How to Play Dominoes: A Comprehensive Guide 2021

The game of dominoes has been around since the time of the Ancient Egyptians. It was played with a set made from bone, and it is believed that the game originated in China.

The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with all the information you need to know about how to play dominoes, as well as some interesting facts about its history!

Dominoes was invented in 1847 by Raffaele Maione and Giuseppe Negretti of Italy during their time as prisoners-of-war under Napoleon III’s occupation in Toulouse, France. They were inspired by card games they had played earlier at prison camp; these inmates would make domino cards out of paper to alleviate boredom.

The lack of playing material led them to invent an entirely new type of tile that could be made from any cardboard such as old playing cards or leftover sketches drawn on pieces torn off walls.

Interesting facts about its history:

Dominoes was invented in China around 1200 CE as part of Zhongguo – the game meant to be entertaining enough that people would want to spend even their free time playing it rather than gambling. The modern day version became quite popular during the World War I.

What are dominoes?

Dominoes is a game where players take turns placing pieces on the table, usually made of wood or plastic. Dominoes sets typically consist of 28 to 30 blocks with each block being double-sided and having spots for both dots (pips) as well as pips that can be mated with a dot from the opposing block.

The goal of dominoes is to place all your blocks on the table such that each side matches either a single- or double-sided opponent’s block and there are no unmatched pieces remaining in hand.

How to Play Dominoes?

There are many ways to play, but it typically begins when one player places any given number of their domino blocks onto the table (this may be done by starting at one end and placing them next to existing pieces). The player then takes turns adding additional stacks until they have used up all their tiles or if they can’t go after making an addition tile placement move.

Before you start playing, it’s important to decide how many points will constitute “game” during gameplay – agree upon the highest possible total that no player would ever reach so there isn’t any tiebreaker involved. You can also agree on a time limit.

Players take turn playing against one another, so once someone has taken his or her turn , the other player gets a turn. The game ends when either all tiles have been played or one player draws but cannot play, which is called “busting”.

Rules of Dominoes

Add-Em-Up 50

In Add-Em-Up 50 , each player starts with 50 points. On a turn, players can play one or more dominoes from their hand onto the table so long as they match in number and/or suit. A double is worth 20. The first person to get rid of all his tiles wins!

The winner scores the difference between how many points he has (minus any “dummy” tiles) and how many points everyone else had at the end of the game minus 100; this means that if you have zero points left after winning, your score will be positive 100.

If there’s a tie for who finishes last, then nobody gets 0% bonus point but everybody still loses some percentage based on how close they are to finish.

All Fives

In All fives players draw 5 tiles from the stock regardless of the number of players.

In a two-player game, the only way to score is by being first to discard.

In more than one player game, the winner of each round will be determined by who discards their last tile first

The player with the highest number in his hand scores 50 points for each of these tiles while all other players get zero point for having that same tile. The person with the most Fives then gets an extra 100 point bonus and second place in this category should have no less than 75 points.

This continues on down through everyone else’s hands until somebody has scored at least 500 points or nobody can match five fives anymore. A tie ends when someone reaches a total of 1000 which puts them over any competitors.

All Threes

In All Threes format, player is awarded points every time he makes a play that results in the open ends of the tiles in the line of play adding up to a multiple of 3.

For example, if a player makes a play resulting in the total number of tiles showing being 27 then he would score 18 points.

The next highest multiple is 36 which scores 24 points and so on down to 12 that only earns six points. This continues until all players have had their turn or someone has reached 1000 points. A tie ends when one person reaches 1000 first (or there are no ties).


In Baronet the objective is to remove all the dominoes from the line.

If the player has removed all of their dominoes from the line, they must call out “BARONET” to declare victory over the other players or be awarded a penalty point.

The number on each domino includes any pips that are visible in addition to any hidden pips which can only be seen by turning a double-faced domino in front of itself so both faces become visible and counting them as one pip. For instance, if you have two sixes (double-12) that were turned face up together and there is no additional pip at either end beside the last blank space, then your score would be 24 rather than 12 for 16 points.


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