2014 Pac Cup Champions: North of 40 (from left: skip Rick Feeney, second Reg
Krake, lead Trevor Boudreau and third Brad McKeage).
This past January, some great curlers gathered in fabulous Las Vegas for the Continental Cup. All the other amazing curlers gathered in Fabulous Van Vegas for the Pac Rim Cup.
32 teams competed in the 31st annual event from Jan.24-26, 2014, hosted by the Pacific RimCurling League (PRCL). Participants walked into a transformed Last Draw Lounge: a pastiche of Vegas glitz and glamor, with fancy dressed bar staff, martinis and music.
“The participants and volunteers really transformed the Club into an exciting weekend experience,” said PRCL president Johnny LaRusic. “When you combine the glitz of Vegas with fantastic curling, the end result is pure Fabulousness!”
After the cards were dealt and the chips were totalled, North of 40 (Rick Feeney, Brad McKeage, Reg Krake, Trevor Boudreau) overtook Shelly and the Showgirls (Shelley Birston, Scott Robertson, Kevin Mintenko, Krista Frazee) in the Spades Draw to become the 2014 Pac Rim Cup Champions. The additional draw winners included:
- Hearts Draw: Between the Sheets (Marc Hutton, Bryan Matthews, Dave Doig, David Thill)
- Clubs Draw: Caldwell (Scott Harcourt, Liam Hughes, Karl Zeilbauer, Stephen Caldwell)
- Diamonds Draw: 4 Queens Beat a Straight (George Hall, Christopher Ordog, Greg Ohashi, Logan Chinski)
Team Noble soar into Fabulous Van Vegas.
The Friday night activities included a Poker Face team photo booth (taken by PRCL member Jason LaChance), Straight Flush Old Farts Draw to the Button (won by David Thill), and Van Vegas Karaoke, featuring some truly amazing vocalists from our league (and some who hit the right attitude if not the right notes).
On Saturday night, after the Pair o’ dice Buffet, the Last Draw Lounge was transformed for the Chip and Ale Casino Challenge, featuring jaw-dropping magician Steve Dickson, roulette, poker and black jack tables, and of course – the big wheel.
After much betting and winning, the Fabulous Van Vegas Strip Show took over the lounge with performances by Babs and Cher (aka: Anna Propriette and Kitty Litur). Anna and Kitty then became mentors for Team Noble and Slide on In in a Britney vs. Shania showdown. Randall Noble’s “Stronger” and Jae Navid’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much” had the audience cheering up and down the Van Vegas Strip. Shanda Leer, who hosted the show, capped it all off in true Vegas diva fashion with Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.”
Van Vegas or bust for Team Vandebeld.
Sunday featured The Hangover breakfast, the event finals (led by Elvis’ Viva Las Vegas) and ended with the Fabulous Van Vegas Jackpot Ceremony. Throughout the event, over $3500 was paid out in prize money, and another $600 in 50/50 cash prizes.
On behalf of the organizing committee, the PRCL board would like to thank all the fabulous participants, volunteers, sponsors and the Vancouver Curling Club for making the 2014 Pac Rim Cup: Fabulous Van Vegas a huge success.