# How to Play Dominoes

Dominoes are a family of tile-based games. They are rectangular tiles with square ends and numbered spots on the edges. The goal is to get as many tiles as you can into the middle. The more tiles you get, the more points you’ll earn. If you can get to the center of the board before the other players do, you win.

Domino games are played with two players. Players each take seven tiles from a double-six set and alternate extending their line of play. The winner is the player with more points than the loser. This is a competitive game and can be very exciting. If you’ve ever played domino, you know the game’s rules: you can use one of two methods to get to the top of the leader board.

The Draw Game is a variation of the Block game, and is a more popular variant in many parts of the world. In this game, the players start with fewer dominoes than the Block game. If a player can’t place a domino, he must pick up a sleeping domino. These sleeping dominoes will eventually run out of tiles, so it’s crucial to pick them up quickly.

The game originated in Italy in the early eighteenth century and spread to southern Germany, Austria, and France in the mid-18th century. In France, domino games became a fad. The word domino first appears in a French dictionary in 1771. Its meanings in the West are unclear, but the word domino was used in two different contexts, one of which was a reference to the crude woodcuts on paper that were popular among French peasants.

The size of dominoes is determined by the number of players and the number of tiles in a hand. For example, two players draw 12 tiles, while three players draw eleven. When playing with five players, you can draw six tiles in one row and five tiles in the other. In addition to these, you can play dominoes on the right or left.

The rules of dominoes vary according to the style of the game. The first player lays his tile face up on the center of the table, and the next player must match one end of his domino to a part of the first tile. Then, you can add more tiles to a row, if there’s space. You can also make a line of dominoes by adding one to another.

In some variations, players team up and score the game. The winner usually has the lowest score. You can strategize to avoid the “bloated hand” and avoid the risk of a draw. Some variations use a time limit per turn. If you miss the time limit, you’ll lose. You can also get penalized for holding doubles during a loss.

There are dozens of variations of the game. The first version of domino was known as pupai, but the character was later changed to pu while keeping the same pronunciation. Today, you can find a variety of Chinese-style domino games, including Pai Gow and Che Deng.