Domino is a game played on a table or other flat surface. Players take turns adding tiles to a platform. The goal is to make the tower as stable as possible. Once the tower is stabilized, the player who has the least number of dominoes in his hand is the winner. It is possible to play several different variations of the game, but the basic rules remain the same.
To begin a domino game, players draw one domino each. After they have shuffled their tiles, they place them on the edge of the table. The first tile is usually a double-six. Afterward, the player draws another set of tiles. These are placed face down on the table. This set is usually called a deck.
The player then places the second tile to the right of the six-six. In a basic match, the first and fourth tile are vertically aligned, and the fifth is horizontally aligned. All the other tiles in the set belong to a suit. Specifically, the 0-1 and 0-3, 0-4 and 0-5, and 0-6 tiles all belong to the suit of zero.
Once all the tiles are on the table, the next player must match one end of the domino to a part of the first tile. If the first player is unable to do so, they can pick a sleeping domino and continue the game. Otherwise, the domino will run out of pips.
After a few rounds, the score is calculated as if both players have lost. Point limits are often 150 or 200, but can be predetermined before the game begins. Depending on the game, the total pips of both players’ hands is used.
If a player has a double, the number of pips on both sides of the domino is counted. However, some games consider all four sides of the double to be open. Typically, all pips on a domino are counted, while others only count the number of spots on each side.
If the player has a double, they are required to place their tile perpendicular to the double touching at the center. Additionally, the tile may be placed on the long side of the double. Some games also include a “chicken foot” rule, where the player cannot see the value of other player’s tiles.
Alternatively, the player can add additional tiles to the line. The goal is to find two dominoes that add up to 12. This can be a trick-taking version of the game. Another variation is called the Concentration game. With this game, a player must have a total of 12 pips on their dominoes before they can play.
Traditionally, the European dominoes are made from dark hardwood such as ebony. During the mid-18th century, they became popular in France. French prisoners of war brought the game to Britain. The domino game has since spread to Austria, southern Germany, Italy, and other countries.
Originally, the domino was a mask. Eventually, it came to be used as a term for the black and white hood worn by Christian priests in winter.