OBJECTIVE OF SOUTH AMERICAN DOMINOES: The objective of South American Dominoes is to 10 rounds before your opponents.


MATERIALS: One double 6 set of dominoes, a way to keep score, and a flat surface.

TYPE OF GAME: Connecting Domino Game



South American Dominoes is a connecting domino game for 4 players. The goal of the game is to win 10 rounds.

The game uses fixed partnerships. Partners should sit across from each other.


A dealer is chosen randomly and shuffled the tiles. Each player is dealt 7 dominoes each. There should be no remaining dominoes.

If a player holds 5 or more doubles, they can declare this, and the dominos are collected and redealt. Another variation requires a player to have all 7 doubles to call for a redeal.


For the first round of the game, the player with the double 6 starts the layout. After the first round, the first player passes to the right. This player may start the layout with whichever tile they wish. Turn order is counterclockwise.

On a player’s turn, they will add a tile to the layout if they can. If they cannot legally add a tile, they will pass their turn. To add a tile to the layout you must connect the end of one tile to the other by matching the numbers on the ends touching. The only exception is a double, where both numbers must match, and it is added to the layout at a 90-degree angle.

The game is played until a player manages to play all tiles from their hand or until all 4 players pass their turn, unable to play to the layout.

If a player manages to empty their hand their team wins the round. If the game ends with a blocked layout, then each team will count the number of pips on tiles they have remaining in hand. The team with the lower pip count is the winning team. If there is a tie for how many pips each team has remaining. Then the round ends in a tie.


After the winner of the round has been determined scoring can begin. The winning team will mark a win for themselves.

After scoring is complete a new round is started. The tiles are collected and redealt, and a new layout is made as described under Gameplay.


The game ends when a team wins 10 rounds. To win the game a team needs to win 10 rounds in total but their opponent must also have won 5 or more games, otherwise, the game ends in a tie.

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