The Basics of Dominoes


Known as dominos or cards, these small rectangular game pieces have been used in a variety of games. The word “domino” comes from the Latin word dominus. These pieces have an ivory or dark hardwood face and a line or arrangement of pips. Typically, they are twice the width of their length. They are usually shuffled and placed on a flat surface.

A domino game involves players taking turns placing tiles on the platform. The goal is to create a stable tower. When the tower falls, the game ends. If the tower is able to fall, the player who played the last tile is the winner. If the tower does not fall, the game is played again. Alternatively, players may take a turn adding tiles to any line.

A domino is a small, rectangular block with two groups of identifying spots on one side. The player who plays the first tile places it in the center of the table. The player who plays the second tile puts it to the right of the first, while the player who plays the third tile places it vertically. The fifth tile is a 5-5 and the sixth tile is a 6-6. The seventh tile is a 7-7. The eighth tile is a 9-8 and the ninth is a 10-9. The last tile is called the “domino” and the player who played it is the winner.

In the early 18th century, dominoes were introduced in Europe and England. Traditionally, they were made of bone or dark hardwood, such as ebony. They were also made of mother of pearl oyster shell or silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell. They were also introduced to England by French prisoners of war.

The number of pips on each domino is called the weight. For example, a tile that has five pips counts as a six-pip domino. There are many variations on the domino game, including the popular 42 and solitaire versions. Some of the games involve matching tiles, while others are trick-taking games. These games are generally played with four players, who are paired into teams. In each team, the team members do not count the number of pips in their own hand when calculating their total score. Regardless of which version you play, the goal is to make the tower stable. The team that reaches its target score wins the game.

A double-nine set of dominoes contains 55 tiles. A double-twelve set contains 91 tiles. A double-18 set of dominoes has 190 tiles. A double-21 set has 253 tiles.

Some games consider all four sides of a double open, while other games allow doubles to be placed crossways on the chain. For most domino games, a double-nine set is too large to use. However, it is often used for concentration games. In these games, the player must have a total of twelve points. In addition, the doubles are always placed in crossways across the end of the chain.