Sunday, February 10, 2008

Cribbage champion in Green Valley AZ...

From the Green Valley News & Sun

"Local cribbage champ and Quail Creek resident Bill Ellis describes the card game as “gymnastics for the brain.”

“I have a great appreciation for trying to stay young, and cribbage sure gives your mind a workout,” Ellis said.

The enthusiastic 71-year-old recently took home the gold medal at the Tucson Senior Olympics, and will be competing at the Green Valley Senior Olympics in March. After that, his sights are set on a national tournament in Reno, Nev., where he and more than 700 players will be competing for the chance to win $10,000.

But Ellis is in it for the love of the game. A game so popular, he says, that its rules have barely changed since the early 17th century, when it was invented by English poet Sir John Suckling as a derivation of a traditional game called “noddy.”

Noddy has since faded into history, but cribbage is here to stay.

The American Cribbage Congress, a non-profit organization with the mission of making the game “fun and fair for people of all ages,” sponsors 150 tournaments each year and lists nearly 300 local chapters across the country. This includes the Titans Cribbage Club of Green Valley, hosted by Ellis, a certified cribbage judge with the ACC..."

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