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Virgin Gaming's $5,000 EA Sports Winner

by Matthew Kato on Feb 07, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Before the Super Bowl, Virgin Gaming and EA Sports held a $25,000 tournament at the Maxim Party filled with plenty of drama. Tampa, Florida's Carlos Yancy walked away with supreme honors and a $5,000 check.

Yancy (red sweater, above) beat Patrick Shaw (seated, middle) in a thrilling, back-and-forth 37-31 overtime win of Madden (both were playing as the Raiders) that came down to turnovers, a game-deciding penalty, and perhaps a case of nerves. Yancy kept it tied at the end of the fourth quarter after forcing a three-and-out from Shaw, who needed a first down to seal a win, but was stuffed on three consecutive running plays. In the final drive in overtime, Yancy actually threw an interception in the endzone, but Shaw was called for pass-interference, which gave Yancy the ball on the 1-yard line.

Virgin Gaming gives away a million dollars in cash and prizes for online play and tournaments (including fair play rules and mediation) covering a variety of hit games on the Xbox 360 and PS3. For more info, head over to the website.

For more on Yancy's win and his secrets to dominating in Madden, check out our Gamer feature in the upcoming April issue of Game Informer.

Winner Carlos Yancy (second from right) holds up the big check with EA Sports' President Peter Moore and (L-to-R) EA Sports senior vice president of worldwide development Andrew Wilson, Rob Segal (CEO of Virgin Gaming), and Billy Levy (president and co-founder of Virgin Gaming)