About the Games Pro!

May 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Welcome to GamesPro.com!  I’m Rick Osgood, and back in 1974 I opened a traditional games store called Rick’s Darts & Games.  Since then, I’ve  played, taught, & sold thousands of  games to tens of thousands of people.  This site is my opportunity to pass on some of the knowledge and tips that I’ve accumulated in the last 40 years as the “Games Pro”. What will you find here? Game Descriptions – Game Rules – Game Organizations Game Photos – Collectable Games – Gaming Events Ideas & Suggestions for gatherings & holidays with Family & Friends Game Tips & Advice ! Please check back often for the latest additions to GamesPro.com! Thanks for visiting! Rick Osgood The “Games Pro”, since 1974!   About our Domain Name: This site,  GamesPro.com was established on Dec. 1, 1998.     GamesPro.com is the original “Games Pro” web site! Some may confuse our site with another company, [more…]


May 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dominoes is a table game played with numbered tiles.  Believed to have originated in the Orient, dominoes is especially popular in the southern United States and in countries surrounding the Caribbean sea. X6 Domino Sets are the most common, and contain 28 domino tiles, sometimes called “bones”.  Most popular domino games for 2 to 4 people can be played with a set of X6 dominoes. (The letter X means “Double”)   If more people are going to play, sets with more tiles are generally required, such as X9, X12, X15, or X18. Many variations exist that use additional tiles or special tiles, a few of which are Spinner, Mexican Train, Chickenfoot, Wild Card Dominoes, Poker Dominoes, and Tri-ominoes.  In Texas and Louisiana, one of the most common competitive domino games is called “42”. Commonly played in community centers and bars, competitive dominoes is generally a 4-player game. Local tournaments are [more…]


May 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Darts refers to a type of game in which (typically) a pointed object is thrown at a target on a wall. There are many variations, a few of which of which do not strictly meet the common definition.

Domino Racks

April 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Domino games are played with rectangular tiles, which are manufactured in a variety of sizes and thicknesses.  During domino play, each player lines up a hand of tiles on a table-top.  The domino tiles are setup standing on-edge, with the spots side facing the player. While small tiles are portable and light weight, they tend to tip over during play.  Thick tiles do fall over as easily, but someone giving the table a strong nudge can still knock over one or more player’s tiles. Of course, that is not desirable, as it lets everyone else see what dominoes you have in your hand! One solution to this problem is to use a Domino Rack.  There are many styles of these, but all of them are designed to securely hold tiles on edge, generally by means of shallow grooves.   Materials may be wood, plastic, or metal. Domino tables, specifically made for [more…]

Round-Corner Dice

March 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Square-corner dice are the most common type, and are used in playing craps and most dice games played on large table-tops.  However, they do not tumble well in a confined area, such as a dice box. For backgammon and other games using a dice box, round-corner dice tumble more easily, resulting in good random throws in a confined area.  Many games such as Farkle also use round-corner dice. Most dice, whether square or rounded corner style, have spots that are shallow drilled holes, and corners that are smoothed in a tumbling drum.  The random nature of this shaping process may result in corners that may be slightly different, which will cause the odds to be different for each side of the die. For casino or tournament use, special precision round-corner dice are manufactured by means of a milling machine that cuts the dice to very precise tolerances.  Each side, and [more…]

Dartboard Setup

February 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Bristle dartboards are typically hung on a wall or backboard with a mounting bracket that allows it to rotate around the center.  The purpose of this is to allow the dartboard to be periodically rotated, thus spreading the wear out over the entire surface of the dartboard. The center, or Bull of the dartboard should be hung at 5 ft 8 inches in height.  This often corresponds to the middle of the wall-hanging bracket. The throwing distance for steel-pointed darts, using a bristle dartboard, is 5 ft 8 inches, as measured along the floor from the plane of the face of the dartboard. Another way of measuring the distance to the throwing line is to measure the diagonal distance from the center of the Bull, out and down to the floor.  That distance from the Bull to the Toe Line should be exactly 9 ft, 7-3/8 inches.  No part of [more…]

Card Holders

January 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Card Holders make it easy to handle unwieldy large hands of cards, especially when playing games such as Hand & Foot, Bridge, or Canasta.  Using narrow type playing cards can help, but for any game requiring hands of a dozen or more cards, card holders become very popular. Made of wood, metal, or plastic, card holders are also popular with people suffering from arthritis or other ailments that impair grip or dexterity.  People with small hands, and children, also find some card games more enjoyable when they don’t have to work to hold their hand of cards. These holders are available in two general types:  hand-held, or table top.   For card enthusiasts with limited manual dexterity, the type that rests on a table top may be preferred.  In the image above, the top two holders are made to rest on a table, while the bottom three are of the hand-held [more…]

Casino Precision Dice

September 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Casino quality dice, also called “Precision Dice”, also do no not have any holes drilled in them for the spots. Made of resilient plastic, they are manufactured to exact measurements and very tight tolerances. Instead, each spot is a very shallow recess inlaid with a contrasting-color material that is the same density as the body of the die.  The body of the die is often transparent or translucent, so that dealer can easily spot any “weighted” or altered dice than a player might try to sneak into a game. Dice used in casinos are also usually numbered, so that dice table dealers can track the usage of each die, and spot any cheater’s attempt to switch dice during a game.  Casinos also generally imprint the casino name on the dice, which further deters cheaters.   In addition to numbering, new precision dice that are sold via retail outlets may be packaged [more…]

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