The Basics of Domino


Domino is a game where players take turns to add dominoes to a platform. The player with the most number of pips on his or her tiles wins. Various domino games have different rules.

The game of dominoes was first invented in Italy during the 18th century. It was later brought to France and Britain by French prisoners of war. In the mid-18th century, the game began to become a fad in France.

Traditionally, European dominoes are made from bone or dark hardwood. The backs are usually blank. This may be done as a decorative feature. Some domino sets are made of mother of pearl oyster shell or silver lip ocean pearl. There are also dominoes that are painted or decorated. However, most are not.

To play a game of dominoes, the first player draws one tile from a set of six. These are then placed face down on the table. They must be in a certain way so that the number of pips on both ends of the chain match.

Before playing, the next player must put one of the ends of the domino against part of the first tile. This is sometimes called the chicken foot. When a player plays a domino with the same number on both ends, it is referred to as “stitched up.”

Before the players begin, they must agree on a target score. For example, if there are six players, the first person to reach the target will win the game. A number of rounds can be played until a predetermined point limit is reached. After the points are tallied, the winner is decided.

Usually, the game involves giggling and shouting. The first player lays the chosen tile in the middle of the table. Another player takes the next turn, which is either to the right or left of the 6-6 tile. If the first player chips out, he or she is done with the game.

Each player takes a turn, and tries to make the tower as stable as possible. Depending on the game, the first player makes the decision by drawing lots or by determining by the weight of his or her hand.

Normally, the game starts with a platform of 3 or 4 dominoes. One player moves the tiles in a random fashion. Players take turns adding more tiles to a line, or in the case of a domino game, a whole row. Until one player knocks out his or her opponent, the player in the other position can rap the table and block the opponent’s play. Once a player knocks out an opponent, he or she can lay the tiles on the platform.

The second player then chooses a tile, which is typically a high double. He or she then adds it to a line, and the rest of the tiles are laid out in an alternating pattern, creating the picture on the back of the domino.

Doubles are counted as one or two, depending on whether they are positioned on the same side of the chain as the player. Alternatively, they may be positioned cross-ways across the end of the chain.