Euchre champs dedicate win to Arnie Ambroz

Participating in the Norm Sladek Euchre Tournament are, clockwise from bottom left, Paul Giesen, Jerry Skluzacek, Adam Giesen and Troy Skluzacek at the KC Hall in New Prague on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Giesens are cousins and the Skluzaceks are brothers, they are all from the New Prague area. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

Chris Ambroz and his brother-in-law Todd Gores won the 41st annual Norm Sladek Euchre Tournament at the KC Hall in New Prague on Saturday, Feb. 25. The two dedicated their victory in the tournament to the late Arnie Ambroz, Chris’ dad and Todd’s father-in-law, who died recently.

Chris and Todd went 9-1 in division play and 5-1 in the champion round. They beat out a tough second place team of Ben Bartusek and Gilbert Schoenbauer. There were 48 teams that participated in this year’s tournament, which was being held in New Prague for its 10th year. Tom Simek, who helped organize the event, explained that some teams didn’t play this year as they had team members on vacation. The remaining members decided not to play due to their loyalty to their teams.

Simek also had the dubious distinction of receiving the Trouba award. He was nominated by 14 people for making posters and entry forms listing the event as the 41th tournament.

People enjoyed the card tournament, which could bring opposites together. Among the teams were Republican Dick Zweber and Democrat Bob Vanasek. Two other teams were brothers Jerry and Troy Skluzacek, who at one point faced off against Paul and Adam Giesen, who are cousins. The Skluzacek brothers won the tournament two years ago and were enjoying an early streak at this year’s event.

“We are winning so far, we haven’t lost a game yet,” said Jerry.

The Giesens had last played together 10 years ago. Paul noted that this year, “The cards haven’t been in our favor.”