What Is Domino?


A domino is a small rectangular wooden or plastic block featuring one face with identifying marks, while its opposite face may be blank or marked by dots similar to dice. Dominoes may be used in games whereby their alignment forms an endless sequence of numbers or points.

Domino is available in various forms, each having unique or similar rules that may differ depending on where it’s played; these regulations often vary between countries as do names of various games; this could be because different people play it under various names or there could be regional variances when it comes to how it’s played.

Commercially available domino sets typically fall into two categories – double six and double nine sets are the most frequently seen domino variants; larger sets can also be found for use by groups larger than four players and players who like playing longer games.

There are numerous domino games that can be played with a set of dominoes, but most fall into four general categories: bidding games, blocking games, scoring games and layout games. In the latter category, scoring points means laying dominoes end to end in a line that touches each other (one touches one, two touches two etc) so as to score multiples of five when possible – which awards points back to the player who placed the initial domino.

As its name implies, domino can be played by several people in a group and is highly competitive. Usually, the person who first plays domino has an edge over their fellow players as they will have made their first move and can influence how other players act and react. Over time, however, players become familiar with one another’s styles and strengths so they are better at planning their moves accordingly.

An overdraw is defined as when a player draws more tiles for their hand than they are allowed, which must then be returned without examination to the stock. Reshuffle of the deck before drawing another hand occurs.

Sometimes dominoes become blocked so that no player can make another play; when this occurs, a deadlock must be declared and play must cease. Sometimes this means counting the total number of pips on exposed ends of lost players’ tiles at the end of a game; other times the victor’s score depends on his total number of pips and count of tiles held during a hand or game.

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