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Domino & Dominousa History

The precise details of the invention and origin of dominoes are subject to much conjecture, but by whoever and wherever they were first developed they have since become one of the most hugely popular and versatile gaming implements ever devised by man, played by kings, presidents and commoners alike, all over the world.

The invention of dominoes is most often attributed to the Chinese in the 12th-century. But some attribute their origins to Egypt and Asia from a much earlier time in history. Probably the earliest known domino set was found in the ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamen’s tomb in Thebes. Tutankhamen reigned in Egypt’s 18th dynasty, around 1355 BC, and the set discovered is now on display in an Egyptian museum in Cairo. The earliest known Chinese set of dominoes has been dated to 1120 AD. Of course, it is possible that dominoes, like ordinary dice, were developed independently by a number of different cultures all around the world at various different times in mankind’s history.

Today, dominoes, in one form or another, are played all over the world but are most popular in South American countries and the Caribbean where they are considered to be the national game of many nations.

Dominousa is a non – profit organization founded in 2006 with the help of then President of the International Domino Federation Mr. Eduardo Petreñas and with the contribution of Mr. Timothy Hemphill, Dr. Miguel Lugo, Mr. William Almodóvar (Deceased),Mr. Lino Garcia and Mr. Manuel Oquendo (President of Dominousa).

Today Dominousa organizes, promotes domino around the nation, publishes the most widely read domino books in the world, “How to play like a Champion” by Dr. Miguel Lugo and maintains and updates a ratings database for over 10,000 players. U.S. Scholastic Domino is booming. Thousands of children compete each year in national scholastic tournaments in Orlando, Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles.

The first U.S Championship was held in 2008 at Walt Disney in Florida breaking a Guinness World Record and televised by ESPN Deportes, which promoted many of these Domino tournaments.

The most important development in Domino in the past decade has been Internet Domino and computer technology. There are numerous Internet Dominoes venues such as net – domino in which amateurs and professionals practice their openings, network and compete for cash prizes and rating points.

The future of American Domino is promising. Domino is increasingly covered by mainstream media, and since the game has rarely appeared on U.S. television, there is room for growth here. Another untapped Domino market is the female population. Right now only 20% of Dominousa members are women. Raising this number would substantially increase Dominousa membership and also improve the image of Domino. Schools across the country are adopting Domino as part of the regular curriculum.


Related Historical & Domino Reading

Ciencia & Arte en el Dominó – (El Tigre de Carayaca)

Dominó Internacional Organizado – (William Almodóvar)

El Arte de las 28 Piedras – (Alfredo Fernández Porras)

El Dominó – (William Ríos Felce)

Dominó a Compañeros – (Francisco Gaspar Jiménez)


Become a Member

To become a member or to find a club in your area please contacts Dominousa at: info@dominousa.org