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Play 42 where the game was invented
February 24 - February 25
Twin W Shuffle 42 Tournament Presented by The Doss and the National 42 Players Association
The Doss Heritage and Culture Center and the National 42 Players Association will host the Twin W Shuffle 42 Tournament Feb. 24-25 at the Doss, 1400 Texas Drive in Weatherford.
The game of 42 began with two teenage boys in the small community of Trapp Springs who were not allowed to play cards. Instead, they developed a game that allowed them to play a card-like game with dominos that has been designated the “State Domino Game of Texas” and is now played throughout state and around the world.
The game was developed by William Thomas, 12, and Walter Earl, 14, both of Trapp Springs, in present day Garner, in 1887.
“Cards were looked at as sinful prior to the turn of the century, although playing with dominos was allowed,” said Amanda Edwards, Curator of the Doss. In an interview the boys admitted they were caught playing cards and were disciplined by their devout Baptist parents. Since domino playing was acceptable to their parents they devised a four-player game using double-six dominos that incorporated bidding and trumps, very similar to the game of 42 played throughout Texas today.
“When the game spread, it was looked as a fun game that promoted good, clean fellowship,” continued Edwards. “It was even taken overseas by our troops during World War II and was a favorite game of many famous Texans including LBJ,” she said.
“We look forward to hosting a great tournament,” said Dean Hungate, Managing Director of the Doss. “It’s an honor to host a tournament in the place where it all began 130 years ago with the National 42 Association. It’s a great opportunity to watch some real masters play the game.”
For out of town players, special rates are available at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Weatherford at 850 I-20 (817-341-6299 or toll free 1-888 Holiday.) Ask for the special Doss 42 Tournament Rate and save 10 percent off your hotel room.
The cost to play is $20 per team from the Friday night practice round and $40 per team during the Saturday tournament. Teams are made of up two-players. Registration is available prior to the tournament at www.dosscenter.org. Members of the National 42 Players Association will be on hand Friday night to teach the game to new players.
For more information, call the museum at 817-599-6168.