How to Play Dominoes
Dominoes are a popular board game that is played all over the world. They are usually made out of wood, bone, or ivory. They are a bit larger than dice, and are about an inch wide and two inches long.
To play dominoes, a player must lay a tile on the table. The tile must touch one of the ends of the domino chain. If the end is open, the player can lay the next tile. In some cases, players only play a domino that has a number on one side of the chain. This type of game is called “block” or “draw” domino. It is a very simple game.
The goal of skillful dominoes is to reach a specific number of points. Typically, this is either 150 or 200. Points are awarded for every trick that is completed. Generally, the player who makes the most points wins. However, the number of rounds that are played is governed by the rules of the game.
Most dominoes games are designed to be played with a set of double-six tiles. These tiles are available in four different sizes. There are also two variations, which are commonly played: Block and Draw. Both variations have similar rules.
Block: Two players play with a double-six set. During the game, each player takes turns drawing seven dominoes from the stock. Each player’s hand is shuffled as the other draws. The player who drew first chooses the first domino to be placed on the table. Depending on the size of the set, this may be a single or a pair of tiles.
Draw: A variation on the block game, a “draw” domino is played by four players. Players are given a double-nine set. Traditionally, these pieces are made from dark hardwood such as ebony. Unlike Chinese dominoes, European sets have no suit distinctions. Instead of being marked with dots, these tiles are numbered with Arabic numerals.
If one player’s hand is empty, the other must play a sleeping domino. Normally, the second player has to pick a sleeping domino and take out all of the tiles in his hand before the first player can play. However, in some games, the second player chips out his tiles, leaving the first player with an empty hand.
Skillful dominoes are played in pairs, and the aim is to score as many points as possible. Usually, a player’s hand must be full of five or more tiles before he is able to knock a tile off the table. One point is scored for each total that is divisible by 5 or 3.
To play the game, players must decide on a target score. This is a decision that must be agreed upon before the game begins. Once the target score is determined, each round is played. When a player has completed all of the rounds, he is the winner.
Doubles are generally placed cross-ways in the layout, and if the double touches a tile, it is considered to have been touched by that tile. Some games will consider all four sides of a double to be open.