How to Play Dominoes


Unlike playing cards, which are played by placing the tiles on the table, dominoes are played by removing tiles, usually in strategic moves. There are a variety of domino games, such as trick-taking, positional, and solitaire. They can also be played with a number of different domino sets, which vary in size and color. Typically, dominos are divided into two squares, or “faces.” One side of the tiles is marked with a specific arrangement of spots. These spots are painted and uniformly molded, while the other side is blank. In most games, the number of spots represents the value of the side. Some dominoes have numbers printed on the back.

Before the game begins, players agree on a target score. The winning team is the one with the least number of spots on the dominoes. If this happens, the winner can play the first domino that is in their hand. If the target score is not reached, the loser continues to play until he or she reaches it. If the loser reaches it before the other player, the winner is determined by the sum of the pips remaining in the losing player’s hand.

To play domino, players take turns turning over two tiles at a time. If a player is unable to play a tile, they “knock,” contacting the tile with their hand. If a player knocks, they forfeit their turn. If a player knocks, the other players do not have a turn until they knock as well. However, unnoticed misplays are considered part of the game.

The game of domino was first introduced in Italy in the early 18th century, and it spread to France and Austria by the end of the century. The game was also introduced to Britain in the late 18th century, probably through French prisoners of war. In the mid-18th century, dominoes began to appear in American literature. In 1889, the game began to spread worldwide.

Players begin the game by placing dominoes on the table. The first tile is usually a double-six, and the second and fourth are either 6-6 or 5-5. These tiles are then arranged so that one of the matching ends is to the left of the 6-6 and the other is to the right of the 5-5.

After the first round, players take turns picking dominoes from stock. Each player draws seven tiles from a double-six set. During the game, each player is shuffled. Then, the last player draws a hand from the remaining tiles. If the remaining tiles add up to twelve, then the players keep the tiles they have. If they do not add up to twelve, the player turns the tiles back. This leaves the tiles face down and ready for another player to draw.

Players then take turns placing their dominoes in the appropriate direction. In some versions of dominoes, a tile may be placed vertically, while in others, a tile may be placed at right angles. In some games, the tiles can be placed on any line.