A domino is a small rectangular wood or plastic block, about the size of a thumb, that has one side bearing an arrangement of dots resembling those on dice. It has an open end on the other side, which, in most cases, is blank or marked with an identical pattern to the first. A set of 28 such tiles forms a domino. Also called bones, men, cards, or pieces, they are used in a wide variety of games.
The most popular domino games fall into four categories: bidding games, blocking games, scoring games, and round games. There are many different variants of each category, but all have extremely similar and sometimes identical rules. The order of play is determined by the rules of the particular game in use, and it’s important to follow them closely. The player who makes the first play in the game is known as either the setter, the downer, or the lead. His tile should be placed face up in the center of the table.
When two or more dominoes are joined edge to edge, forming a line, they are said to be in the line of play. The matching halves of the two dominoes must be identical, or they must form a specified total (for example, 5 and 1).
After all hands are drawn, any remaining dominoes, which are then known as the stock, are reshuffled and returned to the players. The player who draws the tile with the most pips has first choice of seats. The next highest pipped tile seats himself to the left of the player who holds that seat, and so on. If there is a tie, the players draw new dominoes from the stock until they have a seat.
The word “domino” itself comes from the Latin domini, meaning ‘fateful.’ Earlier, it meant a hooded cloak worn with a mask at a carnival season or masquerade. It may be that the combination of black dominoes and ivory faces reminded people of the robes of priests, who wore them over their white surplices.
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