The Basics of Dominoes


Traditionally made of dark hardwood, ebony, or ivory, dominoes have a line in the middle. They are marked with a specific arrangement of pips. They have two squares called ends. Each side of the domino has a specific value, and the sum of these pips is called the weight. In most games, players score by awarding the pips of their opponents’ dominoes. There are also variations that involve bonus conditions.

The most common variant, the double-six set, has six pips on each half of the face. This set has 28 tiles. This set is usually recommended for players with higher counts. There are two exceptions to the double-six rule. One is that if the player shuffles the set, all four sides of the double are considered open. The second is that if a double is laid perpendicular to the line, all four sides are open.

If the player draws a double, the player must play the domino that contains the number at the opposite end of the chain. This is called a “stitched up” end. The next player must then match one end of the domino to part of the first tile. If the second player cannot match, the player must choose a sleeping domino.

In some dominoes games, players must add tiles to any line that is marked with a “L” or a “U”. If the tile is played in a right-angle, the layout can be made into a “T” or a “C” shape. The player who reaches the target score wins. In some variants, the number of rounds can be predetermined. In other games, players can play until the specified point limit is reached.

Some domino games are adapted from card games. A player can also play a solitaire game, a trick-taking game, or a concentration game. Players must agree on a target score before the game begins. Most games are fairly simple to play. They are also a lot of fun. There are also some amateur domino clubs that organize international competitions.

A number of variants of dominoes have appeared in the past few decades. Some of these games have been adapted from other types of games, such as poker or blackjack. Others have their own character. Some of these games are positional games, where players must block off an opponent’s dominoes. Other versions are more akin to card games, like Spades.

The first tile on the table is usually a double-six. Each player draws a set of seven tiles. These are shuffled and drawn by the player who is heaviest. The other players draw the remaining tiles. The tiles are then mixed and shuffled together. The next player draws the remaining hand.

The domino game was first known in Italy and France in the mid-18th century. It was introduced to England in the late 1700s. French prisoners of war brought the game to Britain. It spread to Europe and later to southern Germany and Austria. In the 1860s, dominoes were also introduced to the United States.