The Basics of Domino

Domino is a game of chance that requires skill and practice. Dominos can be played on a table or a flat surface. Some games use straight lines, curved lines, grids that form pictures when they fall, or 3D structures such as towers and pyramids. The rules for domino differ from place to place, although there are many similarities in the basic rules of the various games. Students can use the game of domino to help them learn about number value, patterns, addition, and multiplication.

The first thing to do when playing a game of domino is to determine who will make the first play. This is done by either drawing a tile or “knocking” on the table, depending on the rules of the particular game being played. A player who can’t make a play must pass his turn to the next player.

Players draw tiles from a deck that is called the stock or boneyard, and then place them on-edge in front of them. When a player has seven or more dominoes, he may buy some of the remaining tiles in the stock. These additional tiles may be used at a later time in the same game, or they may be kept by the player and used in another game. In some games, there are rules that say all the tiles in the stock may be bought and others that require that certain tiles must be left in the stock and cannot be purchased.

Each domino has a number of dots or pips on it, and the value of a domino is determined by its one end that touches other dominoes. The other end is often referred to as the tail or spot, and it must match the domino on which it is played (e.g., a two’s touch two’s, or a three’s touch three’s). When a domino is played in such a way that both ends of the tile show matching numbers, the player may claim points for the new chain.

A domino can also have a non-matching end, in which case the player can still earn points for the chain. However, the number of points claimed must be less than the total of all the spots on all of the exposed sides of the dominoes in the chain.

Some dominoes are made of natural materials such as silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell, ivory, or a dark hardwood, such as ebony. These types of sets are usually more expensive than those made of polymer.

When Domino’s founder David Brandon began seeing high turnover among his employees, he knew he had to make changes. He listened to what workers had to say and made several changes, including a relaxed dress code and employee training programs. His successor, Doyle, continued to emphasize this value, and the company has been successful in attracting and retaining workers. It is also a leader in the field of corporate social responsibility and has received a variety of recognition for its efforts.