How to Play Dominoes


Dominoes are tiles that are used for a game. These are usually marked with a line in the middle, a number on each end and a certain arrangement of spots on the other end. In this game, players take turns adding dominoes to a platform, which is a flat surface on which the dominoes are placed.

There are several variations of dominos, but the most common set is the double-18. This set is comprised of 55 tiles, ranging in size from 91 to 136. The tiles are traditionally made of ivory or dark hardwood. They are marked with a pattern of spots, a number on each end and pips along the other edge. Some versions of dominos also use Arabic numerals instead of pips.

Other versions of dominos do not require a player to match tiles. For example, some Chinese dominos do not have to be matched. However, it is important to note that these games differ from western dominoes in that there is no requirement for the players to add tiles to a layout.

Most games of domino involve a single player, but there are also three and five player versions. Before the game begins, players must agree on a target score. If one or more players reach the target score, then the game is over. Players can either play for a point or a double. Usually, players will score by awarding pips to the opposing players’ tiles.

The first player draws a tile and lays it face down in the middle of the table. This is the starting tile. The next player draws a tile and matches one end of the domino to a part of the first tile. Alternatively, the second player draws a tile and moves it randomly to the side.

The third player draws a tile and places it on the other end of the first tile, forming a horizontal or vertical line. Depending on the layout, the fourth and fifth tiles are played, resulting in open ends for the four and five.

Doubles are normally laid perpendicular to the line. Sometimes, they are laid across the line in a cross-way position. As a result, some games consider all four sides of a double to be open. In other games, a player can only play a tile against the long side of a double.

A domino is typically a square, two inches by two inches, and is typically thicker than other types of playing cards. One side of a domino is engraved with the numbers 0-6, with the other side being blank. To keep the domino from being ruined, it is protected by spinners. Spinners are generally metal, and are held in place by a bar that sits in the center of the dividing line.

The game of dominoes originated in Italy in the mid-18th century. French prisoners of war brought the game to Britain in the late 1700s. In America, the game began appearing in literature in the 1860s. Today, the game is popular in Latin America.