Tournaments are the bread and butter of any popular card game. Usually the more tournaments available, the happier the players are. On Friday, March 26 a pokemon tournament was hosted by Boise State University and organized by Mario Townes.
Thirteen participants played 4 rounds of swiss style competition. Larry Wong took the top spot with an impressive performance. Filling out the top 3 were Tim Doyle and Chris Amos. With an odd number of participants there was a bye each round but Mario did a great job of making sure the odd man out had just as much fun as the competitors did.
Mario uses a unique prize structure for his league tournaments. Instead of breaking down a box into prizes for the top three or four players he puts all the prizes he intends to give away into a duffel bag. Your place determines the order in which you select a prize from the bag. Prizes are selected in this manner until the bag is empty. This method gives everyone something for participating and helps provide encouragement.
Due to Boise State University graciously allowing the use of one of their conference rooms in the student union building and Mario’s generosity, the event was well received by the players and made for a fun night for everyone who attended.