Playing the “National Game of Texas”

The Texas State Championship 42 Domino Tournament is in Hallettsville  this weekend, and members of the Austin 42 Club, the largest league in the state, prepare for the big game.

On a rainy night last January, Darrell Morgan, the tournament coordinator for the Austin 42 Club, sat at a table in the wood-paneled Local Pub & Patio waiting for seven small, square tables to fill up. In only five weeks, players would be testing their luck and strategy at the Texas State Championship 42 Domino Tournament, scheduled for March 3 in Hallettsville, and he was expecting several Austin teams to come and practice at that night’s mini-tournament.

Like many who began taking their seats at the tables, Morgan learned the domino game called 42 as a child, but upon joining the Austin 42 club he quickly realized that this group played much tougher than his family had. Morgan, who seems to be a straitlaced person,

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