AUGUSTA, Ga. – Wilbur Paul, a member of the Blackfeet Nation living in Cherokee, won a nationally-recognized cribbage tournament in Augusta, Ga. on Sunday, Jan. 20. Paul won the Georgia Open which was held Jan. 18-20.
Paul placed second in the qualifying round and lost only one game in the playoff rounds breezing through four opponents for his first win.
The tournament was sponsored by the American Cribbage Congress – a national organization of cribbage enthusiasts which sponsors local clubs as well as national tournaments. Club #346 is located on the Qualla Boundary and meets Monday nights.
Paul, who serves as the Cherokee Boys Club board president, is a past cribbage champion of the local club and is believed to be only the third American Indian to place first in a national tournament.
– Keith Miller