Puerto Rico to Slam-A-Dom
BARBADOS’ MOST LUCRATIVE domino tournament is about to get rich with international exposure.
President of the Puerto Rico Federation, Jose Cuco Hernandez, will be contesting all three divisions of this week’s fourth annual Slam-A-Dom Extravaganza as Barbados continues to build its relationship with its Spanish-speaking neighbour through dominoes.
National Domino, Whist and Hearts Clubs’ Association of Barbados head Rodney Inniss confirmed Hernandez’s participation just days ahead of the start of the four-day tournament.
“They have a lot of respect for us because Barbados’ standard of play is very high,” said Inniss of Puerto Rico’s interest in local dominoes.
“They are impressed with what we do down here and how we have so many people playing dominoes for such a small country, so they want to expose us to their Spanish league.“
Jose is also coming to market their world tournament that’s in September and that would be a great opportunity for us to see different styles and mingle the two nationalities.”
Perennial World champions Barbados have traditionally attracted the interest of the Caribbean in dominoes, evidenced by the increasing participants in the Slam-A-Dom tournament from Guyana, Antigua and St Lucia.
However, the tournament has grown so much in stature as to attract interest from Dominica, Puerto Rico and even a non-traditional playing country like the United States.This year’s tournament is expected to draw about 400 players to contest three categories for $26 000 in prize money.
And the numbers might even surpass that with the addition of the new Mount Gay/Atlantic Computers Team Three-Hand competition.
“Three-hand is very popular, almost like Twenty20 cricket,” Inniss explained.
“It is hugely popular because you play as an individual, so you win as an individual. It is a shorter format of the game and very exciting.”
Cathie-Ann Rollins returns to defend her Banks Individual Three-Hand title against the likes of last year’s runner-up Rhonda Jemmott and Marva Drakes, while Terry Grant is on the hunt for a three-peat in the Supligen Four-Hand Pull-A-Rama.
The Slam-A-Dom Extravaganza is also being used to raise funds for veteran national player Keith “Monga” Goddard, who is hospitalized with cancer.
A former national captain, Goddard has represented Barbados for the last 29 years and serves as an honorary member of the association.