The Basics of Domino
Domino is a variation of the game of playing cards. Rather than using a deck of cards, players use a hand full of dominoes. This allows them to play more than one tile in a single trick. In the most common domino game, each player’s hand contains seven tiles from a set of double-six tiles. The game is played in pairs, with the goal being to reach a specific number of points. However, there are many different versions of domino games that involve players taking turns adding and removing tiles from the board. These games include Mexican train, chicken foot, and matador.
Traditionally, European-style dominoes are made of dark hardwood, such as ebony. During the 18th century, dominoes spread from Italy to France and eventually to Britain. They were introduced by French prisoners of war who brought them with them to England. By the 1860s, they were popular in the American literature.
Most domino games fall into the category of blocking games. Each player takes turns drawing a certain number of dominoes from the stock of tiles. They then play a certain number of tiles in a given round. After the round ends, the players shuffle their dominoes and draw another hand of bones.
A domino chain is a series of dominoes laid perpendicular to the line and connected by other dominoes. The shape of the chain depends on the limitations of the playing surface. For example, a chain shaped like a triangle would require each side to be vertical, while a chain shaped like an “L” requires each side to be horizontal. Depending on the particular game, these shapes can be random or can be based on the preferences of the player.
To start a domino game, each player draws a set of seven dominoes. The first player places his tile in the center of the table, and then the second player does the same. Alternatively, the players can place the tiles in any direction, except to the right of the 6-6 tile.
Then the next player plays his tile. The heaviest double, in the suit of the current hand, is played. If the first player does not have a double, then he can play the heaviest domino in the suit of the other hand. Otherwise, he must take the next heaviest domino in the suit. When the hand is completed, the next player must choose a domino from the stock.
The next player can only play a double if the first player has an open end on his or her domino, and if the first player has two pips at the other end, then the player has a double. Often, the double is placed cross-ways in the layout.
The last player chips out, which is a term for the player who has fewer spots on his or her domino than the other players. If a player chips out, he or she is out of the game.
Players can also play with a single tile if the first player has an open end and a number at the other end of the domino. In some games, these dominoes are known as “stitched up” ends.