The Basics of Dominos


A domino is a small rectangular wood or plastic block with an arrangement of spots resembling those on dice. These dots are called “pips,” and each domino has an identity-bearing face on one side and a blank or identically patterned face on the other. The pips are not randomly distributed on a domino; they are placed in groups according to specific rules.

Dominos are used in a wide variety of games. The most popular are the layout games, which are played with a standard double-six set (28 tiles) or a double-nine set (55) and involve blocking one’s opponent’s movements while scoring points.

The game begins with all players drawing a number of bones equal to the amount required for their particular domino type. Each player then places these bones on the table in a layout with open ends facing up and plays the first bone of their hand onto one of those ends. This first move is also known as setting, leading, or posing the bone. The other players then follow suit, playing their dominos onto the open ends of the layout.

Domino games have a tendency to get very complicated, but the basic rules are easy to understand. The most important point is that a player must play all of the dominoes in his or her hand before the opposing player can do so. Depending on the type of domino being played, additional pieces may be drawn from the “boneyard” to add to a hand.

In some games, a player may also be awarded points for the number of dominoes in his or her opponent’s hand at the end of the round. These additional points may be calculated by a combination of the total number of dominoes, the number of doubles, and/or the number of blank or zero pips on a domino. The player with the most points at the end of the round is declared the winner.

Dominos grew quickly in the early 1960s, from a single pizzeria in Ypsilanti, Michigan, to more than 200 locations by 1978. The company’s founder, Thomas Monaghan, focused on positioning Domino’s stores near college campuses so they would be convenient for students seeking quick delivery. This strategy worked well, and today Dominos has more than 25,000 locations worldwide. In order to keep up with this growth, Dominos is embracing a new approach to management called “behavioral theory.” This type of management focuses on building leadership skills and letting workers take the reins. It’s a far cry from the more formal leadership styles that dominate business circles. However, these more traditional methods still have a place in Dominos, as they can help to promote an environment where employees feel more engaged and motivated to work hard and succeed. In addition, they can provide a solid foundation for company-wide growth. The company will continue to focus on fostering these positive employee experiences in an effort to boost productivity and drive future growth. This will be a key factor in ensuring that Domino’s continues to thrive.