Well look who finished back on top! ROBIN KING has taken FIRST PLACE two weeks in a row now! GO Girl!
And it didn't take KATHARINE GOLDING very long to get back in the money with another SECOND PLACE!
Fortunately we had RAY MIELBRECHT to save face for the men. Ray finished in THIRD PLACE! Ray also got the FIRST 24-HAND (worth $5), but he was unable to hang onto it to the end.
And faster than a speeding bullet, KURT LYSEN was awarded his very own GRASS ROOTS POINTS! (I'll be mailing you the special catalog where you can redeem those points Kurt!)
But not to be outdone, JULIA BICK also earned GRASS ROOTS POINTS today! Julia also ended the day holding THE CHICKEN, so she didn't go home empty-handed.
All five of the above named players won six games.
Nobody held a FOUR-OF-A-KIND, so next week's DIRECTOR's AWARD will be worth $10!
And nobody held a raggedy ann (6-7-8-A-A), so next week's RAGGEDY JULIA pot will start out with $8.
My apologies to poor ROBIN KING. She efficiently finished her nine games. She accurately tallyed her scoresheet. Then she waited patiently. And waited. And waited. I awarded 1st and 2nd place before she asked how SHE did. Well, her scoresheet was sitting there completely ignored. And as it turned out...SHE had finished in FIRST PLACE! How was that possible, since she only won 5 games, and Steve and Julia each won 6? She did it by skunking THREE of her opponents, one of which was against me! Way to go Robin!
So STEVE WENNSTROM's winnings (for an erroneous 1st place) were recalled and awarded to the rightful owner, which was Robin. Steve understandingly took the SECOND PLACE winnings.
And THIRD PLACE went to JULIA BICK.
RAY MIELBRECHT won the $15 DIRECTOR's AWARD....by holding a 7-7-A-A and an Ace was cut....AND scored the FIRST 24-HAND, worth $5. (Incidently, Ray had discarded an Ace!)
Somehow I managed to score a Raggedy Ann (6-7-8-A-A) and claimed the $43 RAGGEDY JULIA pot. Still not satisfied, I also took THE CHICKEN away from Ray with the only other 24-hand of the day.
Since JIM RANSTROM was away today and couldn't be there to brag about his success in Puyallup last weekend, I announced that Jim had scored a 28-HAND in last weekend's Puyallup tournament. He also finished in FIRST PLACE in the morning tournament. CONGRATULATIONS JIM!
We were joined today by JIM MATSUMOTO. This was his first time playing in a tournament, and from where he finished the day, you can tell Jim is a seasoned cribbage player! Welcome Jim! Come back any time!
For two weeks in a row now, JIM RANSTROM has taken FIRST PLACE! Very impressive Jim!
STEVE WENNSTROM was back in the money, finishing in SECOND PLACE. But that wasn't good enough for Steve. Oh no! Steve also scored the one and ONLY 24-hand, got THE CHICKEN, and won both CHICKEN pots!
But most notable was HARLEY MIEDEMA, who finished in THIRD PLACE and earned his first GRASS ROOTS POINTS! Way to go Harley!
Nobody claimed the DIRECTOR'S AWARD, which requires a full house with sevens and aces, so that pot will be worth $15 next week.
And the RAGGEDY JULIA (6-7-8-A-A) also went unclaimed, so that pot starts out next week with $36!
A total of 12 players were entered for this October 17, 2009 tournament
p.s. As of now, Jim and Cindy and I are venturing over to play in the Regional Tournament in Puyallup tomorrow. We still have room for at least one more player. If you want to join us, just give me a call at (206) 930-1379. We will be catching the 7:10 am boat off the south end. And remember, you can earn Grass Roots Points at these events!
First off, let me thank JIM RANSTROM for running the club this week! It's always reassuring to know everything will run smoothly in my absence.
And it looks like I should say CONGRATULATIONS to Jim as well. First Place!
And two weeks in a row now, DEREK SMITH has finished in Second Place! Way to go Derek!
RAY MIELBRECHT didn't finish in the money, but he did manage to earn more Grass Roots points!
Jim also mentioned how much he appreciated the help by Kurt and Derek for putting things away while he was busy finishing up the scoring. Thanks guys! It really helps when folks chip in to help.
Ray scored the First 24-Hand, which got him $5 and The Chicken.
And ARLYN TEED left with $5 in her hot little hands for finishing the day with THE CHICKEN.
Nobody scored the DIRECTOR's AWARD, (A-A-A-7-7) so that pot will be worth $10 next week!
And nobody scored the RAGGEDY JULIA, which had $7 added to the pot this week.
In my rush to get things wrapped up at the end of each tournament, I fail to cross-check score sheets. And this week it bit me! In our seventh game, Ray Mielbrecht and I both claimed a win and initialled each other's scorecard. Those points put me in 1st place and Ray in 2nd place. But according to the rules:
"If both cards record a win, both cards are changed to losses"
So that left CINDY GRENVILLE in 1st, new-comer DEREK SMITH in 2nd, and I got bumped down to 3rd. (I'll square up with you two next Saturday.) And poor Ray not only dropped out of the money, he also lost his Grass Roots points. Ouch!
KATHARINE GOLDING wasn't in the money today, but she did earn another 12 Grass Roots points. Way to go Katharine!
A warm WELCOME to our newest member of the club, DEREK SMITH. (We had Derek hooked early on when he scored a CRIB FLUSH and won the $10 DIRECTOR'S AWARD.) As you can tell from the day's results, he will make a fine addition to our club.
And a warm WELCOME BACK to EDITH PAYNE! As mentioned last week, Edith helps keep us in balance. (And if you have any doubt about how balanced Edith is, check out her net spread points this week!)
I'm not sure why Kurt Lysen and Arlyn Teed ended up at the bottom of the list this week. They scored the only two 24-hands of the day. Kurt scored the FIRST 24-HAND and Arlyn scored the last one.
Nobody claimed the RAGGEDY JULIA, so that pot starts out with $