Domino Basics

Domino is a game in which players lay tiles end to end, normally in a line, to create an intricate design. These tiles have a value (known as dots or pips) on each of two ends.

Once the dominoes are shuffled, each player draws one from the stock and makes the first play. Rules for scoring vary from game to game.


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In domino games, players take turns placing a domino in a line on the table and joining it to matching ends of other dominos. The game continues until someone plays all of their dominoes and is declared the winner.

A number of variants exist, including the Mexican Train variation in which players can add to each other’s domino trains. Other variations allow for the use of extended domino sets, which have additional ends to increase the number of possible combinations of pips on each end. The most common extended set is double-nine, but larger sets are available. These include double-12, double-15 and double-18, the latter of which is the maximum in practice.


Dominoes are small rectangular blocks, twice as long as wide, with a ridge down the middle to separate them into two square halves. One half is blank and the other bears an arrangement of dots, or pips, that resemble those on dice. There are 28 such domino pieces in a standard set. These small blocks are also known as bones, pieces, men, or stones.

In the 19th century, tinplate and basic aluminum became popular materials for domino manufacture. This was followed in the 20th century by plastic made from petroleum.

While the material a domino is made from doesn’t necessarily matter to amateur players, it can make a difference for some games. For example, a felt surface is best for playing dominoes because it protects the back and faces of the tiles from scratches. These games require skill and precision and are great for developing hand-eye coordination. They are also a fun way to pass the time and relax.


There are many different variations of domino that are played. They can be either blocking games, where the objective is to empty one’s hand of tiles, or scoring games, where the aim is to make the sum of the pips on the opponents’ remaining dominoes as large as possible. In a partnered game, the players’ scores are added together.

Dominoes are rectangular tile-like objects with a line or ridge in the middle that divides them into two squares. The dominoes have a pattern of dots on one side and are blank or identically patterned on the other. Each domino has a value of a certain number of spots or pips that determines its rank, also known as its weight.

All players draw a designated number of dominoes from the stock, or bone yard, and then put them on-edge in front of them. This way, players can see the value of the tiles they have drawn, but their opponents cannot.


Dominoes are marked with two square ends, each end having a number from zero up to six. A domino may be used as a single tile, or in chains. A chain consists of any number of ends and each end has a value which is the sum of the values of the other ends in the chain. When playing a scoring game like 5s-and-3s, each time a player places a tile on an end of a chain, the values of both ends are added together to form a total score.

The winner is determined when all rounds have been played and one player has emptied his or her hand of tiles. The total score is then divided and the winning player gains points equal to that number. Scoring methods vary from game to game, but generally the accumulated numbers in opposing hands are tallied and added to the winner’s score. Some games also count the pips left in the losers’ hands after each round.