The Basics of Dominoes


Originally a Chinese game, dominoes have been adapted for use in various countries worldwide. The game has appeared in the works of Chinese writers as early as 1602. In the 1860s, it made its way to America, where it became a fad. The game is played with a number of variations. These include scoring games, blocking games, and layout games.

The game begins with a platform of three or four dominoes. The first player draws a domino and places it on the platform. Next, the second player draws a domino and places it next to the first. The third player draws a tile and places it next to the first tile. In addition, he or she may place the tile to the left of a 6-6 tile. This is called a “to the left” play.

In some games, the doubles are placed cross-ways in the layout. If a player places two tiles with the same number on both ends, it is called a “stitched-up” end. However, in other games, the doubles are considered open. This means that there are no other tiles connecting the two ends.

The first domino played in the game is normally a double-six. This is the heaviest domino. The next tile is a six-five and the fourth tile is a five-five. The fifth tile is a six-six and the sixth tile is a ten-ten.

The domino chain is developed by random chance, depending on the playing surface. This means that the shape of the domino chain can vary greatly. For example, the chain may be oval, rectangular, or square. The chain shapes are also determined by the limitations of the playing surface. For example, the table may be too small to accommodate a double-21 domino set. For these reasons, the double-21 set is not recommended for most domino games. However, the double-15 set has 136 tiles, which would be appropriate for most games.

Dominoes were initially made of bone, ivory, or dark hardwood. Later, spinners were made, which attached a white ivory face to a dark ebony side. The spinners were intended to help keep the domino pieces from shifting around. The spinners were also used to make it easier to rotate the dominos.

There are also variations on dominoes, including games that involve scoring, blocking, or layout games. These include the Chinese game Tien Gow and Pai Gow. Also, Chinese dominoes do not have suit distinctions like European dominoes do. Some versions of dominoes require that both players chip out. Other games require players to place tiles on a specific pattern to achieve a certain number of points.

In some domino games, players are allowed to use a single tile. This is called a “Chicken Foot.” However, in the domino game variant, only a pair of 2s is allowed.

Players may also place the tiles in any direction they desire. In some versions of dominoes, the tiles can be joined to all four sides, forming an “L.” In these cases, the number of pips on each tile is added together, and the total is the weight. This number is usually awarded to the winner.