Each player draws 7 dominoes. Texas Friendly Method: Opponents of the dealer draw first, followed by the partner of the dealer; the dealer then claims the remaining seven dominoes. 


The total bid points available in any hand is 42:

·         1 point for each trick won
·         5 points for each “five-pointer” won: 5/0, 4/1, 3/2
·         10 points for each “ten-pointer” won: 5/5, 6/4

Bidding Rules

·         Bidding begins with the player to the left of the Shaker and proceeds clockwise
             ending with the Shaker
·         Each player may bid only once, in order
·         Highest bidder wins the bid (and declares trump)
·         Each player may either pass (not bid) or bid higher
·         If all players pass, the Shaker must bid at least the minimum bid (aka forced bid)
·         The minimum bid is 30 bid points
·         When bidding reaches 42 (aka one mark), only marks may be bid
·         Any player may bid up to 2 marks when 2 marks has not already been bid;
            subsequent bids may only be one additional mark
·         Marks bids require capturing (taking) all 7 tricks
·         Nello Bids (aka low, low-boy) – a bid contract where you must lose all the tricks,
             your teammate doesn’t play and turns their dominoes down on the table –
          Are NOT ALLOWED in this tournament. 

Note: Once a bid is announced, that player’s opportunity to bid has passed and bidding continues with the next player, ending with the Shaker. Should a player bid out of order, the opposing team may choose to continue playing the hand or have the hand shaken again (by the same Shaker). If continuing, the player may not change their bid when it’s their turn to bid, and if their bid is no longer available they must pass. 


The trump suit is declared by the winning bidder prior to playing the first domino. Valid suits are: blanks, ones (aces), twos (deuces), threes (treys), fours, fives, sixes, doubles, or no-trump (aka follow-me).    Trumps are a super suit that win over other suits when played per rules below.   If a trump suit is not declared before playing the first domino, the suit led in the first trick shall determine Trump. 


The winning bidder leads the first trick, followed in a clockwise manner by each player playing one of their dominoes.

For each trick, dominoes are played per the following rules:

·         Suit Order – for any suit, the win order hierarchy is determined by the highest
               opposite end played, except for the double which is always highest in its own
·         Trumps – any domino matching Trump is in the trump suit and never in any other
             “matching” suit; Trumps beat all other suits
·         Lead Anything – you may lead any domino in your hand
·         Suit Led – unless trump is led, the higher end of the domino led determines the
            Suit for the duration of that trick
·         Follow Suit – players must, if possible, play a domino in the suit lead; note:
            except for doubles, every domino matches 2 suits; dominoes with one side
          matching trump are always in the trump suit
·         Play Off – if void, play any non-trump domino as a loser
·         Play Trump – if void, play a trump, beating any non-trump played
·         Win Trick – a trick is won by playing the highest domino in the suit lead, or
           highest trump if trump is played
Each team shall keep one “stack” of tricks won, arranged in sets of tricks, laid in the order won, always visible to all players, and not re-arranged during the hand. In MARKS bids, bid winners may opt to stack tricks on top of each other in the center of the table in single- or double-stacking (alternating back and forth). Once played, a domino may not be moved.

 The player winning a trick leads the next trick. Play repeats until all seven tricks have been played.

In the interest of expediency, a player may stop the hand for any of the following conditions:

·         the bid-winning team captures the points bid, or
·         the opposing team sets the winning team – captures enough points to prevent
            the bid-winning team from achieving their bid contract, or
·         the player demonstrates a lay-down 

If (for any reason) the hand ends before all tricks are played (e.g., due to a lay-down or set), all dominoes shall be turned face up so that any mistakes or reneges can be identified.


If the team winning the bid captures enough points to reach their bid, they are awarded the winning mark(s). If their opponents capture enough points to prevent them from reaching their bid, the opponents are awarded the winning mark(s).

If neither team has yet won, continue playing further hands, rotating shakers, until someone wins.

Winning the Game

The first team to reach 7 marks, wins. Simple as that.

 We look forward to seeing you. Good Luck!

42 Tournament

Sponsored by Armstrong & Zenner families

Tournament starts at 1:00 PM - Sign up starts at noon under the pavilion.

Come out and have some fun -  meet new people.

$20.00 per team

Prizes - 2 sets of Dominoes 

We will be posting rules here.