# How to Play Dominoes

Dominoes are a kind of game that is played by 2 or 3 players. The main rule of the game is that each player will play a domino and attempt to knock the other player off the table. A player who is able to knock off the other player has won the round. However, there are a variety of rules to this game.

To play, each player takes a turn drawing and laying down a single domino. The player who is drawn first can choose the domino they want to play. After the player has laid the domino on the table, the next player draws another domino and plays it. The game is played in a clockwise direction around the table. The player with the lowest total count is the winner.

When playing a domino, the player must position it so that it will touch one of the ends of the domino chain. The number of dots on each end is used to determine the scoring. The higher the number of dots on either side of the chain, the greater the score. For example, if a domino has two pips on one end and five pips on the other, the tile is called a double.

The first player draws seven tiles from the stock. These tiles are then shuffled, and the player who drew the tiles plays the first bone. This is sometimes referred to as “setting the first bone.” The second tile is 6-6, and the third is 5-5. The player who is next in line to play the first bone must play another bone.

The fourth tile is placed at an angle to the first and the fifth is placed vertically. The player who is next in line to lay the third tile must lay it in a way that will allow the two pips on one end to be touched by the pips on the other. Depending on the rules of the game, the tile with the number on the end of the chain may be played only once. If the tiles are laid in a way that will cause a tile to be able to touch more than one domino, the player may also have to play the tile multiple times.

Once a domino is laid, the next player in line must lay another domino on top of it. If the tile is not a playable one, the player must draw from the unused tiles. When the last tile is played, the player who has the least number of pips in their hand is the winner. Afterwards, the pips from the losing player’s hand are added to the pips in the winning player’s hand. The resulting score is the total number of pips on the dominoes at the end of the game.

There are many variations of dominoes. For example, some games allow the player to lay the tile on the table with both ends pointing upward, while other dominoes require the player to place the tile on the edge of the table. Other dominoes can be flipped or played upside down.