Cuban Double-Nine Dominoes

| By Alejandro Benes | From Brian Cox, November/December 2021
Cuban Double-Nine Dominoes
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The clatter of colliding plastic fills the air in Miami’s Little Havana. To the uninitiated, this might sound like someone dropped a bucket of marbles. The noise is actually from sets of 55 dominoes being “shuffled” violently against one another on numerous tabletops. The shufflers are about to play Cuban Double-Nine Dominoes in Domino Park. If baseball is Cuba’s national sport, dominoes is the game of the Cuban people. No matter where they are. “Since I was a kid, my father always played,” says Jorge Padrón, president of Padrón Cigars. He’s speaking of José Orlando Padrón, his father and the company’s Cuban-born founder. “In the old house, he put an air-conditioner …
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