After Texas Hold’em made smoky casino poker rooms and their steely-faced occupants famous, ESPN is angling to find the next big sport of chance. They’re betting on dominoes.
The game is popular with latinos and blacks in urban neighborhoods, where ESPN is scouring to find domino clubs and players for TV coverage. Could “el Natural” be the next Chris “Jesus” Ferguson? (Think “Jesus” with a spanish accent when you read that.)
The network is currently broadcasting domino games on their Spanish languade subsidiary and are planning domino-related programming on ESPN 2 this summer. If this takes off, I predict it’s only a matter of time before real money online dominoes becomes available.