The Basics of Domino


The game of domino is one of the family of tile-based games. The tiles are rectangular with two square ends, each marked with a number of spots. When playing the game, the player’s aim is to eliminate the dominos with more spots than they have spaces. In this article, we will discuss the basics of the game, its rules, and the different variations. We’ll also talk about variations in the draw game. The game is a fun way to exercise strategic thinking and to have a competitive spirit.


The Origin of Domino is shrouded in mystery. Although the game was first played in China as far back as 1120 AD, some historians claim they have discovered evidence linking the game to the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Chinese. Dominoes first made their appearance in the 18th century, when they were brought to Europe by trading routes from Asia. From there, they spread to Europe and America, and eventually became popular in Britain.

Game variations

As varied as the players are, game variations in domino are as plentiful as the tiles. One variation of domino is the matador game, which requires players to match dominoes of equal value. Another is the double-twelve game, in which players try to match as many pips on each of their dominoes as possible. In each of these games, players try to match as many of their tiles to their opponent’s.


The Rules of Domino are very simple for even a complete novice. The object of the game is to collect as many pairs as possible. To play this variant, the first player sets down a domino. Doubles are formed when two dominos match. If a double does not pair, it becomes a “boneyard” where all the pieces are left. The first double played must be a’sniff’.

Variations of the Draw Game

Unlike the regular draw game, the draw game allows players to keep drawing more tiles instead of letting them pass before the stock is empty. The winner of a game has the highest number of pips in their hand, plus the number of pips in the stock of their opponents. There are also different variations of this game, including those that allow for more than two players or teams. A muggins game, for instance, uses multi-colored tiles and spinners.

Variations of the All Fives game

All Fives is a popular game among Americans. It is played similar to Draw Dominoes with a numbering system that adds multiples of three to the points scored. In other words, if you have six tile ends that add up to three, then you score six points. In the same way, if you have 10 tile ends that add up to five, then you score ten points, and so on. However, if you have more than three or five tiles on the same side, then you score 15 points.