2018 Ponderosa Paddlewheel Poker Tournament


Welcome to the 2018 Ponderosa Paddlewheel Poker Tournament!   In June, Brand members were invited to contribute words that were assigned to each card in a normal poker deck (52+2 jokers).   Each table had its own deck, but the words were the same.

The cards were dealt, the hands played, and 14 stories have been written for your reading enjoyment.

Click on the titles below to access the entries for this year’s tournament.

Please leave comments for our tournament players as they worked hard to incorporate the words/phrases (some of which were unusual) into a story worthy of your time.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite story!  Polls  (located in the Viriginal City Literary Society Forum on Brand)  will open on Monday, August 6.

This year there will be two rounds of voting.   In the Round 1, there will be three polls open (one for each poker table).   The three winners will proceed to Round 2.  Polls will open for Round 2 on Wednesday, August 15.  The winner of Round 2 will become the 2018 Tournament Champion.

A Diamond in the Desert

A Little Excitement Along the Way

A Skeptic, A Dreamer, A True Believer

At the Cliff’s Edge

Brother to Brother . . . to Brother . . . to Brother


F is for Father and Forever


Greater Love

The Flume

The Friendship Game

The Handkerchief

The Last Fear

Then and Now



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