ChooChoo Sixes is a variation of the traditional Domino game Mexican Train played with a double 6 set of dominoes and two players. The normal Mexican Train game rules call for a double 9 or larger and can be played with more players.
Double 6 set of dominoes, and two players.
Remove the double that starts that round, the first round starts with 6-6, then 5-5, 4-4, 3-3, 2-2, 1-1, and the last round begins with 0-0. This domino starts the Choo Choo Train or community train.
Shuffle the remaining dominoes face down, and each player select 5 tiles (bones)from them. The remaining bones are called the boneyard or train/Choo Choo yard. You can call the tableau the tracks if you choose.
The Starting of the round
Place the beginning domino of the Choo Choo train (the double for that round) in the center between the two players at one edge of the table.
The first player of the first round is the one with the highest double or highest pip/dot count in thier hand. The second and subsequent rounds are started by the player who won the last round.
The players trains will start each one to thier side of the Choo Choo Train. You play dominoes on your train and the Choo Choo train unless you need to cover the double of your oponent.
The goal of the round is to be the first to empty your hand of dominoes.
You build your train and the Choo Choo train both beginning with the number from the double of that round. From there you can play a domino on your train or the Choo Choo with any match.
Playing a Double:
you play a double domino, this is a take-another-turn move. The end of the train you played the double on is now an open train until that double is played on.
As the player of the double, you get to play a 2nd domino that turn which does not need to be on your double, it can be on either your train or the Choo Choo train. However if the double was played on your train, no other domino can be played after your turn ends until the double is covered. In other words, your oponent must cover the double or draw/pass. If your oponent passes, you need to cover the double.
If you are unable to play you must draw a tile from the Choo Choo Yard, if that tile can be played it must be played. If the drawn tile cannot be played your turn ends.
Play ends when someone runs out of tiles or when neither player can make a move.
Each player counts the dots (pips) and adds that to thier score. At the end of the 7 rounds, the low score wins.
Variations and what we do
Some like to play with a 0-0 left in the hand worth either 50 or 25 points.
> EngravedDominoes.com will only play by that rule if playing with a set that has the zeros/fronts engraved because it gives the owner of the set a psychological advantage seeing thier personalization. We love to give the advantage to our customers whenever we can!
If you have 1 tile left you must announce it, failure do do so before your oponent points this out means you need to draw from the Choo Choo yard.
> EngravedDominoes.com does not play by this rule ever, simply because ChooChoo Sixes is only played with two people and this rarely goes unnoticed.