How to Play Dominoes


Dominoes are a popular game with many variations, most often played in pairs and fours. The traditional set of dominoes is called a double-six set, and it has 28 unique pieces (two ends with zero to six pips).

The tiles are arranged on a board, and play begins by picking one domino from each hand, placing it edge to edge against the first domino. The second domino must be positioned so that its two matching sides touch fully and cross-ways across the first domino’s face. The chain continues in this way, and the number of consecutive pips on each tile – or total number of tiles – determines the score.

There are also games of skill, where players aim to match a specific number of pips on an open end and to be the first to reach a certain total in a round. The player who reaches this total (or is the first to empty their hand) wins.

A domino is a rectangular tile whose identity-bearing faces are divided into two equal parts by a line or ridge, and each piece bears identifying marks. The pips on the tiles are referred to as “spots” or “pips”.

In European dominoes, the military and civilian suits differ, with each tile having one of those suits printed on it. Chinese dominoes, which are similar to European sets, do not have this distinction.

Most dominoes are square or rectangular, and the sides of each tile are marked with a series of pips. These pips are labeled by their number and position on the tile. The highest-value piece in a standard domino set is a “double six”; it has six pips on each side.

The game is played in pairs or fours with each player having a hand of seven dominoes. The players take turns drawing dominoes from the stock until a single domino is picked that matches the opening domino in any player’s hand.

If no match can be found, the next heaviest double in any player’s hand is called. This is referred to as the “opening double.”

After the opening double is played, the rest of the players pick up seven dominoes from the stock for their hands and begin play. The game is finished when one of the players has emptied their hand or when all the remaining dominoes have been played and no more legal plays remain.

While he wasn’t quite as skilled with a tool as Hevesh, Nick developed a method of making dominoes that was simple and affordable. He used the tools in his grandmother’s garage, including a drill press, radial arm saw, scroll saw, belt sander and welder.

It took him several hours to complete each domino, but he eventually created a beautiful set of wood dominoes using his skills and the tools in his grandmother’s garage. He eventually sold his creations to domino stores, where they became a hit with families and friends.

The simplest of his designs was a straight line, and the most elaborate included curved lines that formed pictures when the dominoes fell. He also developed an innovative way to create a chain reaction by bending each tile in a 120-degree curve, which allowed them to be stacked vertically or horizontally in three-dimensional structures. He was the first person to do this with dominoes, and his work has been exhibited around the world.