Texas now has an official game

The 190 players at the 57th World Championship Domino Tournament in Carnegie, Okla. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, used old worn dominoes during the tournament. (AP Photo/J.Pat Carter)

May 13, 2011 11:26:02 AM PDT
The House has approved a resolution to make the domino game 42 the official table game of Texas. The measure was unanimously approved Friday morning during a flurry of consent bills. Despite the huge number of bills pending, state Rep. Erwin Cain of Sulphur Springs read a poem explaining the game and it's virtue as an alternative to poker. The poem was placed in the House journal.

The game is also known as Texas 42 and is played for four players forming two teams. For decades it's been called "the national game of Texas." The resolution would make the moniker official.

The resolution now goes to the Senate for consideration.