# What is Domino?

Domino is a game in which players match sides of dominoes. The number of points on a side determines how many others will fall. In addition, the number of tiles in a player’s hand determines how many he can play.

The heaviest tile is played first. Then, each player draws a domino from the stock.

## Rules

There are many different types of domino games and the rules vary from one game to another. However, most of the games share some basic rules that apply to all. For example, each player must take turns placing dominoes on the line of play, and each new domino must match the pips on its open end. The rules also state that doubles are played crosswise, and singles lengthwise.

The player who draws the heaviest domino will make the first play. If there is a tie, it is broken by drawing new dominoes from the stock. After each draw, the players seat themselves according to the domino they drew.

The players then place a domino face up in the centre of the table. If this domino matches a domino on the side, it forms a “train”. A train can be public or private. If a player can’t play, they put a marker on the train to prevent opponents from adding more tiles to their hand.

## Variations

Dominoes are made of a sturdy wood and come in various sizes. They are usually twice as long as they are wide and feature a line that divides the identity-bearing sides of the domino into two squares, with each side having an arrangement of spots, called pips, or blank. They may also have a color on one side or be engraved with a design.

The most common types of domino games are the Draw game and the Block game. Both of these games use a standard double-six set, but can be played with other sets as well. Most domino games are elaborations of these basic forms.

Some players choose to play a variation of the Block game that uses Mexican Train. In this variant, each player adds a tile to their train on each turn. If a player is unable to play a tile, they continue drawing until they find one that can be used. The player with the highest number of tiles in their train wins the game.

## Materials

Dominoes are small rectangular pieces of wood or plastic with dots resembling those on dice. Each domino set contains 28 tiles, with 6-6 to 0-0 markings. These can be used to play a number of different games. Some sets include colored dots, making it easier to match them together.

The most common materials for dominoes are wood and plastic, but some are made of other exotic materials such as marble or granite. Many sets also feature painted pips, which make them easier to identify. These are often a bit more expensive than the basic wooden ones.

Among the most popular domino brands are those from Maria Lamping. These are smoother and more consistent than most other brands, making them well-suited for building lines and fields. They also have a slightly rough surface to improve gripping. They are also less expensive than other brands and come in a variety of colors. These advantages make them a good choice for large domino structures.

## Scoring

Dominoes are a game played with the intention of blocking your opponent and scoring points. Normally, the first player to score a hand wins. Occasionally, the game is tied and scored as a draw. This occurs when the losing players cannot play anymore tiles from their hands and must draw from the boneyard.

The scoring system in domino is simple. Each domino is marked with a number from one to nine and each time the sum of those numbers is divisible by five or three, the player scores one point. If the first domino played is a double, it becomes a spinner and additional points are added for each subsequent domino played on its end.

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