Event Date & Time: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at 2:00pm.
Event Location: Tri-County Senior Center, 800 W. Union St., Pacific, MO 63069 (Click on address to open location in Google Maps.)
Age Categories: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+
Event Description: Cardinal’s Mexican Train uses a standard set of Double Twelve Dominoes. From 2 to 8 players can play. With 2, 3, or 4 players, draw 15 dominoes each. With 5 or 6 players, draw 12 each and with 7 or 8 players, draw 11 each.
NOTE: Any changes will be announced the day of the event. Any circumstances not covered by the following rules will be ruled upon by the event coordinator.
Event Rules: The object of the game is to play off all of your dominoes. You can play off onto your own train or onto the Cardinal Mexican. Each player will have a marker of their own to put on a tile when a play cannot be made. The player with the double 12 places it in the center and starts their train from it. A train is started when a player has a tile with the left side of their tile that is the same as the number in the center tile. The next tile must match the right side of their tile. (For example: 12/5, 5/9, 9/2 etc.) The first player may play on their own train or start the “Mexican Trash Train” off to the side. If this is done, the player does not have to put their marker up. If the first player decides to lay on their own train, the next player starts their train. If they do not have a starter tile, they must draw from bone yard. If that tile cannot be played, then their marker is put on their train. Thus any player can play on their train until the time they can play on it themselves, taking their markers off. It must be removed at this time. After all players have had 1 turn, the trash train can be started by anyone – there is only 1 trash train.
When a double is played at any time the player that places it must follow it, either from their hand or by drawing from bone yard, thus putting their marker up. The next player must follow it, or draw a tile, they do not put their marker up, their penalty is the extra tile. When 2nd double is played the last must be followed first. When the double is played on, the game continues, each taking their turn from their train or by drawing from bone yard when player is down to 1 or 2 dominoes (a double and a follow up) that would put them out – they must “knock” to let the others know they plan on going out their next turn. If they fail to do this they must draw from bone yard, if the last domino is a double they must draw and cannot go out. Players count what is left when someone goes out and gives it to the score keeper.
Continue with next play with double eleven, etc. Low score draws first next time if no one has the starting double.
Scoring: As soon as one player is out of dominoes, all play stops, and players report the sum of their remaining dominoes to the scorekeeper. After an agreed number of rounds, whoever has the lowest score is the winner. (Note: begin each round with a new player, rotating to the left.)
For a fast paced game you may use either Double Nine or Double Six Dominoes. Draw an appropriate number of dominoes so that at least a few are left in the bone yard.
Directions to Event:
Going eastbound on Interstate 44: Take Exit #256 for Pacific. Turn left onto W. Osage Street (Business I-44). Go 0.9 miles and turn right onto Sanker Street. Go to the end of Sanker Street and turn left onto W. Union Street. Tri-County Senior Center will be on the right.
Going westbound on Interstate 44: Take Exit #257 for Pacific. Turn left onto Viaduct Street. Go under overpass and turn left onto W. Osage Street (Business I-44). Go 0.5 miles and turn right onto Sanker Street. Go to the end of Sanker Street and turn left onto W. Union Street. Tri-County Senior Center will be on the right.