# The Basics of Domino

Domino is a tile game that is played against two to three players. The game can be played with a computer or with friends and family. Before the game begins, the player must determine the target score. Generally, the game is scored by awarding pips to the opponents’ tiles.

The first tile to be played is usually a double-six. This tile has six pips on each end and can be considered the “heaviest” domino in the set. It can be played to the right of the 6-6 or to the left of the 6-6-0.

In some games, a player can choose to play a tile that is a double-blank, which has no pips on the ends. While this tile is not as heavy as a regular double-six, it still counts as a double. A player can also opt to place a tile that is perpendicular to the line of the double. Alternatively, the player can place a tile that is at a right angle, which can form an “L” in the layout.

When choosing a tile, the player must be sure that both ends of the tile match. In order to play the tile, the player must place it such that it touches one of the ends of the domino chain. If the player cannot position the tile correctly, he can chip it off the table.

Players can only pick one domino at a time. They may also be allowed to draw from unused tiles. However, the most common type of domino is the double-six.

The goal of the skillful domino is to reach a certain number of points. Depending on the version of the game, this can be achieved by playing in pairs, fours, or sixes. Once the target is reached, the winner is the player who reaches the highest number of points.

The best domino is the double-six. It has a total of 28 tiles. A standard double-six set has 21 singles and seven doubles. Traditionally, these tiles are made of dark hardwood like ebony. They are also made of ivory and mother of pearl oyster shell.

Another common domino set is the double-nine. This set has 55 tiles. Its dot count varies, but the total pips is the same as the double-six.

Similarly, the double-18 set has 190 tiles. In addition to the normal singles and doubles, the set contains a single double for each suit. Finally, the double-21 set has 253 tiles. These sets are a little too large for most domino games. But they can be used if the player has a lot of space.

There are many different types of dominoes. Each version has its own unique character. For example, the concentration variant of the game is played with a double-six set. The pips in this game are calculated by taking the total number of dots in the opponent’s hand and multiplying it by twelve.

Other common forms of the domino game are a solitaire and a trick-taking domino. Both variants are simple games that can be played anywhere.