# Cyprus

Cyprus requires a double nine set of dominoes and is not a scaled up version of a game originally meant to be played with a double six set. The opening tableau is unique to this game.

## Equipment

The game uses a double nine domino set and four to ten players. The game can also be played with a double twelve set of dominoes, with the [12-12] and the twelve suit used as the center of the tableau.

This game is also known as Sebastopol when it is played with a double six set. The rules are slightly different so it is covered on another page.

## The Deal

The size of the hand varies with the number of players:

• For 4 players, hands are 9 tiles
• For 5 players, hands are 8 tiles
• For 6 players, hands are 7 tiles
• For 7 players, hands are 7 tiles
• For 8 players, hands are 6 tiles
• For 9 players, hands are 6 tiles
• For 10 players, hands are 5 tiles

R. C. Bell gives a different table of hand sizes in DISCOVERING DICE & DOMINOES (Shire Publications Ltd.; ISBN 0-85263-532-X; 1980) for games with four, five and six players.

• For 4 players, hands are 13 tiles
• For 5 players, hands are 11 tiles
• For 6 players, hands are 9 tiles

## The Play

The player holding the [9-9] begins the hand by setting it in the center of the table. After he has played, the next player going clockwise around the table must place another tile in the nine suit on the [9-9]. Each of the following players is so obligated until there are eight tiles around the [9-9], making it an eight-bladed "super-spinner" or star from which the tableau grows.

A player not able to play a tile in the nine suit must draw a tile from the boneyard. If the drawn tile can play, he sets it; otherwise, the tile goes in his hand and the turn passes to the next player.

If the boneyard has one tile left, no player can draw it. A player who cannot play from his hand or draw from the boneyard passes his turn.

Once all eight arms of the star are completed, each player can add a tile to the end of any of the arms in the usual manner. Other doubles are played in line.

## Scoring

When one player dominoes, he receives the total of the pips on the tile in the other player's hands as his score.

If the games blocks, then the player with the lowest total is the winner. He scores the totals from the other players and then subtracts his own score from that total.

The game is played for 60 points, or more points by agreement.