Com­ing up aces in In­ver­ness

Chase the Ace jack­pot sur­passes $100,000


Chase the Ace fever has hit In­ver­ness.

The scenic western Cape Bre­ton com­mu­nity, which has re­cently been re­ceiv­ing in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion for its Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs golf cour­ses, has now be­come a mag­net for lo­cals and visi­tors hop­ing to strike it rich in the pop­u­lar card game.

“In just two hours last Satur­day we sold $ 66,000 worth of tick­ets,” said Mike Fraser, head bar­tender at the In­ver­ness branch of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion.

“It’s be­come so big that we shut down the le­gion and open up the doors at the arena to hold ev­ery­body that comes here for Chase the Ace.”

The game raises money for char­i­ta­ble causes, brings more pa­trons to le­gions and other li­censed es­tab­lish­ments, and it cre­ates a buzz in the com­mu­nity as its jack­pots grow larger.

Chase the Ace is played on a weekly ba­sis, start­ing with a new game fea­tur­ing all 52 cards from a stan­dard deck. As a gen­eral rule, at a set time each week the host es­tab­lish­ment sells tick­ets for a two- or three-hour pe­riod af­ter which the win­ning ticket is pulled from a hat.

The win­ner then se­lects a card from the deck. If the ace of spades is drawn, that per­son wins the jack­pot, but also still walks away with a per­cent­age of that week’s ticket sales ( last week’s draw win­ner at the In­ver­ness le­gion won more than $ 13,000). If the ace of spades is not se­lected, a cer­tain per­cent­age of the pot is car­ried over to the next week.

Fraser said the game at the In­ver­ness le­gion is down to 13 re­main­ing cards with a jack­pot al­ready in ex­cess of $ 100,000.

“I’ve never seen any­thing like it — last week I think I might have rec­og­nized barely 10 per cent of the peo­ple who showed up,” said Fraser.

“There should be even more peo­ple here at the arena on Satur­day be­cause the jack­pot is get­ting so big.”

Fraser, who said Chase the Ace has been a fi­nan­cial life­saver for the le­gion, is also quick to point out that the game also ben­e­fits char­ity with half of all ticket sales in the run of a game be­ing split 50-50 by the le­gion and a ded­i­cated char­ity.

The In­ver­ness le­gion’s game ben­e­fits the Chil­dren’s Cot­tage So­ci­ety, which is ded­i­cated to pre­vent­ing harm and ne­glect to chil­dren while build­ing strong fam­i­lies through its ser­vices, pro­grams and cri­sis nurs­eries.

“And, it also brings more peo­ple into the area where they stay, eat at restau­rants and just boost the lo­cal econ­omy,” said Fraser.

The In­ver­ness le­gion’s Chase the Ace will take place Satur­day at the com­mu­nity arena with tick­ets on sale from 3-5 p.m.

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