# The Basics of Dominos

Dominoes are a type of tile that feature a line in the middle to divide it visually into two parts. Each side of the domino is marked with either a number or a blank. In the most popular version of the game (double-six), each domino is valued according to its pips (or dots) with values ranging from six pips down to none or blank. The value of a domino may also be described as its rank or weight. When a player has the highest ranking domino, it is said that they have the lead or are making the first play. When a player cannot play any of the tiles in their hand, they draw a new hand. Depending on the game, they may then continue playing their current hand or start a new one by drawing the number of tiles that are allowed them to draw in accordance with the rules of the game.

In some games, players are permitted to “bye” tiles from the stock, adding them to their current hand. Upon doing so, they must make sure to draw only those tiles that are appropriate for the new hand. Those that are not are returned to the stock. This practice can be used to limit the number of tiles a player draws for his hand or to prevent him from receiving a certain type of double.

Counting the pips of the losing players is often part of a scoring method in Domino. For this purpose, it is important to understand the difference between a spinner and a non-spinner.

A spinner is a domino that can be played on all four sides; whereas, a non-spinner can only be played on two. Depending on the rules of the game being played, a spinner may be the only double in the hand or every domino that is played must be a spinner.

In most cases, the player who holds the heaviest double begins play. However, in the case of a tie, the winner of the last game played may open the next one.

Domino is an excellent way to teach children counting and the basics of math. It is also a good way to help students with time management and the concept of sequence. In addition, many school districts now require that children learn about the history of chess and Dominos as a way to promote literacy skills.

When building a large Domino installation, Lily Hevesh uses fractions to determine the amount of dominoes she needs for the project and how they will be arranged. This helps her ensure that an accidental knock will not cause the entire installation to come crashing down. She also finds it helpful to use the principles of geometry when laying out the lines of dominoes that she will be using for her projects. This allows her to create an attractive pattern and reduce the chances of mistakes that can be costly in terms of both time and money.