Last update: 14 Apr 2019

For 42 Beginners

If you are new to the game of 42, welcome!

This website has information on 42 history and demographics; however, the only thing you need to do at this time is read the Playing Instructions, and you're ready to go. Playing is the best way to learn.

After you've learned the mechanics of the game, you can then focus on bidding and defensive strategies. A lot of this you will pick up as you play. Playing Tips are also available.

When you feel you're ready to up your game, you might consider playing in 42 tournaments. If you do that, you will be exposed to some savvy, street-wise players. They can teach you a lot.

Observation skills are important in 42 competition. Some tournament players will use indicating tactics that are not obvious to you. Take a look at Bidding and Indicating Practices for an overview.

Don't forget that you will have a partner who can help make your bid or set your opponents. Good luck, and enjoy the game.

Paul Proft, e-mail

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Recommended reading:

‘Killer’ 42, a definitive handbook for learning and playing the game of 42 by J. Ronald Adair © 2004-2015.  (Note: ‘Killer’ 42 addresses straight 42 and also discusses some social variations that are not allowed in 42 tournaments sanctioned by the National 42 Players Association. The N42PA rules are posted here.)

Winning 42 by Dennis Roberson © 1997, 2000, 2004, 2009

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