A Professional Game

A Professional Game

The professional level of dominoes is similar to poker. There are many amateur domino player organizations and clubs around the world. Some organizations hold international competitions.

In addition to playing games. another use of the game of dominoes is the domino play, which involves standing them at the end of long lines so that when the first block is pushed, it causes the seconf block to tip, the third block to tip, and so on, so that all the blocks fall. Similarly, the phenomenon of small events that lead to similar events and ultimately to disaster is called the domino effect.

Millions of tiles have been arranged, taking minutes or even hours to fall off. For large and elaborate arrangements, special barriers (also known as fire protection) are placed at regular distances to prevent premature collapse and damage to a portion of the domino, while still being able to remove it without causing damage.

This phenomenon also has theoretical implications (amplifiers, digital signals, information processing), which in theory equals the possibility of building domino computers. Dominoes are also commonly used as components in Rube Goldberg machines.

Every year since 1986, the Netherlands has held an exhibition called Domino Day. The event, held on November 18, 2005, was defeated by a team from Weijers Domino Productions over 4 million dominoes.