- OBJECT OF ONE ARM JOE: being the first player to 100 points.
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 5 to 9
- MATERIALS: A double six domino set and a flat surface.
- TYPE OF GAME: Children’s Domino Game
- AUDIENCE: All Ages
One Arm Joe refers to a children’s domino game that involves 5 to 9 players. The objective is to reach 100 points before your opponents.
The dealer will deal out the dominos in a pile and shuffle. Remember that there is a need to keep the dominos in a face-down position. Then, each player draws three dominos from the stock. At the same time, remaining dominos from the boneyard.
The player with the highest double starts the game. Players play the double, and in this way, they follow the clockwise movement. Each player takes a turn, building off only a single side of the double.
In case it happens that a player cannot play any of the tiles to the train, they take the strategy of drawing from the boneyard until they play a tile. In case there are no tiles left in the boneyard, then there is a need for the player to pass their turn.
There isn’t the possibility of playing Doubles crosswise like other games and playing a double grant opportunity to play an additional tile. In case the player cannot play a tile for an additional turn, there is a need to pass. In this game, the player does not draw from the boneyard when it’s not possible to play after a double.
Consequently, it happens that round ends with blocking the train so no player can play to it. The scenario happens when a player dominos. A player decides dominos when playing the last domino from hand successfully to the train.
After the round ends, players score, and consequent each player count the pips from the tiles remaining in their hand. The player who holds the lowest pip values scores value equal to other player’s pips.
End of Game
The game ends with a player reaching 100 points. Doubles early in is a good thing in this game, and the main strategy is playing defensively. Besides, there is a need to keep a variety of suits in hand to maximize the chance of playing a tile.
Usually, there aren’t chances to predict what the open half is by the time the others have already completed playing. There’s a possibility to make a chain of all the tiles in the Double Six domino set. Tableau for the game can become fairly long.