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Summit Showdown is Saturday

RYAN SLABAUGHSummit Daily News

SILVERTHORNE Last year, I stunk. I sat down, played tight even folding a low Ace and then promptly got beaten down. As the poker saying goes, I guess I was the sucker.This year, my goal is to at least make it into the third hour at Saturdays Summit Showdown, a poker event benefiting the Summit County Rotary. Not only will the winner win a cash prize, but he or she will also be able to win a spot at a Denver tournament that sends the winner to the next World Series of Poker.If that doesnt get your imagination going, then I dont know what will.The competition among the 220 expected competitors will be tough to me, at least. Last year, local law enforcement and ski area CEOs were seated next to school teachers and regular-old poker bums … not to mention the occasional newspaper editor. I had arrived with plans to make it all the way to the final table. Instead, I made it home in time for dinner.I guess most shouldnt be surprised. We editors dont tend to spread much fear, and tend to talk too much, both negatives in this card game. Ive learned. This year, Ill be the silent sleuth behind a pair of deep dark shades. So at least Ill look the part. But even the darkest shades, Im afraid, cant truly hide the sucker.But oh well. I hope youre playing this year. If you do, and you happen to sit next to me, dont worry. Based on my showing last year, Ill be gone soon … Or maybe, just maybe, all this is just talk and Im just setting you up. Maybe … Ryan Slabaugh can be contacted at (970) 668-4618, or at

When and Where: Saturday at the Silverthorne Pavilion, Doors open at 5 p.m. Texas Holdem refresher at 5:30 p.m.; No limit Texas Holdem begins at 6 p.m. What and How Much: $60 gets you a light buffet dinner from 5-9 p.m. with drink of your choice and cash bar for rest of evening with table service, and $500 in poker chips. Seating for 220 players, 11 players at a table. At approximately 10 p.m. (when final 10 players are announced) there will be a Calcutta auction, where the spectators may bid on the player they think will take it all. The last man or woman standing in the tournament will receive a seat at the Denver final with other Denver area tournament winners which takes place in March. The winner of the Denver final goes on with a paid entry to The World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. The winner of the local event will also win a trophy proclaiming him/her The Summit Showdown Champion. Two runners up will receive consolation prizes. There will be one or two consolation tables set up for those unlucky players who wish to continue playing.Benefits: All auction proceeds will be split three ways between Rotary, successful bidder on winner, and The Summit Showdown Champion. Reservations: Make them by visiting or by calling 1-888-449-4499.