Aces high in pub com­pe­ti­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

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.

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