Winners of the Wells Gray Inn Poker Club Season 31 Tournament (l-r) second place, Nathan Mikkelsen, first place, Terri Searls and third place winner Cheryl MacHale. Photo submitted

Season 31 Poker Tournament held Sept. 25

Play for Season 32 commenced on Oct. 2 and ends Dec. 11

By Goldie Krawec

The quarterly poker tournament of the Wells Gray Inn Poker Club was held on Sept. 25.

During the season 19 different players took advantage of the free weekly poker game of the Wells Gray Inn Poker Club. Play starts at 7 p.m. each Wednesday evening at the inn with a tournament at the end of each three-month period.

The players who placed in the top nine places to qualify for the tournament were: 1 Cheryl MacHale 8350; 2 Terri Searls 7600; 3 Carol Fraser 7150; 4 Goldie Krawec 5450; 5 Rory Vaughan 5200; 6 and 7 Cody Hodges and Nathan Mikkelsen tied with 5000; 8 Mike Fraser 4700; and tied for 9th Jack Searls and Shirly Wheelhouse 4000.

Players collect points every time they play and depending on where they finish for the evening and the season is calculated. The top nine players play for prizes at the end of each season.

Wells Gray Poker Club results for season 29

During the season we had many weekly best hands, which consisted of quad A’s (twice); quad Q’s (Four of a kind); quad J’s; quad 10’s; quad 5’s; A full of Q; A full of 10; A full of 9; Q full of K; and 8 full of A.

Each evening of play the player who records the highest-ranking hand with the tournament director is rewarded with 100 extra points. There is also an extra 100 points awarded to the player who takes out the bounty player. The bounty player is the player who won the game the previous week.

We also award the player who wins with a starting hand of 7 – 2 (seven- deuce), considered one of the worst hands to play, with an extra 100 points. Some evenings we have had several players lucky enough to collect the extra 100 points.

Winners of the Season 31 Tournament are: 1, Terri Searls; 2, Nathan Mikkelsen; and 3, Cheryl MacHale. The highest hand of the tournament was a full house consisting of KKKQQ.

Play for Season 32 commenced on Oct. 2 and ends Dec. 11 with the tournament on Dec. 18. There’s no poker game during the Christmas holidays. Season 33 will start the beginning of January, 2020.

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