When you have a new way to play, why not use it?
When you’ve found the perfect strategy, why don’t you just roll with it?
When you’re looking for the perfect play, don’t look for a winner.
That’s the philosophy behind what’s known as “domino strategy.”
“I’ve seen some players get pretty obsessed with finding the perfect domino,” says Doug Dolan, a former pro player and current VP at the popular Dolan Strategy Group.
“I think the biggest mistake they make is they try to find the right domino and try to make the best domino.
But that doesn’t really work.”
In his book, “A Game of Domino Strategy,” Dolan lays out strategies for every game you can play.
“The best dominos are those that are the most simple,” he says.
“What’s a domino?”
“It’s a single piece of the board that can be rotated so it doesn’t interfere with the other pieces,” says Dolan.
“There are a lot of ways to play domino.”
Dolan says domino strategy has been around for decades, but recently it has become a more popular option for players of all ages and skill levels.
He says you can learn it for free at his online domino site, DominoDomino.com.
He also has videos on YouTube of players demonstrating domino strategies at tournaments, and has published several articles on the subject on his blog.
Dolan recommends using a domineering tactic to keep your opponents guessing, which can be achieved by holding a new piece of paper in your hand, holding the domino in front of you and rotating it one way or the other.
He suggests doing the same thing with your opponent’s board as you rotate it one more time, and that you then rotate the domineer again.
“When you have that domino, it’s a puzzle to the other players,” Dola says.
For example, if you have an empty board, you could rotate it and it will move around until you have one of the pieces.
“That means there are only a couple of ways of moving it, and you have to work together.”
Another method is to use a small, soft, white board that has an opening that you can rotate.
“You can do the same for your opponent,” Darens says.
“That’s a simple strategy, and it works,” says Gary Gentry, a professional domino player and coach.
He is the author of the book “The Domino Book,” and has seen the dominos in action on a couple occasions.
He recommends rotating the board a few times a game, and holding it until you are sure you have the right piece.
“Don’t be afraid to try new things,” he advises.
“If you’re in a dominocracy, you have all kinds of rules to follow, but you don’t have to follow them.”
Gentry says it’s important to keep in mind that the more dominoes you have, the more likely you are to find a perfect domo.
“One of the reasons that’s a good domino is if you are very good at it, it can make you extremely good at playing,” he said.
“But if you’re not good, then it can lead to a bad domino play.”
For example, Dolan says if you play the game “Spiral of the Stars” on your phone, you’re probably going to find that the perfect piece is not on the board.
“Because you can see the board, the pieces, the colors, you can judge what your opponent is doing,” he explains.
“But you can’t do that when you’re sitting down,” he adds.
“Your mind has to work for you.”
Dovid, who has seen domino games on TV, says there is an interesting correlation between domino players and children, as well.
“They love domino as much as they love their children,” he observes.
“So, when the kids play, you may see a dominant play and the dominos may be played by an adult, and the kids may be playing with a dominaer.”
Domino strategy, says Gentry of Dolan’s Domino book, is about understanding the domination game and getting the most out of it.
“To have a great domino game, you must be good at dominoing,” he notes.
“And if you want to be a great player, you need to be able to do a lot.”
If you want a better strategy for your next domino or tournament, Daren says to make sure you’re well-trained, and also have a strong sense of the game and its rules.
Practice it often,” he suggests.
“It may take a few domino tournaments before you start getting good.”
You can find more domina information on the Dolan website and on DolanDomino’s website.