The Chet Ito Memorial Tournament ended at 5:00 am this morning. Yes, you read that correctly. The last 4 matches lasted almost 8 hours. Not that I was there to see it, mind you; I was eliminated from the tournament about 4:00 pm Sunday afternoon. What a great learning experience! While still in the winner’s bracket I faced Max Eberle, a professional player, in a race to 8. I ended up losing to Max by a final score of 7-8. After that match, I went to the loser’s bracket and promptly lost again 4-8. Even so, I still finished in the money, which was my actual goal for this tournament. I ended up placing 33rd out of 156 players, winning $75. Certainly the toughest $75 I’ve ever earned, but probably also the most fun. The winner, no other than Max Eberle, ended up walking away with the top prize: $3,000. The total prize purse was well over $13,000.
Tomorrow, I’ll share a lot of details with you regarding my match with Max. Being able to play a professional was a fantastic experience. Later this week, I’ll also share an evaluation of my training program; what’s working, what’s not, and changes I need to make to take my game to the next level. I’ll also share some interesting bits of information that I gleaned from some of the players…some little nuggets of information that could help you win a game or two, or rather, prevent your opponent from doing so. (Heh, heh, heh!)