How to Play Dominoes


Dominoes can be a great way to have some family fun. You can try a few simple games to get the hang of it. The most important thing is to play strategically.

A player begins the game by drawing a domino from the stock. This tile is then placed edge to edge with another domino forming tallying numbers.


In the most basic form, domino is a blocking game in which the objective is to empty one’s hand while blocking the opponent’s. At the end of a round, players are awarded points based on the total value of the individual dominoes left in their hands, rounded to the nearest multiple of five. The first player to an agreed-upon number of points wins.

Players draw dominoes and place them on-edge before the start of play. This ensures that all players can see their tiles and that the numbers of the eyes on the dominant dominoes match. This also helps the players to make informed decisions about which tiles to play.

Each player has 15 seconds to play a domino from the boneyard. If a player goes over this limit, they must inform the UDL Official and stop play. A slow play penalty will be imposed on the offending player. Bogus plays are not allowed. They must be called by the player who spotted them.


There are many different types of domino sets. Some are cheap and made from inexpensive wood and others are more expensive and made from quality materials. These sets can be used by kids for fun or can be considered works of art. Some even have a beautiful wood finish that makes them attractive decorative items.

There are also a number of different rules for domino games. Some are blocking games while others are scoring games. Blocking is a game where the goal is to empty your opponent’s hand while blocking their plays. Typically, the first player to do so wins.

The Draw Dominoes game is similar to the Block Dominoes game but has some important differences. Players start with seven dominoes in their hands and must take turns placing domino halves end to end. They score points whenever all of the exposed ends add up to a multiple of five. The other significant difference is that the players must play all of their dominoes before their opponents can do so.


Over the years, dominoes have been made from various materials. Most of them are cheap and made of wood while others are high-quality pieces that command a higher price tag. These are usually considered works of art.

Traditionally, dominoes are rectangular-shaped and have a line across the center that separates it into two square halves. Each half is marked with an arrangement of spots, or pips, like those found on dice, while the other side is blank or has a different pattern.

Dominoes entered Europe in the 18th century through French prisoners-of-war who carved sheep or cattle bone to make them. They were later replaced with a harder material, tagua nut, which can almost pass for ivory. Today, dominoes are made from a wide variety of rigid materials. The most popular are plastics and metals. Foam and stone are specialty options, but less common. These are typically available in department stores. The most common color combinations are white dominoes with black pips and black dominoes with white pips.


The scoring system in domino varies according to the game being played. Some games award points based on the value of each player’s remaining tiles, while others use a different method. In most cases, players subtract the value of their opponents’ dominoes from a set number rounded to the nearest multiple of five to determine the winning player or team.

A chain of dominoes is formed when one tile touches the exposed end of another, with the resulting sequence developing a shape determined by the arrangement of the tiles on the table. Dominoes with matching ends (such as a double four touching a double two) are then laid adjacent to each other, creating a snake-line that grows across the table.

Other doubles are then placed at right angles to the chain, allowing play to progress off both sides of the first double, known as the spinner. A player can choose to place tiles either endwise or sidewise, depending on the rules of a particular game.

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