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Students Win Big at SAB's Poker Tournament

Brooke Burger
Managing Editor

   Saturday, Jan. 27 the University of Arkansas – Monticello Student Activities Board hosted the No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament in the John F. Gibson University Center. The tournament began at 9 a.m., and finished around noon. 

   Student Programs and Activities Director Lindsey Kight said, “We knew it might hurt us doing it on a Saturday, but since this was our first time [to host a poker tournament], we were not sure how long it would last. We didn’t want to cut in on classes or meetings.” 

Photo by Brittany Pickett
Poker Table - First place winner Rick Frazier (center) watches as his opponents Steve Fowler and Cory Bostic prepare for the next round of poker.

   Kight said SAB began discussing plans for a tournament late last semester. She said the group discussed holding a dominoes or spades tournament but decided on poker because of its recent popularity. 

   The sign up for the tournament began Monday, Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. Located in the Student Programs and Activities office in the University Center, the sign up lasted until noon Friday, Jan. 26. SAB guaranteed the first 49 spots to those who signed up first. Of the 28 people who signed up, 25 played. 

   The players sat at four different tables, consisting of three tables of six and one table of seven. Blinds started at $10 and $20 and doubled every 30 minutes. The winner from each table advanced to the championship table. The final round of the tournament pitted four players against each other for the chance to win prizes funded by SAB. 

   First, second and third place could pick one of four prizes, with the highest rank choosing first. The activities board held a raffle for the fourth prize. Each player entered in the tournament also had a chance to win the raffle, excluding the top three winners of the game.  

   Rick Frazier won first place and chose the 27 in. flat screen television. Frazier, a regular poker player, commended the event and the other players. 

    “All the players played a great game,” Frazier said. “I play quiet a bit, and Texas Hold ‘Em is one of my favorite games. I really enjoyed it.”  He also congratulated Callie Speights on winning second and becoming the only female to make it to the final table. 

   Speights, a first-year nursing major, took home a digital camera with her second place win. She said a friend signed her up for the tournament. 

Photo by Brooke Burger

Second Place Winner  - Callie Speights was the only female player to make it to the championship table and walk away with a prize.

    “I don’t play very much,” Speights said. “I’ve played like three times; so, I was pretty surprised I won second.” 

   Cory Bostic took third place in the tournament and won an I-pod Nano, while raffle winner Kenneth Turner won a portable DVD player. 

   SAB received help from faculty and staff for the dealer positions. Wes Carmichael, Mitch Meredith, Monica Strickland and Lindsey Kight volunteered to deal at the tournament. 

    “I was very grateful to the faculty and staff who volunteered, because it helped out big time,” Kight said. “I think they had a good time, too.” 

   Kight said she received a lot of good feedback on the event and even had some students ask if they could host the No Limit tournament every weekend. Although a weekly tournament is not possible, Kight did say she would like to host another tournament. 

    “This [tournament] was sort of a gage to see what worked, what didn’t work and what we could do next time,” Kight said. She also said they may reconsider other games such as dominoes or spades for future events. 

   Although certain games such as poker or dominoes involve gambling, university sponsored tournaments do not allow actual gambling. SAB did not charge students to play or enter the raffle. 

    “We do not condone gambling,” Kight said. 

   The university’s conduct code does not specifically mention gambling. However, the non-academic code violations state that the university prohibits any violation of local, state or federal laws. 

   According to Gambling-Law-Us.com, the state of Arkansas does have a law against betting on card games. However, code 5-66-112 states that the penalty for betting on any card game is only a maximum fine of $25. 

   Those interested in planning events like the poker tournament for the campus can attend SAB meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 12:40-1:30 p.m. in the University Center House Room.  For more information, contact Lindsey Kight at 460-1396 or kight@uamont.edu.


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