Dominoes – How to Play

Dominoes is an example of a tile-based game played using large plastic dominoes, also called domino sets. Each domino is usually a square tile with a flat, rectangular side divided by a thin line, hence its name. It has nine different faces which, when turned over, give us nine new sides with each one occupying a single slot on the board. Each side of the board is blank or marked with an X. Some sets do not have any divots in their squares. The aim of the domino set player is to knock all of the domino sets out of their allocated positions and into the hole provided at the bottom of the playing area.


dominoes are played in an alternating fashion, whereby each player gets three turns each, and at the end of this time, one domino is turned over and new domino sets are put into play, in an alternating fashion, i.e., the first player gets the first turn, then the second player gets the second turn, and so on. dominoes are a very simple game to learn and play, even for those who have little or no experience at all, and many experts feel that it is because the rules allow the players to learn the game at their own pace, without being overly anxious or hurried about getting it right the first time. Dominoes are played best with at least one other person, but if you want to play it by yourself there is no greater pleasure than when you see your effort paying off.

Dominoes are played on a table made from a hardwood or other suitable surface. A standard sized domino set consists of forty-six separate pieces (naturally all of which are unique in shape and size), and these pieces can be used in a multitude of ways, including scoring points and knocking over other pieces. Domino sets can also contain two extra domino pieces which, in addition to acting as knock-outs, can be flipped over and become another piece. This allows a player to effectively double his or her initial score, and the possibilities are almost endless. Dominoes, as with most games of chance, are based on probability, and the overall value of a hand depends upon how well each of its constituent dominoes are paired with other similar dominoes of the same rank. Once a player has decided on the strongest pair of dominoes, he can proceed to select the next best pair and so on, until the whole stack of domino cards is exhausted.