# The Basics of Domino

Domino is a variant of playing cards that was first seen in Italy and France in the mid-18th century. It was later introduced to England by French prisoners of war in the late 18th century.

To play, players begin by drawing a domino. This determines who will play first. The player who shuffles the tiles draws the last hand.

Players then take turns adding dominoes to the platform. A domino is a small, rectangular tile with a line in the middle and a identifying mark (or pips) on one side. Typically, a set contains 28 dominoes. For more players, a larger set may be used. In addition to the standard double-twelve and double-nine sets, there are other types. Some include Arabic numerals, which replace the pips.

Dominoes are usually arranged so that two matching ends are adjacent. However, this is not always the case. They can be laid perpendicular to a line, or in a line or in a row. If a single double is played, the next tile must be placed so that it is perpendicular to the double touching the center.

There are several versions of the domino, and some games have more pips and more pieces than others. In most cases, a domino game is scored by awarding the pips on the opponent’s tiles.

Another variation is called Concentration, which is played with a double-six set. In this case, players must have a total of 12 pips. Using the double-six set, players pick six tiles, and then draw the other four.

The goal of the game is to make the tower stable. When the tower falls, the game is over. But the tower does not have to be perfectly balanced. As the dominoes fall, they create a chain reaction. This is known as the “domino effect.”

During the game, each player takes turn placing and playing dominoes. The first tile played is typically a double-six. After that, the next tile is a six-five, and the fifth is a five-five.

Usually, players place the dominoes in a straight line, but they can be arranged in any direction. If a domino falls, it starts a chain reaction and may tip over, causing the next domino to tip over. Once all dominoes in the chain have fallen, the game is over.

Before the game begins, players must agree on a target score. Players then take turns placing and playing dominoes, and each player must use the least number of pips on each of their tiles. At the end of the game, a player who has achieved the target score wins the game.

Traditionally, European-style dominoes are made of ivory or dark hardwood such as ebony. They also include a mother of pearl oyster shell. Other versions use other materials.

Several games are popular worldwide, including a version of the game played by Inuits. The game, like most Western games, is a positional game. Unlike the European style, however, the Chinese version does not require that all tiles be laid in a single row.