The Basics of Domino

Domino is a popular game that has been around for many years. It can be played alone or with partners. It is a strategy-based game that requires careful planning to win. A player has the most chance of winning if they play their dominoes correctly and follow the rules.

A domino is a flat thumb-sized rectangular block, either blank or bearing from one to six dots (called pips). 28 such pieces form a complete set. Dominos may be joined to form lines and angular patterns, or stacked to form towers of dominoes. The game is played by matching the open ends of dominoes and laying them down in order in a line or in an angular pattern. The game also involves scoring and a number of variations in the rules for scoring and determining the winner.

The domino is played by each player in turn, taking care to place it on the table in the correct position to connect with the previous tile and the next. The resulting configuration of tiles is called the layout, string, or line of play. Dominoes may be joined to this line in two ways: With the line of play, lengthwise; or across the line of play, crosswise. Stacks of dominoes may be built on top of each other to increase the height. In most games, doubles are played crosswise and singles lengthwise, except for the first play of a new set which must be a double if possible.

Each player draws the number of tiles he is permitted to take according to the rules for the particular game being played, adding them to his hand. He then plays a domino from his hand. If he cannot play a domino from his hand, he raps the table and play passes to the opposing player. If no player can lay a domino, the game is won by the player whose combined sum of spots on his remaining dominoes is the least.

Another scoring method in some games is to count the total number of pips of all the dominoes left in the losing players’ hands at the end of a hand or game and add that amount to the winner’s score. This method is sometimes employed when there are ties. Some games, however, require that the winners be determined by the number of pips on the highest pair of dominoes in each player’s hand.

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