If they cannot “finish the double”, they must draw a domino, and if they cannot play it on the double, their own train becomes “public”. Single and double blanks are considered wilds. Mexican train dominoes can end on a double. Branching on doubles as in Chicken Foot is allowed as an option (see Variations below).
Can you end your train on a double?
The aim is to be the first player to get rid of all the dominoes in their hand. As soon as this happens, even if the last tile is a Double, the game ends.
What happens when you play a double in Mexican Train?
Playing Doubles: If a player plays a double (tile with identical denomination on both ends) it is placed sideways and the player must play a second domino perpendicular to the double or onto any other eligible train. (It is not required for this second domino to be played on the double just played.)
Can you end your first train with a double?
If any player ends the train they form in their first turn with a double, this has no effect on the game until everyone has played their first turn. When the first player takes their second turn, they will have to satisfy the first exposed double, as explained under doubles.
Can Mexican train end in a draw?
End of the Game
If a player cannot play a domino from their hand and cannot draw a tile because the boneyard is empty, he or she must place their train marker on their personal train and pass. If all players are forced to pass, the game ends at that point.
How do you satisfy a double in Mexican Train?
If a player plays a “double”, the double must be placed perpendicular to the train played on. The player must then immediately play another domino from his hand on to the double thus “satisfying the double”, or on to any public trains.
How many times can you play off a double in Mexican Train?
A player can play two doubles consecutively onto two different trains if that player is able to play an additional third tile from his hand (without drawing) onto one of those double tiles. This means that a player could play 3 tiles in one turn.
What is the double zero worth in Mexican train?
After someone has gone out, everyone counts up the dots on their remaining dominoes. If you have a double zero (which has no dots on it) when the game ends, it’s worth 50 points!!
Why is Mexican train called Mexican Train?
The game Americans call “Mexican Train” is originally a variation on a Chinese game called Pai Gow, which means “make nine” and uses 32 tiles or dominoes. Pai Gow predates the Song Dynasty, which began in China in 960 A.D..
What happens if you don’t tap in Mexican train?
If you don’t tap and are caught by another player you have to draw 2 tiles. NOTE:This is the rule used by most train groups but we have never played with a group that actually enforces the drawing of two tiles.
How many dominoes are in Mexican train double-15?
A double-15 set has 136 dominoes, with the tile numbers ranging from 0 (or blank) to 15.
How many dominoes are in a double-15 set?
Each progressively larger set increases the maximum number of pips on an end by three, so the common extended sets are double-nine (55 tiles), double-12 (91 tiles), double-15 (136 tiles), and double-18 (190 tiles), which is the maximum in practice.
Why is it called Mexican Train dominoes rules?
Mexican Train is a game played with dominoes. The object of the game is for a player to play all the tiles from his or her hand onto one or more chains, or trains, emanating from a central hub or “station”. The game’s most popular name comes from a special optional train that belongs to all players.