Women power at SVL domino in Portmore
The exciting Supreme Ventures Domino Master Series descended upon Caymanas Park in Portmore for a second time last Sunday and for the first time since the series started, two women made it to the final table.
In a historic twist, the final round witnessed Monique Cunningham and Natasha Brown vying for dominance alongside the men. Brown, who showcased her exceptional domino skills and strategic mastery, emerged as the highest-placed woman in the competition thus far, taking the runner-up spot.
The single mother, Brown, has been playing domino for only two years, and she was happy to stave off the competition, which included more than 150 participants.
"It feels wonderful to beat all the men seeing as how domino is seen as a male dominating sport. I love the game, and this performance shows that men can do it, but we women can do it better," Brown said.
Through her second-place finish, Brown has qualified for the grand final and hopes to go one better on the big stage.
"The aim is to win the final because that would go a far way in helping me out financially as a single mom."
Meanwhile, Monique Cunningham demonstrated her dominoes acumen, securing an admirable fourth-place position and proving her mettle against the fierce competition.
"The motivation from my friend, who was there to cheer me on, boosted me to reach that far. I have never gambled domino in my life, and I would play a lot on my phone, so I hope I can go all the way and win the big prize," said Cunningham, who also qualifies for the grand final.
In the meantime, a confident Oshane Waite emerged as the overall champion as he boldly proclaimed that winning would be, "too easy," and as fate would have it, his prediction was accurate, as he made light work of his opponents and claimed the title of Portmore champion, walking away with a well-deserved cash prize of $150,000.
The other finalist, Dwayne Brissett, secured a commendable third-place finish, displaying remarkable skill and tenacity throughout the cut-throat style domino tournament.
Speaking after the Portmore tournament, Dwayne Tulloch, the senior vice-president of Retail and Customer Operations at Supreme Ventures Limited, expressed his excitement for the upcoming national championship.
"After weeks of action and some exciting showdowns across Jamaica, the SVL team is very pleased to see the growth of the Supreme Domino Master Series. We say a big thank you to the hundreds of players who have come out week after week to showcase their skills," Tulloch said.