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Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup (Page 2)

 

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July 6th (Friday)

Friday means the start of the Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup. Definitely no shortage of judges here in this place. The tournament consisted of 7 rounds, and then the top 16 players would continue playing until it's down to 8 players, 4 players, 2 players, and eventually our winner of the tournament. It's a very long tournament (taking up most of the day), and you could only take so many pictures before you start seeing the same people again despite the large field of players, so I kept myself busy by participating in some other events at Origins. One of the events I entered was a poker tournament. I had to place in the top 2 in my table to advance to the finals on Sunday. During breaks, I quickly went back to the Pokemon TCG North American Cup to see the progress (the two areas were close by, so that made things a bit easier). In the end, I did made it to the top 2, so I'm off to the finals on Sunday (I played this tournament once before on Thursday, but finished 3rd, so it was nice to make it on my second try). So then I went back to the Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup. By then, they were still down to the top 8. I met up with Susan, who's the Pokemon Tournament Organizer for the Pokemon TCG tournament I've been covering in Santa Clara. She played in the Professor Cup, but just missed making the cut for the top 16 (it was pretty close). Susan lent me one of her decks, so I played some Pokemon TCG on the side and ended up joining the Pokemon TCG League there.I'll probably be playing some more on Saturday and Sunday. By 8PM, a separate poker tournament was about to start (which I already pre-registered for since I thought the Professor Cup would be done by then). I did play in the tournament, but I had to leave in the middle of the tournament to keep checking on the Professor Cup (I don't want to miss anything!). And I didn't, I was able to catch the next round for the top 4 and take some quick pictures (a lot of easier when there's only 4 players left). When it was down to the championship match, my poker tournament just so happen to be on break (great timing). And when the winner of the Professor Cup was crowned and done, it was just in time for me to continue my own event. By the way, in that second poker tournament, it was much larger than the previous one I played earlier in the since it had 66 players playing and play would continue until 1 player was left. People who made the final table, the top 9, would get prizes. I did make the final table, and another Pokemon fan who played in the Professor Cup also made the final table as well. I finished in third place in tournament, and won a poker chip set and some playing cards.

 

Origins is the place for almost any game (I was thinking of joining a Monopoly tournament, I wonder what competitive Monopoly would be like?). I saw a scrabble event, which is another easy game to play, but that's something I don't even do well playing casually with friends. And then there's a lot of different board games that I've never seen before. And of course, there's a lot of different trading card games, traditional card games, board games, miniature games, roleplaying games, and so on. And they have many different events for different skills levels (some for the highly skilled and some for the beginners), so even if you're new to the game, you could be taught and participate in a lot of different games. And even though Origins is 5 days long, it would be difficult to able to experience everything Origins has to offer (especially like a busy man as myself, heh). When Nationals begin on Saturday, it will be even more crowded at the Pokemon TCG area.

 

Any who, here's the pictures from Friday, which consists of some pictures of the modified tournament, but mostly pictures from the Professor Cup:

 

Pokemon TCG National Championships at Origins - Pictures (Click to Enlarge)

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: The Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup begins on Friday, but a lot of fans are already playing in the modified tournament.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pictures from the modified tournament.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pictures from the modified tournament.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pictures from the modified tournament.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pictures from the modified tournament.

 

Picture 1 and Picture 2: Pictures from the modified tournament. Picture 3: Here it is, the Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup.

 

Picture 1 and Picture 2: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup. Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 16.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 16.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 16.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 16.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 16.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 16.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 16.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 16.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 8.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 8.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 8.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 4.

 

Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 4.

 

Picture 1: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 4. Picture 2: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 4 (3rd/4th place). Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 2 championship match.

 

Picture 1: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, championship match. Picture 2 and Picture 3: Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, top 4 (3rd/4th place) and top 2 championship match. Michael Kendle on the left in the yellow shirt eventually lost the match and took 4th place, while John Silvestro on the right in the white shirt took down 3rd place.

 

Picture 1: Eric Ennocenti, winner of the Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup. Picture 2: Eric Ennocenti, second place finisher of the Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup. Picture 3: Team Lafonte does it!

 

Picture 1: Eric Ennocenti, winner of the Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup.

 

The Prizes

1st Place

- A Pokémon Professor Cup First-Place Trophy

- A Nintendo Wii

- A Nintendo DS Lite

 

2nd Place

- A Pokémon Professor Cup Second-Place Trophy

- A Nintendo Wii

- A Nintendo DS Lite

 

3rd Place

- A Pokémon Professor Cup Third-Place Trophy

- A Nintendo Wii

- A Nintendo DS Lite

 

4th Place

- A Nintendo Wii

- A Nintendo DS Lite

 

5th through 16th Place

- A Nintendo DS Lite

 

(For more information on the Pokemon TCG North American Professor Cup, go here: http://www.go-pokemon.com/op/professors/cup/)

 

 

 

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