The Basics of Domino
Domino (from the French dominoe or the Italian domino) is a block-and-draw game for two to four players, played on a table with a set of eight, fifteen, or thirty-one tiles. The first player draws the lead, which is typically a double-six tile; each of the other players then draws at random the number of dominoes required for the game, usually seven.
The game was developed in Italy in the early 18th century, and quickly spread to Austria, Germany, and France. The name “domino” does not appear in any recorded literature before that time.
There are many variants of the game, but all games share a common format: each player draws seven dominoes and then plays from their hand. Unless otherwise specified, the remaining dominoes are placed face down on the table to be drawn later if the player is unable to play from their hand.
Each domino has a line through the middle that divides it visually into two squares, called ends. On the left side of each domino is a value (or spot or pip), and on the right side is a blank. The total number of pips in each end is the rank or weight of that domino.
Traditionally, European-style dominoes were made of bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (mother of pearl), ivory, or a dark hardwood such as ebony with contrasting black or white pips. Modern domino sets use a variety of materials, including wood, marble, and other artificial materials.
One of the most popular dominoes in Europe is the double-six. It is a standard domino for most Western games, and it can be found in most sets of dominoes.
Other popular dominoes include the double-four, the double-six, and the double-five. These dominoes are the basic rules of play for most western games, and they are often used in partnership play.
Some games also have a rule that if a domino has no matching values in the other player’s hand, the second player must choose another domino from their own boneyard to play instead. This pattern continues until all of the players have played from their hands or none of them can play any more.
The player with the most dominoes in their hand wins the game. The first player then plays the next domino, and so on until both players have played all their dominoes or one of them is still playing and the other has no more dominoes in their hand.
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