How to Play Dominoes


Originally called domine, the term “Domino” referred to a mask, a cape or hood worn by Christian priests during winter. In France, the word was first used to refer to a hooded masquerade costume. After its appearance in Italy and France, it spread throughout Europe and England. It also spread to South Germany, Austria, and Latin America.

Dominoes are small, rectangular pieces that have an arrangement of pips on one side. These pieces can be made from many different materials. The traditional European domino set was made from mother of pearl oyster shell or dark hardwood such as ebony. However, dominos are now made from many different types of materials including plastics, wood, and stone. Often, high-end wood dominoes are hand-crafted by artisans. They are often highly decorated and are considered works of art. They are also quite expensive because of their artistry.

Most dominoes are one inch wide and two inches long. Depending on the game, these pieces can be placed in any direction. They are also half as thick as they are wide. This allows them to stand on one side without falling over. In order to play a domino, players must place it so that two matching ends are next to each other. If there is a blank face, it is not played.

Each domino has an identifying mark on one side. The first player chooses a tile and lays it face up in the middle of the table. The next player must then match one end of the domino to part of the first tile. When both players are able to do this, the game begins. If the next player cannot place the domino, he or she must choose a sleeping domino.

Once the game is complete, the player who has the least number of dominoes in their hand wins. Depending on the type of domino game played, the winner may need to strategize for a bloated hand. Some variations of the game have a time limit per turn. If a player exceeds the time limit, he or she is penalized by drawing a tile from the unused tiles.

Depending on the rules, the first player may choose to draw one or two dominoes. The first tile drawn is usually double-six. The second tile played is usually 6-5, but it can also be to the right of 6-6. The third tile is usually vertical. The fourth tile is usually 4 and 5. The fifth tile is usually 5 and 5. The sixth tile is usually 6-6.

A game of dominoes can be played with any number of players. A game with six players would start with eleven tiles, a game with seven players would start with ten tiles, and a game with eight players would start with nine tiles. However, a game with three or four players usually starts with a double-nine or double-twelve set. These sets are very good for games with higher player counts.