How to Play Dominoes


Unlike playing cards, which can be played in any direction, dominoes are only played in a straight line. To play, players draw a tile from a stock of seven and then move the tile to the table. Then, players alternately extend the line of play. The player with the highest score wins the game.

There are many different types of domino games. These include the Mexican train, matador, and chicken foot. A few games are played in pairs, such as the two-player block game. Others are played in teams, such as the four-player 42 domino game. Most of these games are played with a double six domino set. Other games require larger sets, such as the double nine set. These sets are used for many of the new party games that are popular these days.

In some versions of dominoes, the player who plays a domino with the same number at both ends is said to have “stitched up” the ends. In other versions, the player is not required to match the tile with a certain number to any other domino. In any case, the player’s score is based on the total number of pips in the open end of their dominoes.

The “standard” domino game, also known as the “block” domino game, is the simplest and most popular domino game. In the game, the players take turns picking seven dominoes from a stock of ten tiles. The player who draws the last hand is then the first player to play a domino.

The first tile played is typically double six. The second tile is a 6-5. The third tile is a 4-6, and the fifth tile is a 5-5. The fourth tile produces an open end of four and five. In other games, the fourth tile is a 5-6. These tiles can be used as either doubles or singles, depending on how they are laid.

When playing doubles, the pips are laid perpendicular to the line that divides the two square halves of the domino. In other games, all four sides are open, meaning the player can play additional tiles only against the long side of the double. In some versions, the tiles are drilled, or painted, and can be joined to all four sides of the domino.

The second tile is played to the right of the first tile. The third tile is played vertically. The fourth tile produces an open end of 4 and 5, and the fifth tile is a 5-5.

In most versions of the domino game, the number of spots is the same for both players. When a player loses a hand, their score is the number of pips remaining in their hand. For instance, if a player loses a hand, and has five pips left in his hand, his score is 35 points. If he has a double, he receives a bonus of seven points.

In some versions of the domino game, a player is required to chip out both of his and her partners’ tiles. The player’s score is based on the number of pips left in his or her hand, and the number of pips left in the hand of the player who is losing.