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Raising for Fun while Fundraising
As usual, we are incredibly thankful and excited to have pulled off another great MS Poker Tournament event. Thank you to all of our great donors and volunteers who helped us raise over $2500 for the National MS Society. As we talked about during the event, this has really turned into more of a reunion than anything else. So many people have supported us over and over again for the last 12 years, so it is our pleasure to keep trying to make this better every year.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's tournament a success. Thank you to our volunteer dealers and food runners, Roy, Laurie, and Lee. Thank you to our food runners and drink girls, Shirley, David, Rachel, and Becca. And of course, thanks to our great food sponsors:
As usual, we had a great group of players for the tournament this year. We had at least two people travel down from New York for the tournament. We had a few new players, but the vast majority of attendees had at least 5 MS Poker events under their belt. We hope everyone enjoyed their shirts and goodies waiting for them. And thank you to Dan for bringing his collector chips - letting us play in style.
Didn't make it to the tournament this spring, but still want to help out? Please visit our on-line DONATION PAGE!
Tournament Highlights and Results
Even though we started early - this MS Poker Tournament may have been one of the longer ones to date, starting at 2pm and ending after 10pm. The first three rounds gave everyone a chance to make some moves and acquire some chips. And for one special player, set the new MS Poker Rebuy record. Congrats Drew! I didn't go too crazy this year (no all-in blind for the first hand), but I think I might have to bring that back for next year - and give Drew a run for his money.
It's always great to see so many familiar poker faces!
A word of warning for those players trying to avoid the small stack at the break - don't wait for the last hand to go all in - the person that wins, might not have enough chips to cover your stack... Once we all had our fill of pizza, pasta, salad, and fajitas, we all settled in for some tough poker action. Dwain wasn't about to leave without a trophy, so he rode some cowboys on the first hand all the way to the fish trophy. Congrats Dwain!
Final Table and Results
Play continued at a high level from about 5:30 until about 8:30 before we had our final table. Lot's of great players, and lots of chips changed hands, but eventually, we had a final table. The final table included two first time players, two returning champions, four females, and one hopeful host (yes, I made it again). Who would take home the hardware?
The final table began with a relatively even distribution of chips. A few small stacks got knocked out early, but then only small shifts in chips occurred until a big pot between Jeff and I, earning him the final table chip lead (I think he took this year's shirt too literally). Jeff did a good job forcing the action with the big stack and pushing out players one by one. Mary made the final table exciting, getting down to less than a small blind, but miraculously sticking around, and outlasting most of the other final table players. Eventually, only three remained to fight for the trophy and the top prize.
Jeff was the primary newcomer to the final three. He was there along with perennial top 3 finisher Dan, and previous champion Dee. Jeff had a significant chip advantage, bettering the combined stack of Dan and Dee. So it looked like more of a race for second place. Dan and Dee both had eyes on the trophy even with the major chip disadvantage, and both continued to play aggressively. Dan became the initial victim, adding chips to Jeff's stack. Dee picked up the fight and at one point even gained the chip advantage briefly, before getting crippled when Jeff woke up with pocket Aces. Soon after we had our winner.
Congratulations to our top finishers, and everyone who played in this year's event!
Congratulations to the 2016 MS Poker Champion: Jeff Sauder
Want to help fight MS, but need to spend some quality time with the family? Well, try our new family friendly fundraiser: The MS Ice-Cream-A-Thon! Registration opens soon for the 2016 Rockville MS Ice-Cream-A-Thon - Saturday September 10th - Click HERE for more info!
Hall Of Champions
|2016 Main Event Champion
|2015 Main Event Champion
|2014 Main Event Champion
|2013 Main Event Champion
|2011 Invitational Champion
|2010 Invitational Champion
|2010 Main Event Champion
|2009 Invitational Champion
|2009 Main Event Champion
|2008 Invitational Champion
|2008 Main Event Champion
|2007 Invitational Champion
|2007 Main Event Champion
|2006 Main Event Champion
|2005 Invitational Champion
|2005 Main Event Champion
|2004 Main Event Champion
If you are jealous of those final table players, and want to get your hands on some MS Poker T-Shirts or Hats, I have loaded all of the most popular designs into ZAZZLE, where you can order your own shirt. All proceeds from those sales will be donated to the National MS Society (about 20% of the sales price). Just Check it out Below - or go to zazzle and search: MSPOKERTOURNAMENT
For a complete listing of MS Poker Tournament Rules, click HERE
The Organizer and Sponsors of this event do not condone gaming for purposes other than entertainment. Congrats to the State of Maryland for legalizing poker home games!
**As the MS Poker Tournament is purely for entertainment, the participants are not obligated to donate any money during the fundraiser, however, your generosity will be greatly apprecitated. Previous donors may receive priority seating at the tournament.