Saturday, March 11, 2017

2017 Torndao IFP Foosball Hall of Fame Classic


   The Flamingo Hotel and Casino will once again be the host for the $50,000 Hall of Fame Classic! Live Streaming up during event with results posted after. Top Pro Masters and players of every rank will be in attendance.    For more in-depth information on the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees check out this post on by IFP Director of Public Relation, Michelle Moore.  
Congratulations to the goalie that owned the 90's Bobby Diaz and was under rated as a forward. The Foosball champion Ken Rivera. Then Oklahoma's own Liz Hill! One of the greatest female players of all time!! I did a interview with Liz and future Hall of Fame Goalie Melanee Tosh. Check it out here

    I would like to take a personal moment to again bring light to an Oklahoma Open Tornado World champion who has not been inducted and deserves the honor. Kevin Keeter was the first Oklahoma foosball power house that dominated the Tulsa scene for more than a generation. 

   In the late 70's, the Nationals, the largest Tornado tournament of the time, came to the Camelot Hotel in Tulsa. The Finals of Open Doubles was decided not by the final point BUT by an overtime call from the stage. Unprecedented and no one has ever heard of such a thing happening again.  Kevin and Mark Keeter played in the finals against the ame against the Texas team of Ronnie Lewis and Tony Turner. When Turner and Lewis went up 3-2 tournament organizers called overtime and gave the title to Turner and Lewis.

     In 1985, Kevin won his first World Championship taking the Open Singles title home from Dallas, Texas to Oklahoma. Kevin won matches against Todd Loffredo and Don Swan. In the final Keven beat Hall of Fame member Steve Murray. 1986 marked back to back World Championship wins for Kevin in the Open division.  Partner Jimmie Hale and Kevin took top honors winning the Open Mixed. In 1989 Kevin returned to the finals of Open Doubles with the late Kenny Garwood coming in second to Hall of Fame member Tom Spear and partner Gus Trevino. Two years later Kevin would capture the final jewel of the the main open events, winning Open Doubles with partner John Smith. My hope is that next year the members of the Hall of Fame will remember Kevin Keeter. 

   Live streaming, results and flyers on future tournaments can be found at 
 Discuss the action online at Buy a digital copy or DVD of the event at Great to see Mark Torres back in the both with Jim Steven's! The commentary is going to be back to epic levels with this duo in the booth!!  Don't forget to "like

   Viva Las Vegas! Good luck and safe travel foosers! Check out the 100 hand video poker if you want to earn some mean tier points with the Total Rewards program. If your going to gamble at least try to get somethings on the house.  I never played well at the Las Vegas tournament, I loved the town to much to focus on foosball. True Story. Don't let the town distract you are make sure to balance the two worlds. I have watched the finals of Open events altered because of player drawn to late night sessions at the poker table. Stay focused and Foos on!! 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Billy Pappas makes it to the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table plus 2014 World's DVD Now available from Inside Foos!

    The first time I saw Billy Pappas was Labor Day Weekend, 1995 in Dallas, Texas. My first $100,000 Tornado Foosball World Championships as a green rookie. One of the experienced rookies of Tulsa crew, J.W.  Tyler,  worked for Inside Foos at that time and gotten 3rd the year before in Rookie Doubles. We strolled through the huge D/FW Hyatt Ball room among 150 foosball tables and more than 1000 attending players. J.W. showing me the lay of the land and highlighting different players to watch and be aware of. In the back of the ballroom A 10 year old was playing on a table and scurrying around with other kids his age. It was a scene of genuine fun that reminded you that anyone could play Foosball and it should not always be so serious. 

    J.W. told me not to under estimate anyone in the rookie division, this was his first case in point. Billy was horsing around other kids his age and having a blast like any 10 year old but could not be taken lightly. Fact was he had won the U.S. Open a couple tour stops earlier in Rookie Singles. Not only did Billy win the tournament, he had lost first round in the double elimination vent and came back through a huge bracket to win the tournament. In 1995, foosball was much larger and Rookie events played 2/3 games on the winners side and a race to 7 points in the loser's bracket. Billy had won 13 or more race to 7 point matches and then double dipped for the win! Foosball was a game you could never judge a book by it's cover. I was 10 years Billy's senior at this point and did not want to face this kid at my first world's!

      I watched his game progress at amazing speed. He was a tour player with a supportive friends and family.  He toured around the country stopping to play at couple of my Tulsa tournaments, including the 2005 New Year's Open. While other Pros were pairing up, Billy played from the heart. He played with a close friend of his, an aspiring rookie named Dan Watkins. Now ranked pro, Dan was still cutting his teeth as a aspiring Rookie. Has I watched Dan go through emotional swings of taking down a big win against top players like Terry Moore and Tommy Adkisson, Billy stayed cool and had fun playing with a friend while winning in a close 2 set match against two former #1 players.

     Billy was still having has much fun playing the game in 2005 as he was when I first saw him in 1995. Billy Pappas continued to tour the world playing on every table and representing our country at the world cup. Billy appeared humbly accept his foosball success,  not letting it go to his head as other Pro Master players. Billy is just an authentic person seeking to improve at everything he does to the point of mastery.  Great to see him as a  rookie in completely different competitive arena and in the middle of another breakout moment.

    ESPN live coverage of the 2014 World Series of Poker final table begins Monday November 10th. Foosball players and friends from around the world are pulling for you, Billy! You have already made us proud long before you picked up your first hole cards. Have fun and enjoy this moment! I hope the river treats you well and Foos on!!

ESPN coverage will be live in  days

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