How to play Mikado
A standard set of mikado
is 31 sticks, about 8 inches
- One rainbow stick worth twenty-five points, called the mikado 1 x 25
- Five red sticks worth fifteen points 5 x 15
- Five blue sticks worth ten points 5 x 10
- Ten green sticks worth five points 10 x 5
- Ten yellow sticks worth three points 10 x 3
Total 230 points
Variants can change point value, number or stick coloring, I have a set which uses red, blue and yellow bands on wooden sticks:
- 1x spiralled Mikado (20pts)
- 5x R B R B R (10pts)
- 5x B R B (5pts)
- 15x B Y R (3pts)
- 15x B R (2pts)
Total 41 sticks, 170 points.
Determine the dealer
with a coin toss
, picking a stick behind the back... He will do the first throw by gathering all the sticks in one hand,
fashion, and drop them. The player left of the dealer starts the game by choosing and picking up one stick. Once he has
chosen a stick he must pick it up without touching or moving any other stick. You cannot use a stick (except the mikado) or anything
else but your fingers to pick up the sticks.
The mikado stick is special. Once picked up, it may be used to help in picking up other sticks.
Should a player move another stick while picking up his stick, his turn is over. He must tally his score and make a drop for the next player.
The game continues until a set number of rounds or score is reached.