Often played as a two player game, dominoes can also be played with three, four or five players. Before starting the game, players must decide what their target score will be. If the player is able to reach the target, then he or she is the winner. Alternatively, a team is formed with each player taking a certain number of dominoes.
The standard double-6 set consists of 28 tiles. These tiles are composed of 7 doubles and 21 singles. The set’s number is marked on one side of each tile. Unlike Chinese dominoes, European dominoes do not have any suit distinctions. However, there is a concentration variant which requires players to count the total number of pips in their hand. If a player does not have enough pips to reach the target number, then he or she cannot play.
Playing dominoes is not difficult if you know the rules and tricks. In a basic game, each player draws seven tiles. The first tile played is usually a double-six. The second tile is a six-five, and the third is a five-five. These tiles must be played perpendicular to the double touching at the middle. The fourth tile is a four and a five.
When playing dominoes, the players must place each tile so that it touches one end of a chain. If the player cannot place the domino, he or she can pick one that is sleeping. If the domino is sleeping, the player must play it when his or her turn arrives. If the player does not play the domino, the other player can chip the domino.
The first player determines the heaviest hand. If the player’s hand contains more dominoes, then he or she can take more dominoes. However, the other players can see how many tiles are in the hand of the first player. During the game, the players take turns adding dominoes to the platform.
Dominoes are typically scored by awarding pips to the other players’ tiles. In some versions, the player who has the least spots on his or her dominoes wins. In other versions, the players must chip out one domino to gain a point.
Dominoes are a variation of the game spades. During play, the player who is closest to the target number on the table, but has the least spots on the domino, wins. In some versions, the player who has the least spots on his or her dominoes must chip out the other dominoes to win. In other versions, the player who has the least spots on his or her dominoes must chip out the other dominoes to gain a point. In other versions, the team players must chip out the other dominoes to gain a point.
A player can play only one domino from each double. If the player has played a domino with the same number on both ends, then he or she is said to have “stitched up” the ends.