# What is Domino?

Domino is a game that requires skill and strategy. The game can be played alone or with others. It is a great way to teach kids about colours and numbers.

A player draws the number of tiles he is permitted to take according to the rules of the particular domino game being played. Any surplus tiles remain face down in the stock and may be byed (See “Passing and Byeing” below) later in the game.

## Rules

Domino is a game that requires thinking and calculative skills. In addition, the game can improve a child’s spatial awareness and color recognition. It also develops hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

The most popular domino games include the “standard block” game and the draw game. Each player draws seven tiles from a double six set and begins the line of play. Players then alternately extend the line with one matching tile at each end. The game ends when a player is out or the stock of tiles runs out.

The winner of the previous hand starts the new hand. However, a domino table can be created with a non-default option titled ‘rotated start’ that randomizes who will play first each hand. In this case, the highest double starts. If the hand is blocked, then the starting player is determined by summing up the exposed ends of the dominoes that are touching. A player scores a point every time the pips on both ends of a domino add up to a multiple of five.

## Variations

There are many variations of domino, with different rules and scoring systems. Typically, the game is played in rounds with players scoring based on the number of dominoes they hold at the end of their turn. The player with the lowest score wins after several rounds.

Dominoes, also known as bones, cards or men, are normally twice as long as they are wide. Each one features a line in the middle that visually divides it into two square ends, each with a value indicated by dots or spots. The value of a domino is the sum of its values on both sides.

Usually, each player must play a domino onto the table positioning it so that it touches an exposed end of another domino that is already in the line of play. This formation of tiles is called the line of play. Each time a player plays a tile, the dominoes in the line of play must match its end value. A double tile that has matching open ends is known as a spinner and allows the line of play to branch.

## Materials

Dominoes are small rectangular blocks that can be used in a variety of games. They are also known as bones, cards, pieces, or men and have been made from a wide range of materials over the centuries. Today, dominos are mostly mass-produced in plastic and wood. However, there are some specialty sets available in metal and stone.

Each domino has a face that is divided into two squares, and each half has an arrangement of dots called pips. The number of pips on each side is the value of the domino. If there are no pips, the domino is blank or zero.

In the past, domino sets were made from bone or carved ivory. Nowadays, they are most commonly made from heavy plastic. There are many different colors and designs, and some sets are crafted by a true craftsman. These handmade dominoes are a work of art and often have hefty price tags. They can make a great gift for someone who loves to play with dominoes.

## Scoring

Dominoes are a very popular game worldwide. They have a simple set of rules and are easy to learn. They can be played on a variety of surfaces and in many different ways. The most common variant is the ’block’ game, which uses a double six domino set.

Depending on the variation, players may draw one domino to determine who plays first. A player who draws the highest double must play it before another player does. When no more tiles can be played, the players score their hands by subtracting the value of their domino tiles from the value of the opponent’s hand.

The advantage of this scoring system is that it allows players to count the outstanding dominoes and make a plan for the next hand. However, beginners often have difficulty calculating this in their heads. This can lead to a mistake in counting the dominoes. For this reason, it is important to practice the scoring system beforehand.