All 7 dominoes of the suit are played first around the double, forming 2 double rows and 2 single rows. The dominoes will touch to form a connection where the suits of two dominoes match.
Doubles must always be played crossways in the single rows. The only exception is when the bid is '4MODOTS'.
Always start the new game with the double six, then rotate clockwise for the rest of the seven mark game.
Single row can become a double row by playing a double crossways.
Neither of the double rows can become a single row.
- Double rows can be played lengthways in pairs or crossways in singles, always matching the suit where the dominoes touch to form the row.
- Suits to bid on are: blanks, ones, twos, threes, fours, fives and sixes.
Winning a bid hand is scored in marks, not in count.
Winning one hand is scored as one mark.
Winner of a game is determined when one team gets 7 marks before the other team gets 7 marks.
Session winners are determined by winning the majority of the number of games in a session.
A session may not end in a tie.
The scorekeeper decides when a session ends.
The scorekeeper must call 'rubber game' before the tie breaking game in order to notify all the players that the next game will be the last game in a session.
The player/bidder must have the double of a suit to bid, else he/she must pass.
The player/bidder may pass even though he/she has double(s) in the hand he/she holds.
The player/bidder calls the game as "offense" or "defense".
Offense means the player/bidder and his/her partner will play all their dominoes before the other team plays all their dominoes.
Defense means the player/bidder and his/her partner will play the domino that blocks all other plays, before the other team plays the domino that blocks all other plays.
The player/bidder may overbid his/her partner or his/her opponents by only an increase of one mark.
When a player does not make his/her bid the opposing team gets the number of marks the losing player had bid added to their score.
WHAMINO bid; is for 7 hand marks. The game will be won or lost in this one hand.
All dominoes, except any two doubles, will play in the winning WHAMINO bid.
4MODOTS bid (4 Marks Offense, Doubles On The Side); is a bid that is made when a player has 4 or more doubles in his/her hand.
When a player plays a 'double on the side', he/she must state 'double on the side' when he/she plays the double domino.
The trophy will be displayed on the prominent window shelf with "Ladies" or "Men" Champs facing the playing table for all the time between game sessions. The session Champs are determined by the team winning the most seven mark games in any one playing session.
WHAMINO Origin and Revisions:
The game originated in the home of Bobby Holloway in early 1998. Bobby Holloway, Mary Holloway, Tommy Thomas and Nancy Thomas had played the domino game of 42 beginning in 1980 as often as their family lifestyle would allow. Bobby had noticed that the dominoes could be played in suits in a manner that would cause the dominoes to form a pattern much like count dominoes, but played in suits and suggested they could develop a new domino game. He made a simple set of rules and suggested the name of WHAMINO™, designed a Trophy and the sessions began.
After two short months of play and many observations on the difficulty of playing doubles other than the first downed double; and that the Offense and WHAMINO bids were near impossible to win, Tommy suggested a new bid. The new bid would be somewhat like the PLUNGE bid played in the domino game of 42. Nancy, Mary and Bobby were quick to accept this new bid offer, since every game seemed to be a Defense game. This new bid was named 4 Marks, Doubles On The Side (4MODOTS).
After much discussion about making public the winning status of the Men and the Ladies, it was decided that such a display of ego mania would be distasteful. After all, who is counting anyway? So, until this day the only way one can know anything about the scoring history is to be present at each and every time a session is played. Or one could take a look at the trophy as it is displayed in the northeast window of THE_HOLLOWAY_INN_HOWE_Tx. to see who won the last session.
The Trophy has been in permanent display at THE_HOLLOWAY_INN_HOWE_Tx. since the beginning of the game in early 1998.
Last update date: 5/23/1998 by the Web Master Bobby Holloway