The game of dominoes is an all time classic past time activity. It is one of the oldest games in history. According to historians, this game has been around since the 12th century. Trails of dominoes have been found in China, Egypt, Mediterranean, and other countries. But it was only during the 1200’s that this game became trending in Europe, particularly inItaly.
Today, the game of dominoes has turned into an all-time favorite activity. In fact, we all grew up playing this game with friends and family. Admit it; you know you have enjoyed playing this game when you were little on a lazy afternoon. And even in the advent of computers and the Internet, the game of dominoes is still one of the most played.
Due to its popularity, different countries have adopted their own version of this game. Some types of dominoes are: block, draw, Mexican train, chickenfoot, all-fives, and concentration. The most popular is block and draw. The most played though is draw dominoes.
Understanding basic dominoes rules is quite easy. The game starts by shuffling the dominoes on the table. The table should be flat and even for easier shuffling. Place all of the tiles face down and mix them with your hands.
If there are 2 players, each person should select 7 domino tiles. If there are 3 or 4 players, each should select 5 dominoes. Place the tiles in front of you where you can see them. However, you have to keep them well hidden from your competition or other players. Generally, a set of double six dominoes are used. The person with the highest double (preferably a double six) starts the game.
The next player to the left must place a matching domino next to the first tile. If the first player started with a double-six, you should play the tile with a 6 on it. Otherwise, you have to draw from the boneyard (pile of unselected dominoes) until you get a playable domino. In any case you did not find a playable domino, dominoes rules dictate that you must pass your turn.
The player who runs out of dominoes first, or he who has the lowest value of dominoes, wins the round. All dominoes rules are score-based, which made it important to get rid of all your heavy valued dominoes early on.
Other Dominoes Rules
Here are other dominoes rules for other games:
Block Dominoes Rules – Dominoes rules in this game are very similar to the draw dominoes rules. However, the player does not pick dominoes from the boneyard. So if he has no matching tile, he must pass his turn.
Chicken Foot Dominoes Rules – Chicken foot originated from Texas. Here, the players can place dominoes diagonally on one side of a double to form a “chicken foot”. The player with a double-nine places the domino on the table. If the next player does not have a matching domino, he must pick one from the chicken yard. Those with no playable dominoes should pass their turn. The goal in the chicken foot dominoes rules is to score as low as possible.