A Beginner’s Guide to Domino


Domino is a game that is played in pairs or fours. The goal is to reach a certain number of points, often 61. It is usually played in pubs and social clubs.

Dominos (also bones, pieces, men, tiles or cards) are long, flat rectangular blocks that represent the results of throwing two six-sided dice. They vary in length but typically are twice as wide as they are tall. In some variants, they have a line in the middle that divides them visually into two squares called ends.

One end of a domino has pips that are worth different values, while the other end is blank. These pips are also known as spots, and the value of either end is added together to form the total number of pips on the domino.

The game of dominoes was introduced to Europe in the early 18th century and quickly became a popular pastime. It first appeared in Italy, then spread to France and other European countries.

When playing a domino game, players attempt to knock down all the pieces of a domino chain by playing the corresponding tile. If a player misses, the opponent can play another tile on top of it. This player may do so only if the other opponent does not have the same tile in his hand as well.

A variation on this game is “5s-and-3s”. The goal is to reach the number of points in a round by attaching a domino from the player’s hand to one end of all those already played. The number of pips at each end is counted and then multiplied by 5 or 3.

Some domino sets extend the maximum number of pips on an end by three, which increases the unique combinations that can be made with these extra pips. These extra pips can be very useful for advancing the game or for increasing the score of an individual player.

In some games, players can choose to make the blank sides of a domino wild. In other games, they can only be matched with another tile that has an empty side.

Many people have a favorite domino set and use that to determine the order of play. This can make the game feel more exciting, even if it is only for a short period of time.

While playing dominoes, it can be easy to get carried away by the excitement and lose track of your opponents or yourself. This is particularly true when a new player comes into the game or when a group has just started playing.

The game of dominoes is a great way to relax and have fun with friends or family. It is also a good exercise in strategy and patience.

A common way to play is to start by picking a domino from the set, then using that to match an open end of another piece. This is called “setting.”

After this, each player plays the rest of the dominoes in their hand to see how close they come to completing the whole set. If they reach a point where there are no more matching dominoes left, the game is over and they will be eliminated.