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Official Muggins (All Fives) Rules

Muggins, also known as "All Fives," is a classic domino game that involves both strategic play and the ability to quickly add up numbers. Here's a detailed guide to the rules of Muggins:

Objective: The goal of Muggins is to score points by making the open ends of the domino layout add up to a multiple of five.


  • A standard double-six domino set (28 tiles)


  1. Players:

    • Muggins is typically played by 2-4 players.

  2. Shuffling and Drawing:

    • Shuffle the dominoes face down.

    • Each player draws tiles as follows:

      • For 2 players: 7 tiles each

      • For 3 or 4 players: 5 tiles each

    • The remaining tiles form the boneyard.


  1. Starting the Game:

    • The player with the highest double (if any) plays it to start the layout.

    • If no player has a double, players draw tiles from the boneyard until a double is drawn to start the game.

  2. Playing Dominoes:

    • Players take turns in a clockwise direction.

    • On their turn, a player must place a tile matching one of the open ends of the layout (end-to-end matching).

    • After placing a tile, the player checks the sum of the pips on all open ends of the layout.

    • If the sum of the open ends is a multiple of five (5, 10, 15, 20, etc.), the player scores that number of points.

  3. Scoring Points:

    • Points are scored immediately after a tile is played if the sum of the open ends is a multiple of five.

    • Players must call out their points immediately to claim them.

    • Example: If the layout has open ends showing 3 and 2, the sum is 5, and the player scores 5 points.

  4. Blocking and Drawing:

    • If a player cannot make a valid play, they must draw tiles from the boneyard until they can play or the boneyard is empty.

    • If the boneyard is empty and a player cannot play, they pass their turn.

  5. Ending a Round:

    • A round ends when a player plays all their tiles or when no player can make a legal play.

    • If a player plays all their tiles, they score the total number of pips on the remaining tiles of all other players.

    • If the round ends with blocked play, the player with the lowest pip count scores the total number of pips on all remaining tiles.

Winning the Game:

  • The game is played to a predetermined number of points, commonly 100 or 200.

  • The player who reaches or exceeds the target score first wins the game.

Additional Rules:

  • Muggins Rule: If a player fails to call out their score when the open ends sum to a multiple of five, any opponent can call "Muggins" and claim the points instead.

Muggins is a dynamic and engaging domino game that combines skillful play with quick mental arithmetic. It's a great way to enjoy dominoes with a competitive edge.

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