The Basics of Playing Dominoes


A domino is a type of game played with a set of small, rectangular, tile-like blocks that is usually played between two or four people. The game is commonly played in Latin America. Some variants, such as the Western and Inuit games, use bones.

Depending on the version of the game, each tile in the set contains a number on each end. The goal is to place the tiles so that they touch a particular end of the domino chain. During the game, the player will move the tiles in a variety of ways and take turns adding or subtracting tiles to the layout. The first player to reach the target score is the winner. A double is counted as a single, and a double-blank is a combination of 0 and 14.

There are a wide variety of games that can be played with a domino. In the most basic game, the player draws seven tiles from a double-six set. Then, the players take turns placing the tiles on the table, which can be either vertical or horizontal. If the last player chips out, the play stops.

The next player will take the tile that was previously knocked out and play it. If it is a single, it is placed to the left of 6-6. If it is a double, it is placed perpendicular to the line of the overlapping tiles. The player must make sure that the end of the tile that was jumped to is adjacent to the open end of a tile that was played earlier. A player who plays a domino with the same number on both ends is called a “stitched up” player.

The most common domino size is around 2 inches by 3/8 inch. It is often made of bone or ivory. Traditionally, the pieces are dark hardwood such as ebony. A standard double-six set has 21 singles and 7 doubles. A double-nine set has 55 tiles. If you are looking for a larger set, you can also try the double-15 or double-18 sets, which have 136 and 190 tiles, respectively.

Most dominoes are designed to be used with a single die, though some are designed to be played with two. The most common domino set has a range of numbers from 0 to 6. Most domino sets contain a standard number of singles and doubles, and the set does not have any duplicates. However, there are some sets that allow tiles to be joined to all four sides of the board. In addition, some versions require both players to chip out their dominoes.

Other domino games are more positional. The player who is able to keep the tower from falling is the winning team. The game begins with a platform of three or four dominoes, and the players alternately extend the line of play. If the tower falls, the game is over. The player who wins the game gets to choose the next domino in the hand.