Dominoes are a family of tile-based games. They are rectangular tiles with two square ends, each marked with a number of spots. The object of the game is to match all the spots and get rid of all the tiles before the other player does. The game is played in teams of two or three players.
A domino set has a specific number of dominoes, often called a deck. One traditional Sino-European set has twenty-eight dominoes. A domino set has many variants and is used for many different types of games. You can even get a set with only one game, such as a variation of poker.
A domino chain begins when a player places a tile onto the table, positioning it so that it touches one of the end of the domino chain. Only one tile can be played next to a double; the others must be placed perpendicular to the double touching at the middle. A domino chain’s shape can be random, depending on the player’s whims, or it can be planned.
A traditional domino set contains a unique piece for each possible combination of two ends with zero to six spots. This is referred to as the double-six set. The highest value piece has six spots, while the lowest value piece has four spots on both ends. A double-six set has 190 dominos, meaning that every possible combination can be played with two sets of dominos.
The first mention of dominoes dates back to the Song dynasty in China, although the game was first recorded in Italy during the 18th century. Later, it spread to the United States and eventually the rest of the world. Its introduction to Italy may be due to Italian missionaries working in the region during the nineteenth century. They brought the game to Europe, and it became one of the most popular games throughout the world.
The basic game of domino has two players. Double-six sets are the most common. Each player draws seven tiles from the double-six set, and alternately extends their line of play. In the end, the winner of a domino game is the player who has the lowest number of remaining pip count in his losing hand.
In the 17th century, a Chinese game called pupai was known in China. It was called pupai by Zhang Pu, but was later changed to pu, but retained the same pronunciation. Today, traditional Chinese domino games include Tien Gow, Pai Gow, and Che Deng. During the 17th century, the earliest known domino set was thirty-two pieces. These pieces represent each face of two thrown dice. In the nineteenth century, a twenty-eight-piece set was discovered in the West.
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