What’s unique: 3 players and plays like Forty-Two but without count dominoes or partners. In this game, bidding starts at 4 tricks and goes as high as 7, called “shooting the moon.” There are only 3 players, and each bids or passes once. They can bid 7 or 21: 21 being the game. Failing costs the bidder the points/tricks he or she bid. The opponents get points for the tricks they captured. Tricks are 1 point. All tiles with blanks, excepting only the double-blank, are removed from a double-6 set, leaving 22 tiles. Players each draw 7 tiles. The extra is the “widow” for the bidder’s hand. If the tile is used, the bidder discards another tile. Pips are used as suits, with the double being highest.
Reprinted with permission of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., NY, NY from GREAT BOOK OF DOMINO GAMES by Jennifer Kelley, ©1999 by Jennifer Kelley. (The Sterling book is available as PUREMCO'S GREAT BOOK OF DOMINO GAMES)