Counting the Board Playing Dominoes

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Learn how to play dominoes with tips such as counting the board in this free online video about playing dominoes.

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Hi! I’m Nathan Holsey, the author of the book The Dominologist. On behalf of expertvillage.com, in this clip I will be talking about counting the board. For more information on double 6 dominos, please see my website thedominologist.com. I have set up here dominos in play and it’s real important to count the board. So I'll take my hand, I’ll raise it up. In my hand I have a two 6’s, two 2’s, and two ace’s and I count the board, there are already 5 ace’s played, five 1’s played and I have 2 in my hand. So that leaves me with the very last ace’s or 1’s. There are four 6’s played and I have two 6’s in my hand, so actually I have the last two 6’s that can be played and I turn over the bone yard here which there’s double 6 in the bone yard. So in all reality, I have control over the 6’s as well as the aces. Now, for 2’s, I see three 2’s on the board, I have two in my hand. That means somewhere out there, there are two more 2’s. If I’m playing just another opponent, I don’t know if the 2’s will be in the bone yard or the 2 is in their hand but I notice that there is one 2 in the bone yard. It’s important to count the board, there are 7 denominations of every number, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, there’s one more blank and there’s a blank open. That blank just happens to be in the bone yard. If your player has that blank, then your player would have control of that end but it’s real important that you count the board, count how many dominos are out there and count the possible plays and that’s counting the board.

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