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Billiard Tournament 2019

November 2, 2019 Leave a comment

Annual Billiard tournament 2019

Photo # 1 From left Millie Asencio, Nereida Pellot, Angel Pellot, Hector Peña, Herman Santa, Marco Peña, Al Peña, Carlos Bonet, Ivan Guanill, Nelson Feliciano, Al Feliciano, Felix Asencio and Luis Arroyo

By Herman Santa

The Spanish American Club, Inc. Billiard Tournament was hosted Saturday, November 2, at Shooters Billiards 8991 Federal Hwy, PSL at the corner of US1 and village green in Port St. Lucie.

Club member Ivan Guanill coordinated the event. The event produced enthusiastic participation by club members. The billiard tournament featured a ration of 12 players in a round single’s play. The entry fee was $5 per player. The players that lost two games were declared out of the competition.

Winners: Angel Pellot, 1st. Place Felix Asencio 2nd. Place.  Other players that participated were: Hector Peña, Herman Santa, Marco Peña, Al Peña, Carlos Bonet, Nelson Feliciano, Al Feliciano, Luis Arroyo and Roberto Belardo. Thanks to Ivan Guanill and his committee and to all participants who made this annual event a big success.

The next event has been scheduled for Saturday, November 30, to celebrate the “Annual Thanksgiving Dance”. The event is going to be catered and reservations are required. For more information, contact the president of the club Carlos Bonet at (917) 204-6141 or email at

Torneo anual de Billar del SACI

Por Herman Santa

El “Spanish American club, Inc.” llevó a cabo su Torneo Anual de Billar en el”Shooters Billiards” en la ciudad de Port St. Lucie.

El torneo se celebró el sábado 4 de noviembre.  El evento fue coordinado por Iván Guanill.  Angel Pellot conquistó el Primer Lugar y en segundo lugar quedó Félix Asencio.

El formato del torneo fue de 12 jugadores en “Single Play”.  El que pierde 2 juegos queda eliminado.  Entre los participantes estuvieron:  Este Servidor, Hector Peña, Marco Peña, Al Peña, Carlos Bonet, Nelson Feliciano, Al Feliciano, Luis Arroyo y Roberto Belardo

Por medio del periódico La Voz, quiero agradecer a Carlos Bonet, presidente del club por dejarnos organizar el torneo.  También quiero agradecer a los integrantes del comité Angel y Nereida Pellot que ayudaron a Iván con el torneo.  Finalmente, gracias a todos los participantes que dijeron presente.

El próximo evento del club está planeados para celebrar la “Fiesta de Acción Gracias” el sábado 30 de noviembre en el Elks Lodge en la ciudad de Port St. Lucie. El evento es con cena y no pueden traer su licor. Para reservación contactar al presidente del club Carlos Bonet al (917) 204-6141 o correo electrónico:  Para información con respecto al club visite:

Photo # 2 From left Angel Pellot, Ivan Guanill and Felix Asencio

Photo # 3 From Marco Peña, Al Peña, Angel Pellot, Nereida Pellot, Hector Peña, Ivan Guanill, Felix Asencio and Millie Asencio

Photo # 4 From left Angel Pellot, Ivan Guanill and Felix Asencio

Dominó Rules

November 2, 2019 Leave a comment

Dominoes practices of the SACI 

By Herman Santa/Ivan Guanil


500 (Quinientos) This game is for 4 players (2 partners) and the first team to score 500 points wins the match. The match is made of several bonus point situations described below.

The winning team of the first game in the match scores a bonus 100 points, the winner in the second game scores a bonus of 75 points, 50 points in the third game, and 25 in the fourth. No bonus points are scored for winning the fifth game and on. If a game is won by a “Chuchazo” or a “Capicú” the wining team scores an additional 100 points in that hand.

 Rules and Regulations of the The Spanish American Club, Inc. (SACI) DOMINO TOURNAMENT

1. The SACI Domino Tournament is open to all members in good standing. Members can sponsor non-members over 21 years of age. Members will be responsible for their guest(s) who agrees to follow the Rules and Regulations of the tournament.

2. The tournament will take place annually at the St Lucie Lanes on a Saturday in the conference room of the Bowling Alley, located at 6759 S US 1, Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34952. The teams will be selected randomly from a lottery. The tournament begins promptly at 9:00 AM. SACI will sponsor a Continental breakfast starting at 8:30 A.M.

3. Members’ entry fee is $15 per person and $20 per non-member(s) fee. There will be at least two brackets (male and female brackets). The tournament team winners (men and ladies) will receive cash and trophies. The winners of each bracket will play each other for SACI’s Domino Championship.

4. The tournament will be played through a series of rounds. At the end of each round the winning team advances to the next round and continues to play until one team is determined a winner.

5. Each game will consist a total of four (4) players seated at a table by random assignment. A team consist of two players.

6. To start off a game, the player that has doubled six will start off the game. The loser of the hand will shuffle the dominoes and the winners will start picking the dominoes first.

7. Each player draws seven (7) dominoes. Once the dominoes are set, they can only be touched to play the individual domino. No one player shall touch more than one domino before playing. There shall be no gestures, emotions or motion during each hand (for example: slamming dominoes on the table).

8. The previous hand winner may lead off with any domino he/she wishes, and plays it face-up in the center of the table.

9. The player to the right (counter clockwise) of the lead player must play a domino, which matches either end of the dominoes lead by the first player. Subsequently, dominoes are added to either end of the resulting chain.

10. All doubles are laid crosswise on the chain.

11. If at any time a player cannot add a domino to the end of one of the chains then they must pass and allow the next player to continue.

12. If a player has a domino in his/her hand, and can play it, then he/she must play it; he/she cannot pass. The hand will be forfeited and the team committing the infraction will be penalized—twenty-five (25) points. The non-penalized team will start the next hand.

13. If a player plays the wrong domino, he/she will receive a warning (for the first miscue) and the domino shown will be placed on the table to his/her right side. This domino must be played at first opportunity and cannot be the winning domino. If that team again commits the same error they will be penalized ten (10) points to be deducted at the time of the infraction and any time thereafter.

14. At the end of each hand, the winner counts first – losers recount second.

15. The team that reaches 200 game points—the fastest wins the game and moves on to the next round.

16. In the event the game is locked and players cannot play their remaining dominoes then the team with the lowest total number of spots on their dominoes (held in hand) wins that hand.

17. All decisions by tournament officials are final.

18. Advancing teams shall remain in the area of play to promptly begin their next round.

19. Advancing teams not seated at the start of a round, forfeits their participation.

20. Lunch begins at 12:00 noon sharp.

Mission: The Spanish American Club, Inc. is a non-profit Organization founded in 1992, whose main goals are to promote friendship and solidarity among its members and other institutions, through social, cultural and civic activities and to promote the knowledge of the Spanish speaking countries’ geography, history, art, culture and folklore. x

Some Puertorican Dominó Terms:

“Mano” – The term is used to refer to the player whith the least dominoes. The player who (provided he didn’t get a Pase [a pass]) would win the game. If this player gets a pass, it is said that: he/she lost ‘la Mano’, and that the next person after him/her with the least dominoes is now Mano.

“Chucha” – The name of the double-blank bone and “Chuchazo” – When the “Chucha” is the winning bone (the last bone played by the player who goes domino). There is no “Chuchazo” when the “Tranque” in a blocked game is the “Chucha”.

“Capicú” – When the winning bone can play on either open end of the layout. Doesn’t apply when the winning bone is a double.

“Tranque” – It’s the name given to the last bone legally played before a game gets blocked.

“Ahorcado” – A hanged double. A double that can no longer be played because all the other 6 dominoes in that suit have been played.

“Pase” – It’s when a player or team can’t play. When a player passes, it is customary to knock one of his bones on the table as a signal that he is passing. Alternately he/she can signal the pass by saying the word “Paso” (Pass). There are some games where there are bonus points for teams making their opponents pass.

Billiard Rules

November 2, 2019 Leave a comment

Eight ball – High – Low

By Ivan Guanill

Players play once against each other until two losses eliminates players.

1. Flip coin to determine who breaks. Winner breaks next game. Flip coin to

determine who breaks if both players have won their previous game.

2. On break: If eight ball falls in pocket, it is not a scratch, that player wins the game. If eight ball falls in pocket, and cue ball scratches or falls off pool table, player then loses.

3. Safe play must be called, maximum three (3) per game and cue ball must hit a ball and then the cushion.

4. Must hit your ball first. If any of your balls go in, you continue shooting.

5. You don’t have to call your pocket. Must call pocket for eight ball.Paragraph

6. Eight ball must go in the pocket your last ball went in.

7. While shooting eight ball, if you scratch cue ball or cue ball goes off the table, you lose the game.

8. If you scratch the cue ball or it goes off the table, all other balls will remain where they are.

9. You will lose your shot if you touch balls accidentally or otherwise with


10. If you work eight (8) ball “intentionally” near a pocket not designated as

your last pocket, it will automatically be cause for spotting eight (8) ball.Paragraph

Maximum number of players is 20. First come first serve basis.