Aces high in pub competition
It might only be a pub competition, but it’s got Cromwell buzzing. And it’s not just the locals who are talking about the Golden Gate’s Ace of Spades competition, it’s attracting people from Arrowtown, Alexandra and even Gore, all hoping to win thousands of dollars. The weekly competition has been running for almost a year and each week gives one person the chance to pick a card from a deck of cards. If they pick the ace of spades, then they win the cash prize. If they don’t pick the right card then the prize jackpots by $100 each week. Golden Gate Lodge manager Glen Christiansen said the cash prize was up to $5500 and only four cards remained. He couldn’t believe the card hadn’t been found yet, especially since the first time the competition was held, the ace of spades was picked the first time. ‘‘We’ve been extremely lucky that it’s been going for 50 weeks.’’ He said the whole town seemed to be talking about it and the pub was absolutely packed on a Friday night which was great for business. But of course there were plenty of rumours around town about the competition, with people asking if the competition was rigged. But the competition had been put together under the watchful eye of the police, so it definitely wasn’t rigged, he said. Another rumour was the winner would be escorted from the premises by staff to ensure they made it home safely with their cash. Mr Christiansen confirmed that was just a rumour but said he was happy to do whatever the winner wanted – if they felt safer being escorted home then he would organise that.
Hidden: Golden Gate Lodge manager Glen Christiansen is not giving any clues as to where the elusive ace of spades is located.