Domino is a game of skill where players try to clear their hands. The winner is awarded points based on the total number of pips left in the losing players’ hands.

Each player in turn places a domino on the table positioning it so that its matching ends touch each other. The result is a chain of dominoes that develops into a snake-line.


The domino game originated in China during the 12th or 13th century before it arrived in Italy around the 18th century. This European version developed into the modern game we know and love today. There are many different variations of the game, but most involve blocking your opponents’ hands or scoring points by laying a particular number of tiles in a row.

Domino sets can be made from a variety of materials. They can be solid or etched with pips. They can also be inlaid with bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (mother of pearl), ivory, or ebony. These sets often have contrasting color pips and are more expensive than polymer materials.

A traditional 32-piece set of dominoes contains one unique piece for each possible combination of two thrown dice, including blank faces. This differs from the 28-piece sets that were introduced in Europe during the mid-18th century.


There are many different games that can be played with domino, and rules vary from place to place. However, most games have similar and recognizable features.

Before a game begins, players shuffle the tiles face down on a flat playing surface and thoroughly mix them by moving them with their hands. This process is called shuffling and is the only way to guarantee that each player will draw a hand with equal number of tiles.

The player who draws the highest double goes first, and play proceeds clockwise around the table. Players may place a marker on their trains to prevent other players from adding to them. If a player cannot play from their train, they must draw from the boneyard until they can make a play.


There are many different domino games, and they can be played in a variety of ways. For example, the rules for the line of play may vary from one variant to another. In some games, such as 5s-and-3s and Muggins, the ends of a double are counted for scoring purposes, while in others, such as Matador and Bendomino, the end of a double can be blocked for geometrical reasons.

In the Draw game, players alternately extend a line of play with matching tiles. The line of play is interrupted when a player cannot play a tile or the stock runs out. The player with the highest number of dominoes left in his or her hand wins. A winning hand is complete when a player has played all the dominoes in his or her hand first.


Various materials have been used to make domino pieces over the centuries. The earliest were made of wood, bone, or ivory. Today, dominoes are predominately made of plastics and metals. Some are also made of high-quality wood. Others have a felt surface to keep the dominoes from scratching the table.

Domino is contraindicated in patients with abnormal functioning of the kidneys, electrolyte disturbances such as increased or decreased potassium and magnesium levels, congestive heart failure, or low heartbeat. It is also unsuitable for patients with galactosemia or lactose intolerance.

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The scoring system in domino is important to the game’s overall strategy. A player’s score in a hand is determined by the total number of pips on his opponent’s unplayed dominoes. This is usually done at the end of a hand, but can also be done throughout a hand.

A player can increase his score by playing a double that is a spinner, a domino with all four sides capable of being played. He may also increase his score by forming specific patterns such as capicu or matador, which add up to five or seven.

In addition, he can also win by making the ends of his opponents’ dominoes add up to a multiple of five. This is known as the Muggins Rule. This system allows players to play complex domino games with advanced strategies.