Kw-logo-smaller

Learn to Play Dominoes

Check out info on the history, rules and strategy of dominoes.
Dominoes
Picture of a set of dominoes.
Domino Set

Dominoes is one of the world's oldest strategy games. Find out more about this ancient game right here.

Dominoes - History

It's not totally clear when or where the game of dominoes was invented. Many historians believe the game was invented by the Chinese some time around 1100 AD and it eventually arrived in Europe some time during the 18th century. A game similar to dominoes was also found in Tutankhamen's tomb in Egypt, which dates all the way back to 1355 BC. Wherever dominoes may have been invented, it remains a popular game around the world. Each set of dominoes has 28 dominoes or tiles. Each rectangular tile has a line dividing its face into two square ends, which are each marked with a number of black spots or a blank space. The word "domino" is French for a black and white hood worn by priests, which is probably where the name of the game comes from.

Dominoes - Strategy and Rules

There are many different versions of dominoes but here are the rules for the most basic game.
  • The dominoes are laid face down and mixed up.
  • Each player then draws seven dominoes and sets them so that opponents cannot see the dots or spots.
  • Each player plays one domino in turn by matching one of their dominoes with the open end of a domino already played.
  • If one player cannot play or is blocked, the opponent goes on until a domino is placed that the blocked player can match.
  • The game ends when one player has played all their dominoes or when both players are blocked.
  • The winner is the one who goes out first or who has the fewest spots on the player's remaining pieces.
  • Dominoes - Did U Know?

  • The first World Domino Tournament was held in November 2005, in Las Vegas. The tournament featured the top players from more than 40 countries.
  • The world record for the most dominoes set up and toppled is 4,002,136! The record was set at Domino Day 2005 in Leeuwarden, Netherlands on November 18, 2005.
  • While dominoes are played all over the world, the game is most popular in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and other Latin American countries.
  • Related Stories:

  • A Monopoly Timeline
  • Backgammon
  • 1980s Board Games
  • More Cool Board Games
  • >
    >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    there are 0 comments

    Please login or register to add comments

    share with your friends


    Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like!

    latest videos

    F1152310917921

    Coolest Old Skool Game? Vote!

    • Chess.
    • Backgammon.
    • Dominoes.
    • They're all lame. I only play video games.

    related stories

    Games in the forums

    -Gwen42--
    -Gwen42-- posted in Board Games:
    Xbox
    reply 1 day
    -Gwen42--
    -Gwen42-- posted in Forum Games:
    Mashed Potatoes
    reply 1 day
    Zoobla
    Zoobla posted in Forum Games:
    Spearmint
    reply 1 day
    GlimmeringSky16
    uno is bae
    reply 1 day
    lonnie123
    lonnie123 posted in Card Games:
    Jon is the best 
    reply 1 day

    play online games

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

    Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

    157262_(2)

    When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

    100x100_ra_logo_girl

    Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

    _thumb_100x100

    Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...