July 2020: The 5th edition is now available.

Winning 42
Strategy and Lore of the National Game of Texas
A Book by Dennis Roberson

(Mouseovers for Chapters 14 & 15)

  1.  In a Nutshell: Rules and Terms of 42
  2.  Bidding
  3.  How to Play Your Hand After Winning the Bid
  4.  Helping Your Partner Make a Bid
  5.  How to Set the Bidder
  6.  Concentration and Style
  7.  Taking Every Trick: The 84 Bid
  8.  Setting the 84 Bid
  9.  Doubles as Trumps and No Trumps
10.  Tournament Scoring
11.  Talking Across the Board
12.  Advanced Bidding and Playing
13.  Optional Variations: Nel-O, Sevens, and Plunge
14.  Lone Star Domino Phenomenon: A Century of 42 Players
15.  42-Playin' Texas Celebrities
16.  Statistical Odds

(Posted with permission from the author, 20 July 2005)

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Webmaster Proft's Notes:
    • I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who loves 42 or wants to learn the game. Mr Roberson tells the reader how to play, offers sage advice on strategy, and discusses other aspects about the game that many folks don't know.
    • He tells you how it started in Texas, who plays, and other interesting anecdotes. The new 5th edition has content updates and comments about 42 in cyberspace.
    • Here's the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) article on 42: Forty-Two.
    • Texas Country Reporter with Dennis on 42 and Hallettsville (YouTube video).
    • Here's a commentary by Dennis on indicating in the game of 42.
    • Here's the chronology for 42 becoming the State Domino Game of Texas.
    • Here's another worthy 42 handbook, by J. Ronald Adair, © 2015: ′Killer′ 42.

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