A Beginner’s Guide to Dominoes


The game of dominoes was first invented in the 11th century CE in China, but it was not until the later half of the eighteenth century that it gained international recognition. It was presented to Emperor Hui Tsung and soon after became popular in Europe. The game was also standardized and circulated throughout the world by imperial order. This made it easier to learn and play, and today it can be enjoyed by players of all ages.

The basic variant of domino is the block game. In this variation, each player draws seven tiles from a set of double-six tiles. Then, the players alternately extend the line of play. The winner scores points equal to the number of pip-counted tiles remaining in the loser’s hand. This is a very simple game to play, and is popular with young children. Regardless of how experienced you are, you will be able to find a game that appeals to you.

A single player begins the game by placing a tile face-up in the center of the table. The next player must match a portion of the first tile with one of the tiles in their hand. Some versions of domino allow players to join tiles to all sides of the line. If the first player has a double, the next player may add the second tile to the line. Players who do not have a double must draw from the unused tiles.

When Kennedy was assassinated, the United States used the domino theory to justify escalation of military presence in Vietnam. Unfortunately, the domino theory failed to account for the nature of the Viet Cong struggle. It assumed that Ho Chi Minh and his followers were mere pawns of communist giants. This could not have been further from the truth. The goal of the Viet Cong was to create a free state in Vietnam. The communists also wanted to spread communism around the world.

Another variant of the game is double-six dominoes, or “double-six” dominoes. Each domino tile has a different identifying mark on one side and is blank on the other. In a typical game, dominoes are two inches long, one inch wide, and 3/8 inch thick. This thickness is sufficient for a player to stand on an edge. Moreover, dominoes are very versatile and can be played with different groups of people.

Count dominoes are played in pairs or fours with the goal of reaching a certain number of points, usually sixty or 61. Each player has a hand of dominoes. The game begins with an open end. The player scores when they have matched one of the open ends. A total of pips is deemed a match and is divided by five or three. A player scores one point for every tile that matches a particular number of pips.

A traditional domino set contains one unique piece for each combination of two ends with zero to six spots. The highest-value domino, called a double-six, has six pips on both ends. Chinese sets usually include seven blank ends, while European versions have eight. This allows for a total of 28 unique pieces. A standard double-six set includes thirty-eight dominoes. A standard double-six set contains seven doubles and twenty-one singles.