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Monday, March 3, 2014
The Flamingo Hotel and Casino will once again be the host for the $45,000 Hall of Fame Classic! Top Pro Masters and players of every rank will be in attendance. Along with the usually foosball tournament there will be the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. Congratulations to this year's round of inductees; Tony Bacon, Frederico Collignon, Tracy McMillin, Mary Moore, and Tiffany Billirakis Moore! A very deserving list of some of Foosball's finest!
For more in-depth information on the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees check out this post on foosballboard.net by IFP Director of Public Relation, Michelle Moore.
I would like to take a personal moment to 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. (INSERT WHO WAS IN FINALS AND MORE INFO IF AVAILABLE) In 1989 Kevin returned to the finals of Open Doubles with local novice ranked 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.
Online registration is now up for the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic. Keep an eye on this same link to see the live online brackets. IFP LIVE BRACKETS
Check out more IFP news, events, and points, at www.ifptour.com
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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 do to late night sessions at the poker table. Stay focused and Foos on!!