The term dominoes (or dominos) refers to the pieces (or tiles) that constitute a domino set. These sets come in a variety of different variations, from double 6 and double nine dominoes, all the way to double-18. These numbers signify the highest number of pips (inlaid numbers) on a tile in the set. The objective of most domino games is to block your opponent from emptying their hand while successfully doing so yourself. It is one of the worlds most popular table top games, with many variations, including Mexican dominoes.
When you play dominoes, the most basic rules at the table apply to the double six dominoes block style game. Here a line of play is created using a series of tiles in which adjacent tiles have an equal value. Players alternate turns, extending the line of play until a player who cannot, passes. The winner is the player who plays their last tile, unless the domino table becomes blocked because neither player is able to continue. In this case the player with the lowest cumulative number of pips on their remaining tiles is the winner. The game is mathematical in its nature, and is played at a high level in places around the world. Professional domino games are played today in organizations such as the International Federation of Dominoes. Amateur players, on the other hand, often buy domino tables, and domino trays in order to enjoy the game at home with family and friends. Wooden domino tables are one of the most popular styles today, as are colored dominoes. In places like Puerto Rico, dominoes are one of the most popular table top games, as evidenced by the high sales of these tables in the region.
Prices of professional quality domino tables can range from $70 to hundreds. Plastic domino tables have become more popular in recent years, due to their reduced cost when compared to wood and fiberglass. Domino sets now also come from a variety of sources. Regardless of the changing components of the domino tables and tiles themselves, the game remains the same class game that has been played by cultured worldwide for centuries and centuries.