In Venezuela, dominoes are considered a sport. This is according the Orlando Sentinel, which reports today that Disney World is hosting the 6th Annual Domino World Championship this week to determine the top tiles player.
The head of the International Domino Federation, which organizes the event, is a Venezuelan man named Lucas Guittard. Many others involved also hail from Venezuela.
It is no coincidence, for the game is well-loved throughout the country, from Caracas to Canaima. Players often take it seriously, whether they compete in official matches or simply while sipping rum with friends.
This week’s world domino competition will be filmed by ESPN Deportes and aired later this summer. In the meantime, read this article from the New York Times about how dominoes are played in Haiti.