The Basics of Dominoes
A game of dominoes is similar to the traditional game of poker in that it involves matching tiles. The dominoes are typically double-sided and feature identifying marks on one side. On the other side, they are blank. Some dominoes have a number of pips or spots on their sides, while others are completely blank. This variation is also known as block domino. If the top three tiles match, the winner receives the highest score.
The rules of this game are simple: players play by playing a tile onto the table, placing it so that it touches the end of a domino chain. The player who plays a tile with a number on one end is said to have “stitched up” the ends of the chain. The winner of a domino game is the first player to reach the designated score. The game may be played by two or more people.
In the Draw Game, players take fewer dominoes at the start of the game. In order to place a domino, they must pick a sleeping domino. Sleeping dominos become available when players cannot place a domino. In a two-player game, each player would start with seven dominoes, three players would start with five, four players with four, and so on. Each player would then take a turn, aiming to build the tower as high as possible.
The word “domino” is an archaic name for domino. It originally meant a long, hooded cloak or cape worn by priests. Some dominoes were made with ivory faces and ebony blacks. It is unknown who brought dominoes to Europe, but it is likely that Italian missionaries brought the game back to Europe. It has since become an immensely popular game in the Western world.
The rules of the game vary, but the basic principle remains the same. Dominoes must be played so that the two ends of a chain are adjacent to one another. They can be played in any direction, but doubles are always placed cross-ways and straddle one end of a chain. Doubles are also the exception to this rule, as additional tiles must be placed against the long side of a double. Sometimes, doubles are referred to as snake-lines or blank dominoes.
In the early eighteenth century, dominoes made their way to Europe. The first European domino sets were discovered in Italy. This change in culture led to modifications in the game. Instead of a “Class” domino set, there were seven additional dominoes added, resembling the six values of a single die throw, a blank-blank (0-0).
To play domino, you need two players, a double-six set, and a boneyard. The dominoes are then shuffled and face-down on a table. Each player has seven dominoes. One player starts the game by playing a domino in the middle of the table. The player to the left must match the end of the first domino and place the same tile on the next side.