How to Play Dominoes


Domino is a variation of playing cards in which the pieces of the deck bear identifying marks on one side but are blank on the other. Each domino consists of two squares marked with a pattern of pips and spots. Some dominoes are blank while others have a single pips or spot on the outside. The object of the game is to match the pattern on each domino with that of another domino on the same turn.

Game pieces

Dominoes are small rectangular blocks that are sold in sets of 28. Each domino has a number of spots ranging from one to six. A few pieces are blank. While dominoes were traditionally made of bone, wood, or metal, plastic versions are available today. A player may use up to eight pieces to play a single game, or a combination of several games. In any case, dominoes are a fun and interesting way to spend an afternoon.

The rectangular “domino” tiles are the gaming pieces. A domino set includes 28 pieces in a standard size, though specialized sets may contain up to sixty-one. A standard domino set has six ends, while specialized sets may contain twelve, fifteen, or eighteen spots. A domino piece’s back is usually blank, although some are decorated with spots or pips. The pieces of domino can be shuffled and turned as they play, so it is crucial to know how to shuffle the game and which pieces are best to move.


Dots in irregular patterns, from 0 to 6, are found in small printable dominoes. Each set contains three dominoes, forming a sequence. If all three dominoes fall into the same row, the player scores points. This pattern has been used for centuries and continues to fascinate players. Here are some tips on playing dominoes. Here’s a brief description of each pattern.

Addition is the most common mathematical operation, and a task involving dominos is a fun and engaging way to reinforce this concept. Moreover, the task bridges the gap between symbolic representations and moveable manipulatives. Do not worry if you don’t have any dominoes; you can print them online and cut them out yourself. The dominoes are easy to make. Simply print out a domino-like image on colored construction paper and cut it out to create dominoes.


One of the most common questions a new player will have is what size domino should I get? Dominoes come in a range of sizes, so you can choose a size that works best for your table and your style of playing. You don’t necessarily need a one-inch-wide domino, but you should stick to the proper ratios. The table below shows some common sizes. Here are some other things to consider.

The tenon thickness should be at least 1/3 of the thickness of the wood you’re joining. This means you’ll want to go with a four-mm-thick tenon. The Festool Domino DF 500 is a good choice for smaller projects. The 8-mm-thick Domino XL is ideal for larger projects, or for large-scale productions. However, you should know that there are pros and cons to using domino tenons.

Number of pips

A game of dominoes is always played with a certain number of pips, which is called the ‘pip count’. In most games, the lowest pip count wins. In some games, the ‘pip count’ is determined by creating a house. In these games, the first ten points are marked with a large + and the next ten with an O. In these games, a house is equal to 50 points. To call ‘lock-down,’ you must first score in a multiple of five. If you pass the wrong number of pips, the other players’ pips will become yours.

One way to increase the pips is to use bent tiles in combination with straight tiles. For example, Figure 7D demonstrates the parallelism rule of SS5 but not the saturation rule of SS6. This rule would make it difficult to implement the parallelism rule with corner cells of tiles, and would not be very useful in playing dominoes. While some domino games don’t allow looping, many do. Some even offer bonus points for looping tiles.