How to Play Dominoes


Domino is a tile game. It can be played in a group with friends and family, or it can be played alone. The rules are simple and it can be played almost anywhere. However, it may take some time to set up the game.

Before the game begins, all the players must agree on the target score. This can range from 5 points to 15 points, depending on the version of the game. Once the players have agreed, they can start laying out the tiles. One player chooses a tile to start with, and another draws a hand of 12 tiles. A third player adds two more tiles to a single line and then draws a hand of 11 tiles.

Each domino has a number on one end. Some dominos also have a line down the center. Players add or subtract a tile from any line. They must also match up the ends of a domino to part of the first tile. If the total of pips on both exposed ends of a domino is divisible by five, the player scores a point.

Dominoes are generally twice as long as they are wide. They can be placed on end in long lines, or they can be stacked on top of each other. Most dominos have an open end of four and a half and a closed end of six and a half.

Dominoes are usually made of wood, ebony, or ivory, though plastic is common. Traditionally, European style dominoes are made of dark hardwoods such as ebony. In the late 18th century, French prisoners of war brought dominoes to England. By the 1860s, dominoes had been introduced into American literature and became popular in many countries.

When a domino falls, it starts a chain reaction. As the domino travels across the table, the pips on both sides of it are counted. Sometimes, a domino may fall directly to the ground, or it may roll or tip over. For this reason, it is important to have a sturdy table.

The game of dominoes was first introduced in Italy in the early 18th century. After a few years, it spread to France. Later, the game was adopted in England.

Many games of dominoes have been invented. Some of them are adaptations of card games. Others are trick-taking or solitaire-style games. Regardless of the type, the game teaches hand-eye coordination, color recognition, and fine motor skills.

Some games of dominoes have a focus on a specific face or suit. These include Pai Gow, Tien Gow, and Che Deng. Other versions allow tiles to be inserted in all four sides of the domino. While some of these games have been called “domino games”, there is no universal definition of the term.

Besides playing a domino game with friends, families, and friends, you can also play with your computer. You can play with your favorite programs, or you can use a free online application to play against the CPU.