Type of Dominoes Used: Any Domino
Type of Game: Trump & Trick Game
Nel-o is a BIDDING VARIATION for: Forty-Two, Seventy-Nine, Eighty, or Eighty-Eight hand.
The object of a Nel-O bid is to take no tricks.
The object of a Nel-O bid is to take no tricks. A Nel-O bidder's hand contains tiles so low he believes his opponents will be unable to force him to take a trick. If Nel-O is the winning bid, players must follow suit of the tile that is led on each trick, and there are no trumps. When a player bids Nel-O, his partner must turn the tiles in his hand facedown on the table until the end of the hand, while the bidder plays out the hand with the opposing team. The bidder leads with the first tile. The opponents follow suit of the higher number of that tile. The player who wins the trick is in the lead. For the remainder of the hand, the goal of the opponents is to play lower tiles than the bidder. The bidder is set if he takes one trick.
Some Nel-O players treat doubles as a separate suit, with every player following suit with a double if a double is led. Most, however, do not play by this rule.
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)