|The last series of the tournament in the championship round.|
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Spades is a game that depends on countless aspects of luck and skill. Many players saw the game go in their favor, but then saw the next day or next series a different outcome. Eight teams played in this tournament, only one team finished on top. Marcus St. Phard and Willie Wooden won the tournament in a dominant fashion.
Day three of the tournament expanded to an unexpected addition of another day to the tournament. Players did not go down easy on the third day. Games lasted for longer than expected. Many of the players who lost were seen leaving disappointed and heartbroken.
Ladarian White is a fourth year accounting student from Pensacola. He and his teammate lost to the runner-up in the tournament. They were very disappointed in their lost, but felt there was not much they could do.
"I mean, we did our best," White said. "80 percent of spades is luck. We had a bad hand most of the time, and 20 percent is skill. They played the better hand and had the better team."
The last semifinal series before the championship series.
The team that White lost to in the series, also managed to knock out another team in their next series. Demonjne Robertson and Ansel Ricks were the runner-up team in the tournament. They played some great series and silently dismantled most of their opponents.
"It was a good tournament, even though we did not win," Robertson said. "We won the first series, and just got killed the next."
Ansel Ricks is from Orlando, while Robertson is from Lakeland. The two had great chemistry and played a lot together in the past. Ricks shared some of his feelings on the last series for the championship series.
"Some mistakes were made, and then again they just had better hands that last series," Ricks said. "It wasn't much we could do, but try to stay alive."
St. Phard and Wooden really dominated their opponents, whether it was the trash talking or beating teams with bostons (winning all tricks of a hand). Ironically, they pulled off two bostons in the second series to eliminate the chance of any life for Ricks and Robertson, who won the first series. Since, St.Phard and Wooden never lost in the tournament before playing Ricks and Robertson, St.Phard and Wooden only had to win one series.
"It was crazy," St.Phard said. "They came back on us in the first series, but then we pulled off two bostons in the last series to win the tournament."
The two teammates proved that they were the best team in the tournament. They were unstoppable, and their only loss came from a surprising comeback. Most players felt the tournament was very organized and fun. The tournament seemed to be very successful, and a nice opportunity for college students to win some money.
By. Andrew Mitchell