The American Cribbage Congress will be holding the Grand National 28 in Grand Rapids on September 25â€“27, 2009. In addition, the Grass Roots Tournament of Champions will be held on Friday, September 25. Entrants who want to play Grass Roots cribbage on Mondayâ€“Thursday nights will have plenty of opportunity, for Michigan boasts thirteen Grass Roots clubs.
All events will be held at the same location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, located near the airport on the southeast side of town (5700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546). A special cribbage rate is available for all GN players (make reservations by calling 800.227.6963).
The event received a nice writeup in the Grand Rapids Press on mlive.com titled – Cribbage tournament brings nation’s best players to Grand Rapids in battle for cash
It’s the first time this Who’s Who battle of card sharks has visited the state. For cribbage groupies, it’s a chance to see De Lynn Colvert, of Missoula, Mont., who is billed as the greatest player in the cribbage universe.
Ace cribbage players are sticklers for the rules, but the state’s mightiest wooden board warrior said all is fair in friendly banter.
While game code is sacred and â€œtimber haulersâ€ are despicable, that doesn’t stop experts from serving up a tall tales and trash talk.
These human calculators â€œlove to drink, play cards and tell lies,â€ said Jeff Shimp, 70, of Grand Haven, who holds the imposing title of Life Master One Star in cribbage circles.
The tournament is expected to draw about 350 cribbage players from across the country. They will battle for bragging rights and a top prize of about $1,500, depending on the event’s take. Other tournaments, including more than a dozen satellite tournaments, kicked off Friday at the hotel.
mlive.com also has another feature with Muskegon cribbage board collector Dan Betz who 450 boards many of which were crafted by the Drueke Co., founded in Grand Rapids in 1914 and now is located in Ludington.