Dominoes

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Dominoes is the classic two player game where you take turns to place a domino on one open end of the domino board and try to beat your opponent by laying all your dominoes first, or being left with the lowest number of spots in your hand once no more turns can be played.

Objective

At the start of the game both players are given seven dominoes. One player is randomly chosen to go first and one of their dominoes is randomly selected to be placed as the first domino in the centre.

Each player then alternately takes a turn placing a matching domino on one open end of the domino board. If they aren't able to make a move, a player draws a domino from the remaining dominoes and their turn is skipped.

This process repeats until one player can make a move or we run out of dominoes. The first player to use all of the dominoes in their hand is the winner. If neither player is able to move and all of the remaining dominoes have been picked up, then the player whose hand has the smallest total number of spots wins.

If both players have the same number of spots, the game ends in a draw and nobody wins.

Strategy

Block Dominoes is a relatively simple game, however there are a few general dominoes strategies to keep in mind when playing.

Doubles are bad

If you have chance to play the double, you’d better play that because doubles have less chance to match the number on the open end of the domino board

High-points dominoes are dangerous

Try to play your high value dominoes as soon as possible as one of the conditions of victory is to have the lowest points on your hand.

Variety of number

Try to keep at least one of every number in your hand as long as you can. This can make sure you can play in every turns and get closer to be the winner.

Find what number your opponent doesn’t have

When your opponent has to pass, remember the two number on the open ends because your opponent doesn’t have those numbers. Then you can block him.

Guess your opponent’s tiles

It’s hard to identify your opponent’s tiles but it’s doable to guess his tiles. You can observe the domino board and the current dominoes in your hand. Then it’s possible to calculate the probability that whether he could play later on according to what you play this turn.