# Domino rules for beginners?

### Understanding the basics of dominoes

Dominoes is a classic game that has been played for centuries. It is a game of strategy and skill, and understanding the basic rules is the first step to becoming a successful player. The game is typically played with a set of rectangular tiles, called dominoes, which are divided into two squares, or “ends.” Each end of the domino is marked with a number of dots, or pips, ranging from 0 to 6.

### Setting up the game

To start a game of dominoes, the tiles are placed face-down on a table, and each player draws a certain number of tiles, depending on the number of players. For a game with two or four players, each player will typically draw 7 tiles. For a game with three players, each player will draw 5 tiles. The remaining tiles are set aside and serve as the “boneyard” or “stockpile.”

### Playing the game

The objective of dominoes is to be the first player to play all of your tiles. The game begins with the player who has the double six tile (a tile with six pips on each end) placing it in the center of the table. The game then proceeds in a clockwise direction, with each player taking turns to play a tile that matches one of the open ends of the tiles already on the table. If a player cannot play a tile, they must draw from the boneyard until they can make a play. If the boneyard is empty and a player still cannot play a tile, their turn is skipped.

### Scoring in dominoes

In addition to playing tiles, players can also earn points based on the value of the tiles played. Each tile has a score equal to the sum of the pips on its ends. The player who wins the round scores points for all of the pips remaining in their opponent’s hands. If a round ends in a tie, the player with the lowest total score wins.

### Strategies for beginners

As a beginner, there are several strategies you can employ to improve your chances of winning at dominoes. First, try to play tiles that have the most pips on their ends, as they will earn you more points. Additionally, pay attention to the tiles already on the table and try to play tiles that will block your opponents from making plays. Finally, don’t be afraid to draw from the boneyard if you don’t have a playable tile, but be mindful of the tiles you are allowing your opponents to see.