Domino – The Art of Playing Domino

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A domino is a small rectangular wood or plastic block, with one or more sides bearing numbers or other markings resembling those of dice. The word is also used to describe the play of a game involving these blocks or a set of rules governing their use. The first player to place a domino on the table, thus causing its matching ends to touch, starts a chain that may build to a length of almost unbounded length depending upon the rules of the game in question.

In most games, each domino placed must be positioned in such a way that both matching ends are adjacent to other tiles already played on the table. If a domino is a double, it must be placed cross-ways, straddling the long side of the tile that it touches. The shape of the resulting chain develops into a snake-like form, according to the players’ whims and the limitations of the playing surface.

The most popular domino games are blocking and scoring games, but some games allow the playing of non-blocking or trick-taking variants. In these, a player must attempt to match the total number of pips on his or her dominos with those of the opposing player. A player wins by accumulating the most points in a specified number of rounds. In some games, a player may score additional points by placing a domino that has a number that is equal to or greater than the sum of the pips on all of the opposing players’ remaining tiles.

Creating intricate domino structures requires an artistry that is both meticulous and scientific. Domino artist Hevesh, who has created some of the most elaborate displays ever recorded, explains that the key is a physical phenomenon known as gravity. This force pulls a knocked-over domino toward Earth, bringing it into contact with the next domino that tumbles in response, and so on.

When Domino’s CEO David Brandon assumed the company’s leadership role from the retiring Doyle, he sought to adhere closely to the company’s core values, including “Champion Our Customers.” The new strategy included putting into practice changes that promoted this value by listening to employees, such as relaxing the dress code and improving training programs for managers and other staffers. The company also stepped up its efforts to recruit college students, whom Domino’s views as critical for its future growth. This new approach helped Domino’s to overcome the current labor shortage that has hampered its delivery service. The problem is expected to continue in the short term, but the company is focusing on its digital and carryout business to offset it. Third-party food delivery services such as Uber Eats and DoorDash still pose a challenge, however. They are operating with flawed business models that will ultimately fail, but their rapid market share gains have slowed Domino’s ability to capture more new customers.