Dominoes: Popular Games, Rules & Strategy
by Dominic C. Armanino
Domino games have been played by kings and presidents. The oldest
known domino set was found in Tutankhamen's tomb, among the ruins of Thebes.
Tutankhamen was king of ancient Egypt in the 18th dynasty, 1355 BC.
The set is now in King Tutankhamen's Museum, Cairo, Egypt.
by Martin Gardner
Surprisingly little seems to be known about the early history of dominoes.
There are no references to them in Western literature before the middle
of the 18th century, when domino games were first played in Italy and France.
They later spread over Europe and to England and America. The standard
Western set of dominoes had always consisted of 28 tiles that display
all possible pairs of digits from 0 through 6. Each digit appears
eight times in the set.
RULES OF THE GAME:
Block and Draw
Block, the simplest form of the game,
is usually played by two persons. The dominoes are laid face down and mixed.
The person who is to lead, or set, is chosen by drawing to see who gets
the domino with the most spots. The pieces used in the draw are returned
to the pack. Each player then draws seven dominoes and sets them so that
opponents cannot see the dots, or spots. Beginning with the set, each person
plays one domino in turn. The player must match the open end of a domino
already played. If one player is blocked, the opponent goes on until a
domino is placed that the blocked player can match. The game ends when
one player dominoes (goes out) or when both players are blocked. The winner
is the one who dominoes or who has the fewest spots on the player's remaining
pieces. One player's score is the number of spots on the opponent's unplayed
dominoes. A game may be 50 or 100 points.
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