Domino QQ, also known as Qiu Qiu or Domino Indo, is a form of poker that is really popular in Indonesia. It’s related to pai gow, which is a Chinese domino gambling game. Sometimes, it can be a little confusing to get the hang of this game but once you do, it’s fun and addicting! The rules for this game are listed below so you can read over them and get a better understanding of how the gameplay goes and how the whole game works.
Domino QQ Rules
For starters, this game is played with 28 double-six dominoes. Unlike the US, the dominoes in Indonesia are usually small cards that are thrown away after a while because they show signs of wear and play.
Usually, all players have to put a certain amount into the pot. This amount will vary depending on where you’re playing and it could be a low bet or a high one. Once everyone puts their bets into the pot, each player is dealt 3 dominoes. Once everyone looks at their dominoes, they can do 1 of 4 things. If there is no previous better they can bet but if there is a previous better then they can call, raise, or fold.
During the first round, if only one person bets then they take the winning pot without having to show their hand. If there was more than one person, then everyone who didn’t fold will get dealt a 4th card. Once that card is dealt, the final round of betting happens. Most of the time, both rounds have a betting limit and the second round usually has a higher limit. At the end of this final round, all players who didn’t fold have to show their hands. The person with the highest or best hand takes the winning pot.
Cards are put into pairs and the pips are added together and only the second digit is taken. For example, a total pip of 23 becomes 3 and a total pip of 17 becomes 7. With that being said, the highest pair is a 9, which gives the name Qiu Qiu. There are 3 hands that will give you a higher score than a pair of 9s. Those are:
- High- the total pips on 4 dominoes equals 38 or higher
- Low- the total pips on 4 dominoes equal 9 or below
- Double- 4 dominoes with doubles
One other hand that is above non-special hands but below double 9s is a straight. This is where all 4 dominoes have consecutive pips. For example, if the pips equal 4, 5, 6, 7. Another special hand is when you have 3 doubles and that’s referred to as a kid and the 4th is alone.
If 2 players end up having a straight or doubles, then the person with the higher double wins. If both have a straight but no doubles, then the person with the higher straight wins.
Now that you know the rules, you will be able to be playing this game in no time! Like any game, it might take a little bit of practice but it’s easy to get the hang of and it’s easy to play. You can show your friends a new version of dominoes and show them how to play!