Cyprus Domino Rules
How To Play Cyprus Dominoes
Number Of Players: 4 to 10
Domino Set Required: Double-Nine
Cyprus is related to Sebastopol, but uses a double-nine set of dominoes.
After shuffling the dominoes, each player draws tiles to make up their hand. The number of tiles drawn depends on the number of players:
- 4 players draw 9 tiles each
- 5 players draw 8 tiles each
- 6 players draw 7 tiles each
- 7 players draw 7 tiles each
- 8 players draw 6 tiles each
- 9 players draw 6 tiles each
- 10 players draw 5 tiles each
The remainder of the tiles make up the boneyard (or "stock"), and are held in or reserve to be drawn upon at need.
The player holding the double-nine places the first domino. If no one has the 9-9, all players draw a tile, until the 9-9 appears. Play proceeds to the left (clockwise). Each player adds a domino to an open end of the layout, if he can. The four edges of the double-nine, as well as the four diagonals, must be filled before any other tiles may be layed down. If a player cannot connect to the 9-9, he must draw a tile, then play it if possible, or pass if not.
Once the initial 9 tiles are set, play continues as in standard Block Dominoes, with like-numbered tiles connecting. Doubles are played inline.
A player that cannot make a move must draw a tile from the boneyard. He must play the drawn tile if he can, or pass if he cannot.
Ending A Hand
A hand ends either when a player plays all his tiles, or when a game is blocked, at which time the lightest hand wins total of his opponents points, minus any points in his own hand.
Winning A Game
A game is generally played to 60, 100, or whatever total is agree upon before the game begins.
- Pagat.com calls for leaving at least one tile in the boneyard.