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Domino hall of fame to induct 2

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Jan. 21, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 20, 2014 at 7:21 p.m.


If she had her way, Elrose Kahanek wouldn't show up for her own induction into the Texas Domino Hall of Fame on Sunday.

"There's folks way more deserving than me," Kahanek said. "Everywhere I go, people are congratulating me. I'm honored."

Kahanek and husband, Jessie, have hosted domino tournaments every Friday night for the last four years at Saguaro's, a community gathering place about 5 miles north of Hallettsville.

The Kahaneks previously owned an antique store there, but it burned down in 1998.

"It was my fault. I was cooking soup," Kahanek, 77, recalled. "I got called away to do something else, forgot about the soup and went to sleep.

"We used to play dominoes, 42, pool and volleyball. We had a great time.

"But I still play dominoes every chance I get."

If she attends Sunday's induction ceremony, Kahanek will share that great time with fellow inductee Edmund Kacer, of Ganado.

The 8:30 a.m. Hall of Fame festivities are part of the 62nd annual Texas State Dominos Championship at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 321 U.S. Highway 77in Hallettsville.

"We average about 280 players a year during the Sunday tournament," said Kenneth Henneke, one of the event organizers. "People come from all over the country to play.

"Lots of people come out to watch and cheer on their favorites. A lot of people like dominoes."

Registration begins at 7 a.m. Sunday with play starting at 9 a.m. The tournament is double-elimination partner play. Cost is $30 per team.

The top five teams will win prizes.

A barbecue chicken meal will be served at noon along with plates to-go. Hamburgers and refreshments will be served all afternoon.

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