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Friday, October 23, 2009
Time to go all in

By Pete Robbins

NORMAN, OK. — For years, the bass pros have been telling us on tournament days that they're going to "take a gamble" or "go for broke."

This week they'll truly have their chance.

The inaugural "$100,000 Fish and Chips" tournament starts today, two days of fishing on Oklahoma's Lake Arbuckle, followed by a poker tournament at the Riverwind Casino. There will be prizes for each segment of the competition, along with an overall winning team.

A group of the best bass pros in the world are gathered here, some from the Elite Series, some from the FLW Tour, some unattached.

They brought partners, who by rule cannot have fished either of the major tours. At the end of two days on the water, their cumulative weight (based on a daily team four-fish limit) will determine the standings. Then they'll progress to the poker tournament, which will have 200 competitors. The anglers' standings in that event will be determined by where they finish among their 98 peers, not how they end up overall, although there may still be a temptation to go "hero or zero" with the big bucks involved.

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