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Texas 42 is an enormously popular dominoes game, similar in style to bridge and spades. Invented about 120 years ago, two young boys were caught playing cards; a forbidden pastime which was put to a fiery end when the disapproving parents burned the offending deck.The determined and resourceful boys, William Thomas and Walter Earl, substituted dominoes for the cards (dominoes somehow considered sin-free) and invented a new game. They called it “42” and the rest is history. The Huntsville Public Library hosts Texas 42 every Monday at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public to play with other fans.“Our attendance numbers have continued to grow, with more locals coming in to enjoy fellowship with others,” said Mary Kokot, HPL Adult Services Coordinator.“The rules are not hard to follow, and the other players enjoy taking the time to teach newcomers the rules and strategies.”Kokot invites the public to stop by on Monday afternoons to make new friends.“Studies show playing dominoes can be beneficial for the mind as attention to detail and strategy are essential to play,” Kokot said.Please register in advance at MyHuntsvilleLibrary.com or call Mary at 936-291-5471 for more information.Games will be played weekly if 4 or more players register. This program is for adults 18 years and older.
FAQsNumber of players: FourDomino set required: Double-sixSetup: Players split into teams of two, with partners seated across from each other. After the dominoes are shuffled facedown, players draw seven tiles each to make up their hand (whoever shuffles picks last).Objective: To be the first team to score 250 points by bidding and winning tricks or by setting your opponent.