Chess on Ice – 2017 WORLD FINANCIAL GROUP CONTINENTAL CUP LAS VEGAS, NV


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This weekend is the 2017 WORLD FINANCIAL GROUP CONTINENTAL CUP being held at the Orleans Arena at the Orleans Casino & Resort.  This is the 3rd time this event has been held in Las Vegas and each year it sells out days after the tickets go on sale.

Coming from Minnesota, you would think I would know this sport better.  Unfortunately, I don’t.  After watching some it the past three years its been held here, I wished I had. It’s actually a fun sport to watch once you see it live.  There is a reason they like to call it “Chess on Ice”  because it takes laser-like focus as an individual as well as a team to score.  At first glance, you may think it’s easy. Stay around and watch a match and you will see just what I mean.

Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice.[2] Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight or ten ends.. Wikipedia.

 

The competing teams are Team North America (Canda and the United States) vs. Team World (European nations)

Curling? In Las Vegas? In January?

Why Not?  Makes perfect sense with all the Canucks that come here every winter with all the other snowbirds.  Vegas is famous for holding championships of every kind (World Series of Beer Pong anybody?)  For all those venturing south for some fun in the sun, the pools are open and don’t have to be heated.  It’s not difficult to find a set or two of Bagpipes in Las Vegas for the Grand March and opening ceremonies.  It’s Vegas!

Although its “sold out” there are seats available for each “draw” (game) and they play Saturday with the final championship Draws on Sunday.  Details Here

Posted by Mark Anthony

Mark Anthony is The Vegas Tourist! Popular Tourism Ambassador, a frequent contributor to Las Vegas forums as well as travel media and bloggers. Loves to help people discover new things to see, do and experience while visiting Las Vegas and Beyond!

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