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2016 Tournament Results


As usual, we are incredibly thankful and excited to have pulled off another great MS Poker Tournament event. Thank you to all of our great donors and volunteers who helped us raise over $2500 for the National MS Society. As we talked about during the event, this has really turned into more of a reunion than anything else. So many people have supported us over and over again for the last 12 years, so it is our pleasure to keep trying to make this better every year.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's tournament a success. Thank you to our volunteer dealers and food runners, Roy, Laurie, and Lee. Thank you to our food runners and drink girls, Shirley, David, Rachel, and Becca. And of course, thanks to our great food sponsors:


As usual, we had a great group of players for the tournament this year. We had at least two people travel down from New York for the tournament. We had a few new players, but the vast majority of attendees had at least 5 MS Poker events under their belt. We hope everyone enjoyed their shirts and goodies waiting for them. And thank you to Dan for bringing his collector chips - letting us play in style.

Didn't make it to the tournament this spring, but still want to help out? Please use the Donation LInk below:


Tournament Highlights and Results

Even though we started early - this MS Poker Tournament may have been one of the longer ones to date, starting at 2pm and ending after 10pm. The first three rounds gave everyone a chance to make some moves and acquire some chips. And for one special player, set the new MS Poker Rebuy record. Congrats Drew! I didn't go too crazy this year (no all-in blind for the first hand), but I think I might have to bring that back for next year - and give Drew a run for his money.


It's always great to see so many familiar poker faces!


A word of warning for those players trying to avoid the small stack at the break - don't wait for the last hand to go all in - the person that wins, might not have enough chips to cover your stack... Once we all had our fill of pizza, pasta, salad, and fajitas, we all settled in for some tough poker action. Dwain wasn't about to leave without a trophy, so he rode some cowboys on the first hand all the way to the fish trophy. Congrats Dwain!

First Out
Final Table

Final Table and Results

Play continued at a high level from about 5:30 until about 8:30 before we had our final table. Lot's of great players, and lots of chips changed hands, but eventually, we had a final table. The final table included two first time players, two returning champions, four females, and one hopeful host (yes, I made it again). Who would take home the hardware?


The final table began with a relatively even distribution of chips. A few small stacks got knocked out early, but then only small shifts in chips occurred until a big pot between Jeff and I, earning him the final table chip lead (I think he took this year's shirt too literally). Jeff did a good job forcing the action with the big stack and pushing out players one by one. Mary made the final table exciting, getting down to less than a small blind, but miraculously sticking around, and outlasting most of the other final table players. Eventually, only three remained to fight for the trophy and the top prize.

Final 3

Jeff was the primary newcomer to the final three. He was there along with perennial top 3 finisher Dan, and previous champion Dee. Jeff had a significant chip advantage, bettering the combined stack of Dan and Dee. So it looked like more of a race for second place. Dan and Dee both had eyes on the trophy even with the major chip disadvantage, and both continued to play aggressively. Dan became the initial victim, adding chips to Jeff's stack. Dee picked up the fight and at one point even gained the chip advantage briefly, before getting crippled when Jeff woke up with pocket Aces. Soon after we had our winner. Congratulations to our top finishers, and everyone who played in this year's event!

3rd Place  Dan Gaies

2nd Place  Dee Weiss

Congratulations to the 2016 MS Poker Champion: Jeff Sauder


Did you miss the 2016 MS Poker Tournament, but still want to get in on the action? Want to help fight MS, but need to spend some quality time with the family? Well, try our not-so-new family friendly fundraiser: The MS Ice-Cream-A-Thon! We host this event at the end of every summer - and you can register and get more information on our website:

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