Who goes first in the game of Scrabble?

Who goes first in the game of Scrabble?

The player with the letter closest to “A” plays first. A blank tile beats any letter. Return the letters to the pool and remix. All players draw seven new letters and place them on their racks.

Is it an advantage to go first in Scrabble?

There is an adage in Scrabble that says the player going first will win 54% of the time – all other things being equal. Going first allows you to control the board – you determine whether your move will be horizontal or vertical , expose a premium square or a double word file, close or open the board.

Does the person who goes first in Scrabble get double points?

Like you said, the center tile counts as a Double Word Score tile, so whoever plays first gets double the points. That is an official rule. Even the most recent Scrabble Tournament rules clearly indicate that the first word played must simply cover the center tile, and be spelled top-to-bottom or left-to-right.