Dominoes, just like cards can be combined in many ways, so that different types of games can be played with them. Dominoes are considered as being originated from China some time around the 12th century, later it has got into Europe as well, firstly appearing in Italy in the 18th century. It is believed that the pieces of domino are the development of the dice. By the time they appeared, dominoes were made of ivory and ebony, but nowadays usually they are made of wood.
It can be played two or four people, with 28 domino pieces; their back is plain, and having in front a black line in the middle, just as if it would be divided into two; it is marked with accurate spots, starting with one up to twelve, which means six on each side of the black line. There are pieces of domino which does not have any number on it, so they are blank. The name and definition of the domino probably comes from the black-on-white appearance; domino is also suggestive for the specific hoods worn by some of the Christian priests.
As we mentioned above, the wide variety of domino combination is not limited, as it requires your imagination and the way you use it, like when playing other online casino games, for example keno
. The great selection which is available for you to choose from is various: from simple to complicated. As you are given many options, you can choose the one that appeals to you and one can get used to its rules in no time.
Here you are provided with some basic rules of domino, or if you are experienced in this field, you will benefit of revision and obtain some new knowledge as well.
First of all, before starting a game, you turn all dominos face down and mix them, so that players will not figure out where a certain piece is situated. After this the collection of the tiles follows, which is called "the boneyard". The beginning of the game consists of deciding which one of the players makes the first move, but usually the one that has the "heaviest" tile, which is the double-six.
Here comes the drawing of the tiles, each player begins drawing dominos and he places them in front of him so that he can see every single piece of his, but no-one can take a look at the opponents' tiles. In addition, the player who was chosen after the shuffling of the tiles to be the first one to make a move, places now a tile. If he does not have the heaviest tile, he begins with a double-five or so on. At most of the domino game variations, the tiles can be connected only to the ends of the tiles which are "open", which refers to ones that are not linked to any other tile yet. To win the game, you need to choose the best strategy, just like when you play poker
Although the waste majority of domino games apply these rules, there still are some types which consider that tiles can be connected to all of the four directions. During the game, as one and other player's turns come, and he cannot make any kind of move, he then has two options. This depends on what stage the game play is. When there are no more tiles left in the boneyard, (known as "block" games), then the player can ask for "pass" in case he cannot make any move.
In a "draw" game, where there still are tiles on the boneyard, the player has the option to draw a tile, which he can place in continuation on the table, if it fits there. Or, he can also ask for a "pass" in case the drawn tile is not an appropriate one; or another choice is available for him: to drawn tiles as long as he gets the right piece which can be played.
A domino game can end in two ways: one of them is when one of the players has placed all his tiles on the table - after achieving this he needs to say "domino", so the other players are <dominoed> in this situation. The second way of ending a game is when a game is blocked; this is mentioned above.
Mainly these are the basics of Domino, but as we said before, there are more types of them, the rules also vary and it's advisable for you that before starting a game you should agree with the players which one you are about to play.