(This is how the sample hand could be played with no indicating)

, Steve and Will are from Austin. They play 42 every Friday night. EllaNancy shuffles, and each draws the same dominos as in the original sample. Ella bids first.
(sits left of shuffler Nancy) begins the bid. She has four fives
she could call trump, but she doesn't have the double-five (a ten-count) so she passes. (I would have bid 31 since I could afford to lose the trick with the double-five; however, trying to get back in the lead to "walk" my deuces would be risky. In this hand, Steve has the double-five, would win the trick when it was played, and could come back with his double-blank Ella - The bid rotates clockwise to
who has three doubles. He bids 30. If he gets the bid, he would probably call fours trump or call no-trumps ("follow-me"). In this case, unbeknownst to Steve, his partner (Nancy) has the other three trumps if he called fours as trump. If Nancy and Steve were to play their dominos wisely, they wouldn't have any problem making 30.Steve is strong in treys and sixes, so he bids 31. If he gets the bid, he could call either treys or sixes as trumps. In this case, he wants to try sixes, hoping his partner has the six-four Will (last bidder) is strong in aces. Since her partner (Steve) bid 30, she assumes he can provide some help, so she bids 32 and calls aces trump. (Bidding more than 32 was not necessary since Nancy had last bid, and the previous high bid was 31. If Nancy would have had to bid higher than 32 to get the bid, she could have bid as much as 35 without being set [as demonstrated Nancy got the bid (aces trump):
Nancy/Steve
takes the trick.NancyTrick #2: leads the second highest trump NancySteve) cannot follow suit so he plays the double-five Will cannot follow suit, so he "throws off" the trey-blank takes the trick.NancyTrick #3: Since has the (the other ten-count), it is relatively "safe" for her to lead the (it won't draw the out). Her partner (NancySteve) cannot follow suit, so he plays his four-blank takes the trick with the . Her partner (EllaWill) could have taken the trick with his , but decided to save it in hopes of "catching" the later.Trick #4: leads her double-deuce Ellatakes the trick which includes the five-count Ella Nancy had to play.Trick #5: leads the (a "walker" since the other six deuces have already been played). Ella "trumps in" with the four-ace NancyTrick #6: leads the hoping her partner can take the lead. Her partner (Nancy) takes the trick with the double-four SteveTrick #7: leads his five-four Steve get a mark on the score pad, and Nancy/Steve shuffles ("shakes") the dominos for the next hand.
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