The cost will be $20 to play.
If we have approximately 40 participants in the tournament the prizes will be as such:
$150 for first place.
$100 for second place
$ 50 for third place
Last place gets $10 back (plays for free)
Plus you get to hold on to and display the appropriate Alexandria Euchre Tournament trophies until the next tournament (which will be over the winter).
Every tournament we pick a charity to support and this time Christine has been nice enough to offer the remaining proceeds from this tournament to support my charity bike ride that I do from Miami to Key West (165 miles) every year. The ride is known as the Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride Twenty-Thirteen (aka The SMART Ride).
The SMART Ride is the second largest cycling event of its kind in the country (first place going to the AIDS Life Cycle in California). It is, however, the only cycling event of its size to give 100 percent of its proceeds away to direct services for individuals infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. I look at this ride as my East Coast Opportunity to make a difference in the fight against HIV / AIDS.
Not only am I doing the ride, but I've formed a team to go to Florida (there are 10 of us) to represent the NoVA / DC area. If you want to see our training updates and how close we are to our team goal of raising $25,000 (a lofty goal indeed) feel free to visit:
$10 of your $20 entrance cost (as well as any other pledge you may feel like making the night of the tournament or at the link above) is fully tax deductible and I will be giving you a receipt stating that you've made such a pledge.
Rules of the tournament (subject to change depending on the number of people who sign-up):
Understanding the Game: 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.
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 non-winning partners (in a non-PC 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 tie, 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.
Honoring your RSVP: 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!