Toadstool December Wrap-up

Toadstool Billiard Cafe

Emmett, Idaho

The Free Community Christmas Dinner went well this year.  We had plenty of help & a lot of it was spearheaded by our own local pool players.  Suppliers & vendors provided the majority of the financial contributions.  We served Christmas dinner to 280 people & collected $340 cash for the Red Cross of Idaho.  When everything was said & done, there was an additional $82 of donations available for the fund.  David & I will personally fill in the difference to make a total donation of $500.

by: Rob Matthews (Special to the MI)

Turkey Joe was the first place prize in the Turkey Shoot. Pictured with him are T J Hadley, Morgan Hunt and Rob Matthews

Well Christmas will soon be upon us and Toadstool Billiard Cafe recently held their quarterly tournament. As a preliminary event and due to the holiday, we put together a Turkey Shoot. The entry fee was one slim dollar and an unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots.

We had a great turnout and collected lots of toys for a great cause. However, this was not your ordinary event. First of all, the fame played was more of a skill shot/carnival game with pool balls than an actual game usually played on Friday night.

Everyone shot well and the competition went down to a shoot-off with four players shooting for first and second. In the end it would be T.J. Hadley taking first and Morgan Hunt winning second.

Oh, I guess I forgot to mention at the beginning that first prize was a live turkey. We really had a good time.

I must say the turkey was given a pardon by T.J.’s – or “Turkey Joe” as we now call him – two young daughters and now resides in the backyard at their home. I am not sure that his wife has seen the humor in this though.

Final 8

On Saturday morning we began registration for the tournament. The weather kept some folks home, but at 11 am, we had 40 players who braded the snow to come and play for an $1,800 purse.

We had players from three states show for this event. They all showed some great talent.

Matches were played on seven and eight foot Valley tables with a fast cloth and tight rails. There were many matches that went to the hill in each race to 4 on both sides in this double elimination tournament.

Players battled into the evening competing for the top eight places and Calcutta money plus the added money by the house. Larry Gates came out on top with Ryan Minegar winning second and Willie Alvarez taking third. Local player Suzanne Mackey made an impressive run deep into the field to finish in fourth place.

Toadstool Cafe served up some good homestyle cooking and beverages for the players throughout the day. The atmosphere was nice, the games were nice, and the players were awesome – what a great event this is growing into.

1st place: Larry Gates

2nd & 3rd places: Ryan Minegar and Willie Alvarez

We recently got sanctioned by BCA and now have an in-house mixed 8 ball league going with several youth players as well and more leagues to be forming in the very near future. Scotch Doubles in January and a traveling 8 ball mixed will come in February

So come on out for one of our Friday night events, quarterly tournaments or just some good food, friendly service and shoot pool in a great place.

A special thanks to all the players who continually support our events.

We will be starting a Toadstool inhouse Monday night mixed scotch doubles league on Monday, January 18th that will run for 6 weeks…9-ball & 8-ball (3 games each).

We will be hosting a mixed scotch doubles VALENTINE tournament on Saturday, February 13th…. $50 per couple gets you into the tournament & dinner for two.  Special menu choices include 10-12 oz Prime Rib  or Seafood dinner (shrimp, tillapia, & scallops….all breaded & fried or grilled in white wine, butter & lemon)  or Bourbon Chicken & Ribs  served with salad, roll, baked potato or steak fries, homemade baked beans & “desert 4 two”….probably cheesecake or berry crisp…..MMMMMMMM!  Remember that we serve beer, wine & wine coolers!

Entry to the tourney only is $25 per couple…..dinner only is $30 per couple.   We will host the same dinner on Sunday from 5pm to 8pm  (Valentines day)……please call ahead for reservations  (208) 398-7321.