After a few too many pregame drinks led to a sub-par performance at last years Big Buck World Championship, Linwood bar owner Steven Campbell vowed to better pace himself during this years competition, held last Saturday in Chicago.
By DUGAN ARNETT
The Kansas City Star
And while he didnt exactly succeed in that regard I had seven drinks and a shot before we even started, he reports the booze didnt seem to hinder his performance this time around.
Campbell concluded Saturdays tournament with a 3-2 record and placed 22nd in the 64-person field good for $250 in prize money and his best finish in three appearances at the event.
It was fun, man. said Campbell, who skipped his cousins wedding in order to compete. Thats the best Ive ever done.
The tournament, which pits competitors against each other in the popular hunting-inspired bar video game Big Buck HD, featured the nations top virtual sharpshooters in a double-elimination tournament with a $15,000 grand prize.
Before Saturdays main event, Campbell said, he battled nerves. In practice rounds on Friday and early Saturday, he struggled mightily, going winless.
But when the lights came on, Campbell thrived.
He won his first-round matchup, which was his goal, before losing his second. He then blasted his way to two consecutive victories in the losers bracket before suffering his second and final loss.
Twenty-second, it aint too bad, he said. But if I would have won two more games, I would have been in the big money a couple grand or more.
Still, the perfromance provided hope for next year, when hell attempt to take another step forward in his quest for the tourmanets top prize.
Said Campbell, Ive got some practicing to do.