Getting Ready to Play
Start by removing all of the blank suited and double-one tiles from the set, which should leave twenty tiles to play with. Next, place all the tiles face down and mix them up real good. Finally, the dealer will deal out five tiles each to every player, keeping them face down so nobody else can see them, but the person they were dealt to.
Before the game begins, players need to make a few decisions, as far as placing bets are concerned. First, players should decide whether to place their bets before dealing the dominoes out, or waiting until after everyone has received their dominoes. In addition, work out how much to ante up at the beginning of each round as well as minimum and maximum bets and raises allowed. Once everybody agrees, gameplay can begin.
Playing the Game and Placing Bets
Like all domino poker 99 games, gameplay goes around from left to right, and the person to the left of the dealer usually goes first. The player who went first can deal the next round, giving each person a chance to deal and go first.
After everyone takes a look at the hand they were dealt, it’s time to start placing bets.
- Fold – After seeing, what you were dealt, you can either stay in the game and bet that you will win, or you can fold (throw in the towel) and wait for the next round (hopefully you will get a better hand next time). If you decide to fold, you must not reveal your hand until the game is over.
- Check – Players can decide to check the first time around, which is basically, the same as passing on making a bet. When someone checks, play then continues with the next player to the left.
- Bet – You can bet by adding money to the pot.
- Raise – If you think you can win with what you have, you can raise your bet to whatever the maximum limit is (or you can also try to bluff by raising even if you have a bad hand).
- Call – After all, players have placed their bets you can call and everyone must reveal their hand.
The following is the ranking from lowest to highest; the player with the higher rank wins whatever is in the pot.
- Highest Double – If nobody has anything, than the one with the highest double wins.
- A pair – Two doubles. If tied, highest wins.
- Flush – Five tiles of the same suit.
- Triple(three-of-a-kind) – Three doubles (because there are only 5 doubles in the set, it’s only possible for one player to have a triple.
- Straight Fours – A sequence on one side, with all fours on the other. Ex, 1-4, 2-4, 3-4, 4-4.
- Full House – Three double tiles and two tiles of the same suit. Ex, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 3-4, 5-4.
- Straight Fives – A sequence on one side, with all fives on the other. Ex, 1-5, 2-5, 3-5, 4-5, 5-5).
- Four-of-a-Kind – Four doubles
- Straight Sixes – A sequence on one side, with all sixes on the other. Ex, 1-6, 2-6, 3-6, 4-6, 5-6.
- Royal Hand (Invincible) – Five doubles.
Always remember: it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, or how you play the game… what matters most is that you have fun playing!