Domino – A Game of Chance and Skill


Domino is a game of skill and luck in which players use dominoes to form chains of numbers or shapes on surfaces, such as carpeted surfaces. A domino placed first begins the chain; subsequent plays continue it by following suit. At the end of a game, the winner is determined by who had amassed the most points; other variations include blocking games such as Matador or Mexican Train and scoring games like Bergen Muggins; Domino can also provide an enjoyable way to learn alphabets and numbers as well as improving hand-eye coordination!

Dominoes are rectangular pieces of wood or plastic marked on one side with spots, known as pips, that may range in value between six and zero; their total sum represents the value of each tile.

A domino has two sets of pips – one set is dominant, and one set supplementary. Each set is numbered from one to nine while its opposite pair (either upper or lower) contains 10-24 pips that must always match with those found on its counterpart (usually on top of another domino), though their values increase when placed upon another double domino; therefore the upper set is often known as lead and lower set as tail.

Most dominoes games involve emptying one’s hand or blocking opponents from playing their tiles, with others including scoring or blockers/duplicate card games that were popular in certain regions to circumvent religious proscriptions against playing cards.

Dominoes with one or more blank sides cannot be paired until all adjacent sides match both in number and pip count; sometimes these blank sides may even be considered wild in certain games and given any value chosen by players.

In a tie, one player may opt to “chip out” and pass his turn; however, sometimes play will stop due to no possible moves being possible; when this occurs, winners are determined by those whose combined number of pips remaining exceeds any given partner’s combined total of remaining hands.

Whoever enjoys creating domino art can use various pieces from a set of dominoes to form lines resembling pictures or walls using pieces arranged like domino tiles. Designs may feature themes like flowers, animals, landscapes or other scenes. Those looking for extra guidance when planning their domino art before beginning can utilize tools such as Domino Designer online tools for designing the desired structure and calculating how many pieces will be needed; when complete the finished domino art can be displayed proudly on walls across gaming communities for all gamers to admire and enjoy!