At the last Omega Billiards Tour stop at JR Pockets in Denton, Texas, as the Tourney Director for this tour, I also run the Calcutta.
I'm proud to say that we do not take ANYTHING out of the calcutta. It's 100% payback!
I sometimes bid on players in the calcutta. But, I hardly ever "get" them. It's kind of a running joke. Every time I think I'm about to buy a player, someone bids a higher amount and I lose my bid. I stomp my feet and raise up my hands with defeat, lol. I sometimes think everyone is TRYING not to let me buy anyone, haha!
So I bid on a few players this fine Saturday morning and I couldn't let this guy buy himself for $20 so I bid $30. And guess what happened?
NO ONE OUTBID ME!
OMG I was SO excited! :)
I bought somebody.
Immediately Chuck bought half himself, so we both had $15 invested.
But, something else happened that was even better, though I'm afraid will taint me for all future Calcutta's, lol.
He was still on the winner's side til Sunday!
I called my b/f, "Hey, guess what? I bought a horse and he's still in!"
He wished me luck almost as much as I wished for the player to win. He's so sweet :)
Chuck needed two wins just to get INTO the calcutta prize pool.
Well, he wins both!
So I go and look at the brackets. Talking to myself, "If he wins here and here, or goes here, we will win $250!"
Not bad for a $15 each investment!
I tell you what, it was FUN!
I had so much fun sweating his matches. I had to be careful not to cheer out loud, only on the inside, because I can't show favoritism as a tourney director, but it was fun!
I normally just glance at all the matches going on, this time I was intense following his games.
And he kept winning! And won again! And then he had a close match. But won that one!
Then he had another tough match and he almost won if a two bad rolls hadn't of happened.
So he was on the one-loss side but never gave up and kept fighting. At this point, we are now guaranteed $350!
Best $15 investment I ever made! :)
Thanks for the sweat bet, Chuck, and CONGRATs on a GREAT 5th place finish out of 80 players!