## The Game of Dominoes

Originally, a domino was a long hooded cloak worn by a priest. However, over time, the word domino has become associated with the game of dominoes. In the game, each domino has a unique number of pips (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, or nine), as well as a line dividing each domino into two squares. The player who has the fewest pips wins the game. The game of dominoes has spread throughout the world. It originated in Italy in the mid-18th century. Later, the domino was introduced in France. It is also used in South Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries. There are several variants of the game, ranging from trick taking games to the more complicated double-six domino set. In the most basic game of dominoes, two players draw seven tiles. The first player draws the lead tile, which has the highest total pip count. The second player must match the number of pips on the first tile. When the first tile is tipped, the second tile falls. This chain reaction starts, and the game continues until all the dominoes are knocked down. In the United States, the most common variant of the game is the double-six domino set, which has 253 tiles. This set is too large to be used in most domino games. However, it is possible to use other objects as dominoes. The double-18 domino set has 190 tiles, and the double-12 domino set has 91 tiles. In the United States, the most basic game of dominoes is the block-and-draw game. This game is played by two to four players. Each player draws seven tiles. Each player can make a series of “ends” by placing their tiles into tricks. The sum of the pips is also referred to as the “weight” of the dominoes. Each trick counts as a point. A single domino can be knocked down in a row, and can be pushed forward with an increasing force. The European style of dominoes is made of dark hardwood such as ebony and ivory. The traditional material is mother of pearl oyster shell. However, the game also can be played with plastic or plastic bone. In some large domino sets, Arabic numerals replace the pips. These dominoes are made to represent each possible face of two thrown dice. In other games, the dominoes are stacked on end in long rows. In these games, the players try to make interesting shapes by lining up the dominoes. There are several versions of the game, including the double-six domino set, the double-nine domino set, and the double-seven domino set. The double-six set is used in the most basic games, and is typically played with two players. The double-six set has 253 tiles, and the double-nine set has 190 tiles. The game of dominoes is played in many countries around the world, including the United States, England, Australia, Spain, Mexico, France, and China. The game is also played online and has a variety of variants. For example, there are domino games that are designed to be played online, as well as online domino games that are played against the computer.