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The Inaugural Sam's Club National BBQ Tour Team Update

February 14, 2011
Last week’s 72-hour registration period for The Inaugural Sam's Club National BBQ Tour was quite a rush! More than 650 teams tried to enter the series and claim one of the coveted 30 spots at the 20 local contests throughout America.

So the question remains: were all the spots taken?! Almost, but not quite! At last count, there were about 40 openings that were not claimed or confirmed.

That means a Second Open Registration has been scheduled and will be open for 24 hours only. It is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 21, starting at Noon EST, and ending at Noon EST on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

However, prior to that open registration, the KCBS board of directors decided that teams on the current waiting lists would be given an opportunity to switch their registrations to any open slots at another contest. At the close of the first period, there were about 65 teams on the waiting lists, and they had entered the system correctly during that open time frame, but were simply unable to get an open slot because of the one-team, one-entry rule.

It’s expected that some of these teams will decide to compete at another location. But KCBS also expects that some of them will stay in their waiting positions as well.

Once all of the waiting teams have indicated what their intentions are, KCBS will announce the remaining number of slots that will be open during the Second Open Registration period. That announcement should occur no later than Friday, Feb 18.

Stay tuned, and for those teams looking for a second entry into the big competition series, keep your eyes open and your fingers crossed!

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