and the player with the double seven plays first.
FINISHING THE GAME: Depending on how long you want the game to last, you may play 10 hands (beginning with the double nine and ending with the double blank) or 19 hands (beginning with the double nine, playing down through the double blank, and back up to the double nine).
WINNING THE GAME: Once all of the hands have been played, the player with the lowest score wins.