Dhani Jones will try Jai Alai this Monday Night on the Travel Channel

We're not sure what Jai Alai is, but apparently in Northern Spain plays it, which is translated "the game of dodging death" and "ballet with bullets". After hours and hours of exhaustive reading and research (aka, a Wikipedia search), I learned how the game is played.

The court (or cancha) for jai alai consists of 3 walls (front, back, and left), and the floor between them in play. If the ball (called a "pelota") touches the floor outside these walls, it is considered out of bounds. Similarly, there is also a border on the lower 3 ft (about 1 m) of the front wall that is also out of bounds. The ceiling on the court is going horizontally the second team. The winner of each point stays on the court to meet the next team in rotation. Losers go to the end of the line to await another turn on the court. The first team to score 7 points (or 9 in Superfecta games) wins. The next highest scores are awarded "place" (second) and "show" (third) positions, respectively. Playoffs decide tied scores.

This Monday, Dhani Jones will be introduced to the "400-year-old obsession of North Spain", which premiere's on Monday night at 9pm on the Travel Channel.

Click here for a preview on YouTube.

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