Garry Merrinette of Illinois outlasted Joel Smith of Minnesota and the rest of the championship field of 117 to "take the throne" in the Game of Cards national championship tournament held at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas. For his accomplishment, Garry won the grand prize, a coveted $10,000 main event seat and a chance to win millions. Garry earned his spot in the championship by winning the Tournament of Champions at Muggs 'N Manor in Addison, IL, a league which draws about 35 players every Wednesday night.
It was feast or famine for Garry during the regular season, he won 3 tourneys during the Game of Cards promotion, but only qualified for the playoffs in one month and came up short in the regional tourney. However, winning the Mugs N Manor Tournament of Champions catapulted Garry directly to the national final plus a travel voucher since Mugs N Manor is an Elite Sponsor (Super-TOC location).