The Basics of Domino


Domino is a game that requires the placement of small tiles in order to form long lines. The game can be played on any surface, but it is most commonly played on a table or board. The tiles are marked with a pattern of dots, called pips, on one side and are blank or identically patterned on the other side. The pips are normally placed in a straight line with a central axis, although some sets of dominoes use more irregular configurations of the pips. A domino can be matched to another only when it has a set of matching pips on either end.

The most basic Western domino games involve two or four players. The dominoes are shuffled and a player draws for the lead, which is generally awarded to the heaviest piece. The remaining pieces are gathered in a pile, called the stock or boneyard, from which each player chooses seven dominoes to play. The first player then places a domino on the table, matching its pips to one of the ends of a previous tile. This begins a chain reaction that causes the other dominoes to topple in succession.

There are many different types of domino games, but they all share certain properties. They are based on the principle that gravity is the force that pulls each domino downward and that the energy of each falling domino is transferred to all of its neighbors. The chain reaction is an analogy to a nerve impulse in your body, where the energy of a firing neuron travels down a length of axon until it is terminated at its end.

Some people like to make the blank sides on the dominoes “wild” and ascribe any value they want to them, and some games have no set values for the numbers. Historically, domino sets were made from various natural materials, including bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (mother of pearl) or ivory, with contrasting black or white pips inlaid or painted; woods such as ebony and pine; metals; ceramic clay; and even crystal. The use of such materials gave the dominoes a more aesthetically pleasing look and feel and a heavier weight, making them more substantial to hold and move.

In addition to being fun, domino also teaches important skills. It demonstrates how commitment and consistency create powerful results, which is why the game has been around for so long. It is a prime example of the Domino Effect, which was coined by Robert Cialdini in his book Influence. The Domino Effect is the theory that when one person makes a commitment to something, it inspires others to follow suit and commit to it as well.

The best way to apply for a job at Domino’s is online at their career website. Applicants can upload their resumes, fill in their personal information, and link to social media. Those who cannot apply online can go to the store that they want to work at and apply as a walk-in applicant. Depending on the urgency of the position, it can take up to 3 weeks for Domino’s to get back to an applicant.