COMMON DOMINO TERMS

  • Blocked Game:  Blocked Game occurs when no one can play after all dominoes have been drawn and no player has dominoed. The player with the lowest number of points (i.e. dots) receives the total number in his/her opponent’s hand ~ ONLY if that player is already on the board.
  • Board:  Board refers to the dominoes that have been played and are therefore set out on the playing area. Also referred to as “Line of Play”.
  • Bones:  Bones refer to domino tiles. This term is quite frequently used instead of “Dominoes”.
  • BoneYard:  BoneYard refers to all remaining dominoes after players have drawn their hands. If a player is unable to make a play, he/she must draw from the BoneYard until a play can be made.
  • Domino Count:  Domino Count refers to the number of points, rounded to the nearest 5, in opponent’s hand that a player gets when he/she dominoes.
  • Dominoed:  Dominoed means a player has played all dominoes in his/her hand.
    • Down:  Down refers to the first domino played.
    • The Downer:  The Downer refers to the player who played the first domino.
    • Draw:  In One-on-One Play, Draw occurs when a player cannot make a play and must draw a domino from the BoneYard until he/she can make a play.
    • Game:  Game refers to 150 points or 3 houses.
    • The Hand:  The Hand refers to all dominoes in a player’s hand.
    • House:  House refers to 50 points.
    • Match:  Match refers to the best 2 out of 3 games.
    • Muggins:  Muggins refers to a variation in the “Fives” domino game where an opponent can steal another player’s points if that player doesn’t call the points.  For example, if a play results in 15 points and the player doesn’t call the points, his/her opponent can call the points and steal them.
    • Pass:  Pass means a player does not have a domino in his/her hand that will play and must pass to the player on his/her immediate left if not playing One-on-One (i.e. “Straight Up”).
    • Shuffle:  Shuffle refers to the act of thoroughly mixing the dominoes, face down on a flat playing surface, using both hands.
    • Skunk:  Skunk refers to a variation in the "Fives" domino game where a player scores half the game-winning before his/her opponent gets on the board.  In this case, the game is over. For example, in a game to 150, if a player scores 75 points before his/her opponent gets on the board, that is considered a skunk.
    • Spinner:  Spinner refers to the first double played.
    • Straight Up:  Straight Up refers to a game that is only played with 2 people. Also referred to as One-on-One.
    • Suit:  Suit refers to all the dominoes that have the same number of pips (i.e. dots) on the ends. There are 7 dominoes in each group.
    • Table Count:  Table Count refers to the number of dots in Multiples of Fives after counting the exposed ends only.
    • Ten to Get In:  Ten to Get In refers to the 10 points a player must score to get on the board.