Domino players invading Hallettsville for tournament
By BY SONNY LONG - SLONG@VICAD.COM
Jan. 24, 2013 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 23, 2013 at 7:24 p.m.
A LONG HISTORY
Dominoes are thought to have originated in China in the 12th century, though Egyptian or Arabian origins are also theorized. Dominoes appeared in Italy in the early 18th century and spread to the rest of Europe throughout the remainder of the 1700s, becoming one of the most popular games in both family parlors and pubs alike.
The work "domino" appears to have derived from the traditional appearance of the tiles - black dots on a white background - which is reminiscent of a "domino," a kind of hood worn by Christian priests.
For the 60th time, domino players from across the country will shake their bones in Hallettsville, trying to claim the title of Texas state champion.
The Texas State Championship Domino Tournament will take place Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 321 U.S. Highway 77 in Hallettsville.
While the double elimination partner play begins Sunday with between 280 and 300 players expected, tiles will also be set down Friday night at the K of C Hall during the annual Wild Game Supper and Big Buck Contest.
"Some of the best wild game cooks in Lavaca County, who really know how to prepare these meals, will be on hand," said Kenneth Henneke, one of the event organizers.
A $10 donation gives attendees an opportunity to taste deer, wild hog, duck, geese, dove, rabbit and more from 5 to 11:30 p.m.
In addition to the supper, winners of the 26th annual Big Buck Contest will be announced.
Divisions include Lavaca County, state of Texas, South Texas, Lavaca County Youth and state of Texas Youth.
Other highlights of the night include drawings for a four-wheeler and a rifle. Area merchants will also have hunting and other outdoor products on display.
Sunday's domino tournament action begins with registration starting at 7 a.m. Tournament play begins at 9 a.m.
Entry fee is $15 per player. The top five teams win prizes.
At 8:30 a.m., R.L. Orsak, of Hallettsville, and Lyndon Livingston, of Kinder, La., will be inducted into the Texas Domino Hall of Fame.
Barbecue chicken plates will be on sale for lunch, and hamburgers will be sold throughout the day.
"When you come to Hallettsville and play dominos, you are going to face some stiff competition," Henneke said. "If you win, you've really done something at the most prestigious domino tournament in the country."