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# How many pieces are in a domino set?

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A typical set of Western-style dominoes has 28 pieces. The individual members of the set are called bones, pieces, men, stones or cards. Every piece is a rectangle of wood, bone or plastic with a pattern of dots or a blank face at each end.

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Domino dots are usually arranged like the spots on a die, ranging in number from one to six, although some domino sides are blank. A version of the game goes back at least as far as 10th-century China; however, the modern Western variation probably appeared during the 1700s in Italy and France. The goal of the game is to achieve the highest score by positioning the stones to match numbers or reach a certain sum.

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The object of Mexican Train dominoes is to accumulate the lowest score by placing dominoes end to end. Subsequent dominoes must match in number to the previous domino, and the game starts with the double 12 domino in the center of the board, or table.

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To play dominoes, first shuffle the tiles. Then, the first player plays a domino based on agreed upon criteria, and the next player connects one end of a domino on the field to the end of another domino in his hand with the same number of pips.

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Learning to mentally add and subtract from the board is one effective strategy in dominoes that improves vigilance and helps in recognizing opportunities that open up during play. Depending on the evolution of the game, being able to silently add and subtract mentally can make the difference between winning and losing.