Jan 12, 2013 · 6:30 PM
I have had a number of requests to schedule a euchre tournament as people have enjoyed a little more competition then during the normal Thursday social play. Once a year, I open the house a second time in a month. This is the chance to show us your best card playing skills.
For those of you wondering why we have spots for 52 people when I cut-off the spots at a lower number for our regular meetups, I am willing to open my basement for this extra event. This is my house and I want to ensure that it stays a nice place to live, so I do protect certain areas. However, I am willing to move more furniture and pick-up tables from friends for a good cause. I just can't do it during a monthly meetup on a weekday. This is why there is a difference in the numbers of members who can attend.
The cost will be $15 to play. Ten dollars goes toward the costs and five dollars will go toward the cost of buying items for a teen resource center for Brent Place. Anyone who has spent more than a couple of hours around me knows that I am passionate about helping our at risk kids. Since the city and their partners have started to work at Brent Place, the calls to child protective services have decreased by a third and the crime has decreased by 16%. Last year, a friend donated a karoke machine to the group, and they wore the machine out because it has been so popular with the kids. I have a list of items that they would love to have, but one of the biggest is an X-box with Kinect. This item will allow the teens on a Friday to be active by being the controller. Many of these kids don't have access to a lot of activity. This money will make a difference. There are 4 Americorp volunteers there who hang out with the kids, so yes this is well controlled. This will make a huge difference to kids whose families struggle to even buy coats. You can also donate more, if you are so moved or send a check if you can't attend (and are so moved). These contributions are tax deductible and we can provide donation acknowledgement letters if needed.
We will not be offering instruction at the tournament. You need to have basic knowledge and skill. If you want to learn or need a refresher, please attend one of the social Thursday night games before signing-up for a tournament. If you know how to play, please come join us. You don't need to be an expert to play at the tournament. We have people of all skill levels (minus newbies) playing. If you have been to at least one social group, you are skilled enough to participate in the tournament. If you consider yourself a good euchre player and haven't played with us, you are welcome to come.
If you sign-up and find that you can't come, please change your RSVP as soon as possible. Backing out under 24 hours is not fair to the other players. A tournament works best when we have groups of 4! Thanks! This is my "tough love" message.
Finally, if your first name begins with K-Z you are on tap to bring a snack to share. Everyone should bring a beverage to share. I will have water and wine.
Rules of the tournament (subject to change depending on the number of people who sign-up):
Partnering: We will pull numbers out of a hat to start play. This will determine where you sit for the first game. After the first game, the winners move to the next table where they will split and become partners with the nonwinning partners (in a nonPC world, we would call them the losers) from that table. The idea is to partner with different people for each game. This is an individual tournament and not a partner tournament. If you play with someone regularly, you won't be partnered all the way through the tournament.
Play: We play stick the dealer, but not steal the deal--same as on Thursday. The only change from a regular game is that we only play 8 hands (every person gets to deal twice). Your score and the score of the other team is recorded on our spreadsheet. We don't play to 10. You may have 10 points, more than 10 points, or less than 10 points at the end of 8 hands. This keeps the tables on the same time schedule and makes rotating easier. All of this makes sense to most people in about one round.
Scoring: Based on individual score--person with the highest number of points win. In case of a time, the person who holds their opponents to the lowest number wins.
Prizes: There will be prizes for the top 3 finishers--thanks to Gary for supplying the trophies. A special prize will be awarded for the person with the lowest score.