How to Play Domino
Domino is a tile game played with a variety of different sets. It can be played against one or three opponents, or by a single person. There are two basic types of domino games: a positional game and a trick-taking game. Both involve a set number of points. Most domino games involve scoring by awarding pips on the opponent’s tiles.
First, a player draws a hand of dominoes. The first tile drawn is normally a double-six. If a player is unable to find a matching double-six, he can draw a double-four or double-five. A second tile is also drawn.
This is done based on the heaviest hand. After a player has a set of seven, he will shuffle his or her hand. Each player will pick seven from the set to form his or her hand of dominoes. Before the game begins, the players will agree on the target score. They then take turns picking dominoes from the stock.
Players must then arrange their dominoes so that the ends of a single tile are adjacent. Once the line is completed, the players can add more tiles to the line. In some versions, the lines are arranged in an “L” shape, with the tiles positioned so that the number at the open end of the first tile is matched with the number at the open end of the next. Another type of game involves adding all of the tiles in a chain to the line. These are sometimes called “concentration” dominoes.
The players will then place their tiles on the table. The first domino is usually placed on the edge of the table. To determine the winner, the player must choose one of the six possible combinations. The winner is the partner with the least spots. Some games have a set number of points, such as 61, and the game ends when all of the points are scored. Occasionally, a number of tiles are left over, and these are the ones that the players will draw from.
If the number at the open end of a tile is the same as that of the other, it is said to have “stitched up” its ends. If there are additional tiles, the player may only play one against the long side of the double. One or two pips are added to the open end of the tile, and the other pips are flipped back over.
When a player has a match with another domino, the players play that domino. Each of the dominoes has a identifying mark on the side. For example, a double-nine is marked with a “6” and a double-five with a “5”. Other types of dominoes do not have marks. Depending on the size of the set, some tiles have Arabic numerals instead of pips.
Traditionally, European domino sets are made of bone, ivory, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell, or dark hardwood such as ebony. The game is popular in many regions, including Latin America. The game originated in France and Italy in the mid-18th century. By the 1860s, it was introduced to the United States.