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Walker is a smaller casino, reasonably priced and good food, and we will have 32 tables setup for play. (40 if we need them)
We are expecting around 150 singles and 32 teams. This is the first time the MPA has put on a Tournament at this casino and we would like to make a good showing. So if you are not doing anything this weekend, head up to Walker Minnesota. The weather doesn't look to bad and it is a nice drive from the cities.
Remember that there is no late fee for credit card reservations that we will take through end of day on Monday, there is however a 5% charge for credit cards to handle our overhead (as always).
We had another great turnout at Grand Falls Casino, even bigger than last year, with lots great matches.
Shane Van Boening provided lots of good matches for the spectators, but there were also at least 10 other nationally ranked players in attendance. So all in all it was a well attended tournament with lots of really good matches.
Check out the results and see how your favorites did!
There is alot of misunderstanding about qualifying for this tournament. There are two ways to qualify for this tournament.Everyone Must be Sanctioned!
You are sanctioned in one of two ways, you either play in a MPA Sanction League or you sanction individually.
If you play in a sanctioned league there is no tournament requirement for you to play in the MPA Championships, it is the responsibility of your league to ensure that you are assigned to the correct division. A list of ALL the leagues that have sanctioned can be found here. If your league is not in this list you are not sanctioned through a league.
If you are sanctioned individually you MUST have played in at least 2 MPA singles events in the current season (August 2013 - July 2014), to establish your MPA Handicap. A list of all the Individually sanctioned Players can be found here. If your name is not in this list it is not too late to complete your sanctioning requirements.
I really hate these cards, and the main reason is the players that just refuse to get the cards. So this year I am going to make it really easy for those players that think they are too good to help us out and take 2 minutes to get a players club card. I am going to give them their entry fee back and they will not be allowed to play, period! Of course if you are under 21 you get a pass, as it has always been.
These cards are how the casino tracks how good an investment our pool tournament is for them. So just have the card with you when you register or checkin. We MUST have a card for you or you will not be allowed to register or check in.
Team captains remember that every player on your team must have a players club card!
I have added a new page to the Results tab. This is a list of all the players you have played at least 3 matches with us this season, by average match time.
So check out the Slow Player Page and if you are towards the top of the list for your division you need to be aware that you are the people slowing down the tournaments and need to start looking at how long you take to shoot.
Slow Play is not just how long you take to shoot, it is also how long it takes to get to the table, smoke breaks, bathroom breaks and so on.
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A word about credit cards.
I have had some complaints about the 5% service charge we put on credit card usage.
Credit cards are a lot of work! But they are also a convience for the players, particularily the Canadian players.
I have attempted to put notices and even line items for the charge, so it is clear, before you click the button to charge the event on your card.
If you call me to do this on the phone I attempt to make that charge clear, however, if we get off on some conversation topic I may forget, and I am sorry if you were not aware of the service charge.
I don't like this service charge, but if we were to remove it we would have to raise the entry on all players, 2-5 dollars for singles and $15 for teams just to cover the overhead for accepting credit cards for some of the players.
So if the service charge is worth the 5%, please use it. If not, send us a check.Credit Card Policy
It seems like all I do is make comments about credit cards. They are a real convenience for a lot of players so we want to continue taking them.
For the most part I haven't had much trouble other than people forgetting that NorSoft Consulting does the credit cards and that is what shows up on the statement.
There has been several incedents where players have tried to get the charges reversed. Well this is a pain since I need to get receipts and send them to bank, not to mention the forms that accompany them.
The thing that these incedents all have in common is that they were using someone elses credit card. SO this year the name and billing address for the credit card being used will need to match the name and address we have on file for the player. The only way you will be able to get around this is to call us with the credit card information and explain why the names do not match.When you get a minute.
So if you are an individual or a league operator make sure you understand the sanctioning rules for the upcoming by reading the 2011-2012 sanctioning guide.
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