By Mr. Matt Decker (Leonard Wood)February 6, 2015
The undead will go all-in until only one survivor remains on Feb. 20 at the Pershing Community Center, as Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation hosts, "Zombie Apocalypse Texas Hold'em."
The zombie-themed card tournament begins at 6 p.m., giving participants a chance to win a variety of prizes for the top eight finishers.
"We're giving away zombie survival gear -- we're looking at a generator, flashlights, lanterns, camping chairs, first-aid kits, and of course there'll be some MREs," said LoraLee Neubeck, special events coordinator with the post's Installation Wide Events Office. "We'll have a first-out prize for the first person out of the tournament, and we'll also have drawings that will take place at the first intermission."
Advance registration is $20 per person and is under way now through Feb. 19 at the Installation Wide Events Office in Building 1000 and online at fortleonardwoodmwr.com.
Registration is $30 the day of the event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
"It's a last-man-standing tournament. We play until the last card is played," Neubeck said. "Basically, we play until there is a winner. We don't have an end time -- we've gone until 2 a.m. before."
FMWR has held several Texas Hold'em tournaments with a variety of themes over the years, but this is the first event designed to appeal to fans of zombie movies, such as the cult-classic "Dawn of the Dead," or popular TV shows like, "The Walking Dead."
"In the past, we had done a western night, sports night, pirate night, but hadn't done anything zombie-related -- we thought it was long overdue," Neubeck said. "It's just such a popular theme, that it made sense."
Participants who show up in "zombie attire" will receive additional chances for door prizes, Neubeck said.
"They are encouraged to come dressed as a zombie, a zombie hunter or a victim," she said. "They don't have to arrive in costume -- it just makes it more fun, and anyone who does dress up gets a free drawing ticket."
Players must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
The event is open to the public.
For more information about the Zombie Apocalypse Texas Hold'em tournament, call 573.596.0131, ext. 66913.