Origin of Game
This game has been around for a long time and it actually started in China in the 12th Century.
Some say the domino game started in Egypt and close to the Mediterranean Sea. There are a few different versions of the Domino QQ game (see Domino Indo), depending on the country where the version is from.
For practical purposes, we will discuss the rules of Domino QQ in general and also the components involved.
A domino is a tile made from plastic or sometimes ivory, with usually a white background. The dots on the domino are black in most cases. Each tile is about 2 inches long with a thickness of 3/8 and a width of 1 inch. You can make the domino tiles work, either, individually or together.
Each tile, also known as a “bone”, represents two dice as if there are two tiles next to each other. The double-six is the most popular combination. A name is given to the tile depending on the number of dots it has.
As far as naming the tile goes, the lower number is mentioned first. So if there is a tile with the numbers 3 and 6 on it. This is a “3-6” bone. Tiles with the same number on them, like 6 on both ends, is called a double-six. In fact, the “double-six” is the heaviest value. The tile which is blank on both sides is the lightest and also known as the “double-blank.” A blank tile can be any number.
Suites: Tiles with the same number on both ends are called a “suit” and there are a total of seven suites.
Although there are several versions of the game, the most common one is known as “draw”. Domino is an easy game to play.
To begin the tiles that are all face-down are shuffled and then they are mixed again by hand.
With two players, each player selects 7 domino tiles. If there are more than that, such as three or four players, them each player will select 5 tiles.
Playing the Game
Take the tiles and put them in front of you, but do not allow the other player to see your hand. The player who has the highest double will begin.
The player seated to the left of the one who started will place a Domino QQ that is matching next to the tile that has been placed down by the first player. As an example, if the first player placed a double-four tile, the next player needs to put a tile where one of the numbers has a four on the tile. In cases where there is no four, that player will take a tile or as they call it “draw from the boneyard”. The boneyard is where there is a pile of domino that is face-down. This is done until this second person has found a tile with one of the numbers on that tile that will match the tile that’s already on the table.
The player with the least or with no domino is the called the winner of that round.