Domino, short for dominie, is a game that is popular throughout Latin America. Players take turns adding and removing dominoes from a platform. The winner is the player who reaches a set number of points. This type of game is most commonly played in pairs, although it can be played in teams of four.
Dominoes are similar to playing cards in that each is a rectangular tile that is marked with a number and a few pips on each end. Some of them have a “back” or blank side, but most are colored and marked in a similar fashion. There are several different types of dominoes, including Chinese, European, and American.
Originally, each domino was a result of throwing two six-sided dice. These games, which originated in China, were eventually imported to Europe and the United States. In the mid-18th century, the game began to spread from Italy to France. By the 1860s, the game appeared in American literature. Eventually, the game was introduced to England. It is thought that prisoners of war brought the game to Britain.
In order to play the game, each player takes turn picking dominoes from a set of seven. The player who picks first gets to play the first domino. Typically, the domino that is chosen is a double-six.
Before playing, the tiles must be shuffled. Each player then draws a hand of seven. They are then placed face down on a flat surface. A line is drawn in the middle of the table.
First, the tiles are arranged in a pattern. For instance, a single-six tile is paired with a four-six, a two-six is paired with a six-six, and so on. As the set grows, determining the pips becomes more complicated. When the set has been shuffled, players can see how many tiles are in their opponents’ hands.
When a player has selected all of the tiles in their hand, they are then able to shuffle the remaining tiles to create the next hand. The player who shuffled last can then draw from the remaining tiles. If the next hand is not chosen from the same set, the player has to pick seven from another set. Alternatively, the player may shuffle the tiles from their own set, or they can draw from a combination of the two.
Each time the hand is shuffled, the player must then choose a domino from the set. Depending on the version, the dominos can be laid in a variety of ways. Sometimes, the tiles are placed in a cross-ways layout. Another type of layout involves them being placed in an “L” shape.
After a hand is played, the player can knock on the table to signal the other player to play a domino in their turn. Once the next player has played a domino, he can then knock. But, he cannot do this if the tile he is playing has an open end. To do this, he must place the tile so that it is perpendicular to the double touching at the center.