Domino Game Strategy
you're interested in learning the skills and tactics involved in winning
domino games, then you can find allsorts of tips and strategies explained
Some domino games are
pretty much just luck, involving fairly mechanical gameplay, but there
are also many where skill and judgement will tend to make the difference
between winning and losing a domino game. Of course, the tiles you
draw or are dealt is purely down to luck, but how you play them can make a
difference in the game's outcome. A skilful domino player will win more
games in general than unskilled players.
General Domino Gameplay Tips
Make sure you know the type of domino game and
the specific rules of the the domino game you are playing.
You'll soon have a basic idea, after a few rounds of domino play, of which
kind of moves or gameplay are the most beneficial. Familiarise
yourself with the tiles and type of domino set you are using.
Knowing the number of tiles in a particular suit will help you judge the
right tile to play and help you work out the possible tiles in other
players' hands. (See types of domino sets
for a full description.)
Block and Draw Domino Game Tips
Here are some useful tips
for playing Block and Draw-type domino games. They are not
in-depth strategies but if you follow the tips listed below you will have
an advantage over other players who aren't using any real strategy at all.
Set down doubles early.
Because doubles have the same suit value on either end, you will have
fewer opportunities to set them down on the layout, so it is a good idea
to play them whenever you have the opportunity. It's only too easy
to get stuck with doubles.
Set down your heavier tiles
early. Because you don't know for sure who will win a
round of dominoes, it is a good idea to play your heavier spotted tiles
early so whoever wins a round or whether the round is blocked you
won't be caught with a high score of points for your opponent.
Hold on to a variety of suits. Try to keep as many
different suits as you can in your hand as long as you can. This
will give you a range of options when it comes to the tiles you can set
down and prevent you from being unable to make a play at all and having
to pass on your play.
- Note your
opponents weak suits. Whenever an opponent passes on
their play or draws from the boneyard, remember which suit values
they don't have. This allows you to be more able to block
them in later game-play.
your opponent's hand.
If you study the layout of already played tiles and the tiles in your
own hand you will often be able to guess what your opponents are holding
in their hands. This becomes easier the more tiles are played onto
the layout. You'll soon learn which tiles in your own hand to play
to block your opponents.
Point Domino Game Tips
Here are some tips for playing :Point-type
domino games. Learn these and you'll improve your game play
- Always be aware of the board count. This
is the total of all open ends on the layout. In games like Fives
players score points when the board count is a multiple of five.
- Evaluate the tiles in your hand and how
change the board count. Determine the difference between suit
values on either end of a tile so you quickly know how they will change
the board count. For example, 5 and 3 on each end will change the
board count by 2. Connecting the lower end to the open ends of the
layout will raise the board count, while connecting the higher suit will
lower the board count.
- Use blocking strategies near the end of
a point game, when the opportunities for scoring points diminish.
- Control and
manipulate the board count. In a game of
you score points for board counts that are a multiple of five, note the
tiles in your hand that will change it by a multiple of five and play
those when an opponent has just made a scoring play. Push the
board count up when you can set down scoring tiles, and down when you
can't. Knowing the suits your opponent does and doesn't hold will
enable you to alter the board count accordingly, allowing you to prevent
opponents from setting down scoring tiles.
- In games like
Fives and Five-Up, where you score
points when open ends of the layout are a multiple of five, remember you
can play a tile to lower the board count to a multiple of five, and not
just raise it.
Be warned that blocking strategies can
backfire on you in games where players must draw extra tiles from the
boneyard when they can't make a play. It could equip your
opponents with tiles that can work against you, and not increase your score
at the end of a round/hand, if you use blocking too early in game play.
Advanced Domino Strategy
There is a more advanced domino strategy
you can use that involves some quite complex mental arithmetic and
calculation. Check back to this page in the future for more details.
- Advanced Domino Game Strategy
Chinese Domino Strategy
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Chinese domino games,
try clicking on the link below,
and get some helpful information on winning, and improving your Chinese