- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Texas Tech University Press; 3 Exp Upd edition (September 15, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0896725413
- ISBN-13: 978-0896725416
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Winning 42: Strategy and Lore of the National Game of Texas (Third Edition) Paperback – September 15, 2004
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Enter "Winning 42" by Dennis Roberson. In "Winning 42", Mr. Roberson lays it all on the table. He begins with a brief introduction to the rules and terminology of the game. He then jumps into one of the most difficult aspects of the game, bidding, and handles it with an ease and clarity that belie the difficulty of the topic. If you master this 14 page chapter alone, your game will take a quantum leap. He then spends a chapter discussing basic strategies for playing out your dominoes once you have won the bid. He then devotes two chapters to helping your partner and setting the bidder.Read more ›
If you want to learn 42 strategy, you'll profit from this book. The tutorials are extremely well thought out, and the rhetoric is just about perfect. Writing on a strategy game requires some thought, and Dennis Roberson has used his noggin in the writing of Winning 42.
By the way, the book is a great companion text for practice with Curtis Cameron's computer program, Win42. I haven't had so much fun in a very long time. I'm still reading--and studying, because this is as much a great textbook as it is a collection of stories about the game and those who play it.
I must say that I found the author's total dislike for and two-page description of Nel-o very disappointing. He even says, "it is an eminently uninteresting way to play, requiring little or no strategy". He goes on to say, "In fact, to play Nel-o, there is absolutely nothing in any of the preceding chapters that is any use at all. There is no strategy."
This is true for the game of Sevens and would be mostly true for Nel-o where, without further variation, doubles would always be high in their suit. What isn't covered at all in this book is the option in playing a Nel-o hand of stating how doubles are to be played. The author only states that "many Nel-o players will allow the bidder the option of declaring doubles high, low, or even their own suit. This inconsistency makes it just that much easier, unchallenging, and uninteresting to play Nel-o."
Many groups that I have played in contain a large number of players not familiar with Nel-o, but of the groups that play Nel-o, I've never run into people that did NOT play all three versions of how doubles are called - High in their suit, Low in their suit, or as a separate suit. This ability to call how doubles will be played for the hand, in my opinion, makes Nel-o very interesting and requires skillful play.
As a forty-year old Texan that has played 42 for thirty years now, 42 is one of my favorite games as long as you can play Nel-o and call your doubles.Read more ›
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I bought the book for my GA wife who is a naturalized Texan and loves 42. I had to read it before I gave it to her. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by James Oldfield
Great primer, MUST read for the new 42 player! Find your soul mate partner and get on the same page together for a lifetime of FUN! Get YOUR copy Today!!! GunnyPublished on August 21, 2013 by Jimmie D.
Enjoyed the history of how the game was created. Once it is learned in a family it is passed down through the generations.Published on July 29, 2013 by Gwen Byers
As a Texan & life long 42 player, it doesn't get any better than this excellent tutorial. The history of how the game came to be and it's spread through out the US & world is very... Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by David D
Bought this book when trying to learn how to play 42, it provided very good insight into how to play the game and how to win. Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by Guerrilla
If you need to know how to play 42 or sharpen your skills, this is the book. Everything about the game in absolute clarity and a good read to boot. Read morePublished on May 18, 2009 by Edward Dotson