Mexican Dominoes Train

The dominoes game is one of the classic past-time activities we enjoy with our family, friends and colleagues. Even before online games, children loved playing dominoes with their brothers and sisters. This is probably the cause with the birth of the web comes an online version of this game. Certainly, we just can’t get enough of dominoes!

Perhaps, the foremost reason why we all enjoy this game is due to the simple dominoes rules. Though there are several types of domino games, its rules stay the same: easy and simple. The rules vary according to its country of origin.

Before learning the dominoes rules, you have to learn the basics first and its history.

History of the Game and Dominoes Rules

Basically, dominoes evolved from dice. This is very apparent as you can see the numbers in a standard double-six domino set represent all the rolls of a two six-sided dice. It is believed to have originated from China in the 12th century. There are also some speculations that it has originated from Egyptians and Arabians.

The word “domino” was derived from the traditional appearance of the tiles: black dots against a white background. Domino is a kind of hood worn by Christian priests.

The game first appeared in Italy in the 18th century. It became highly popular the rest of the European continent throughout the remainder of the 1700s. Since then, it has become the most popular game in family parlors and pubs.

Today, this game are played all over the world especially in Latin America. Many Caribbean countries consider it as their national game. Domino tournaments are being held in many countries yearly.

Dominoes Rules and Basics

This game is generally played by two or four persons. There are several types of domino games. The popular ones are Draw, Block, Chicken Foot, Mexican Train, and Concentration.

Draw Dominoes Rules

In this game, the player must place a matching tiles next to the previous domino. If the first player started the game with a double-six, the next player should play a tile with a six on it. Otherwise, he has to draw a tile of matching value from the boneyard (stock of unselected dominoes on the table). He shall pass his turn if he has no dominoes to play. The player who runs out of tiles first is considered as the winner.

Block Dominoes Rules

The block dominoes rules are very similar to the draw domino games. However, the player does not pick tiles from the boneyard. So if he has no matching tile, he must pass his turn.

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