Dominoes are a family of tile-based games. Also called gaming pieces, dominoes are rectangular tiles with two square ends, each marked with a number of spots. Players take turns laying down dominoes and attempting to reach the highest score. The game can last for hours and is a great way to spend your leisure time.
There are many different variations of domino. The most basic and popular are the double-six and double-nine sets. In double-six domino games, players each draw seven tiles and alternately extend their line of play. The winner of the game is the player with the highest total pip count, minus the total number of pip tiles remaining in the losing player’s hand.
Dominoes are often made from different materials. Some are made of bone, ivory, or silver-lip ocean pearl oyster shell. Others are made of dark hardwood such as ebony. But, whichever material is used, it is important to keep in mind that dominoes are a system of connections.
When playing dominoes, players must make sure that each piece is laying across the other one. In this way, opponents will mentally note the numbers of available numbers. The game ends when a player chips out, while some variants require both partners to chip out. If both partners chip out, the winner is the partner with the least number of spots on their dominoes.
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Different types of domino sets are used in various countries. Originally, each domino represented one of 21 outcomes from the throw of two 6-sided dice. In modern versions, a single domino can knock down hundreds or even thousands of others. This phenomenon is called the domino effect. The domino effect has been around for centuries.
Historically, dominoes first made an appearance in China during the Song dynasty. It is thought that Italian missionaries in China brought the game to Europe in the 18th century. However, the Chinese version never evolved into the game we know today. This game is played with two dice, which is why it is commonly known as a domino game.
Dominoes were known as pupai as early as the 13th century. However, it was not until the late 17th century that the Chinese standardized the word to refer to a game. However, Zhou Mi’s famous work, Former Events in Wulin, lists gambling plaques as pupai. Andrew Lo has argued that the author meant dominoes and not gambling plaques.