State dominoes champions named

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

Jan. 24, 2011 at 7:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 23, 2011 at 7:24 p.m.

When Victoria resident Gene Migura was 7-years-old, he learned to play dominoes with his grandfather and six uncles. Growing up, the game was a Sunday tradition, he said.

"Every Sunday after church, the whole family would gather at my grandfather's house and we'd all play dominoes," Migura, 77, said.

Little did he know his love of the game would later earn him two first place wins at the Texas State Partners Dominoes Championship, held every third Sunday in January since 1951. Migura's first win was in 2011, followed by a second, first place win Sunday night. This year, Migura and his partner Sylvester Martinez, who learned to play dominoes in a Victoria pool hall when he was 20 years old, outplayed 92 partner teams at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Hallettsville, to win the 60th annual Texas State Dominoes Championship. Migura and Martinez began their first round around 9 a.m. and concluded Sunday evening at 11:45.

"You're so tired by the end, you're just glad it's over," Migura said. "It's a nice feeling though, you feel like you've really done something."

Martinez was equally thrilled about winning the game, but said part of the reason he enjoys competing is to spend time with old friends and fellow domino enthusiasts.

"We always have a real good time. It's so nice to see everyone there. It's exciting to win though," Martinez, 70, said.

The dominoes partners have been competing at the annual championship for nearly four years as a team, but have never won first place together.

"Last year we placed, but we've never won before. This time we made it all the way," Martinez said.



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