Double Deck O’Cards


The remaining three Mental Athletes (MAs) will compete in the final event: 5 minutes to memorize 2 decks of 52 playing cards. All MAs will have identical decks of cards, previously arranged in the same exact order. The decks of cards will not be mixed and will have different colored backs to distinguish them.   The order of memorization AND recall (top to bottom or vice versa) will be determined PRIOR TO MEMORIZATION beginning.

Once the memorization period is over, the MAs will have a 2 minute hiatus prior to beginning recall. MAs will be randomly ordered prior to the beginning of the recall period. Each MA will be allowed no more than 15 seconds to answer. After the MA calls the card, the Judge will flip the card in the master deck to determine if the MA is correct. The first 2 MAs to make a mistake are eliminated. The remaining MA is crowned as the USA Memory Champion.

***   In the event that there is a TIE in Double Deck O’Cards, the following tie breaker will be used:

2 decks will be shuffled TOGETHER for a total of 104 cards.  Identically arranged decks will be presented to each MA.   The order of memorization AND recall will be TOP CARD DOWN (first card is on top when the deck is placed faced down on the table).  Card backs will be the same color.  MAs will have 90 seconds for memorization.  There will be a 1 minute hiatus between memorization and recall.  MAs will be randomly ordered prior to the beginning of the recall period.  Each MA will be allowed no more than 15 seconds to answer.   After the MA calls the card, the Judge will flip the card in the master deck to determine if the MA is correct.  Any MA to make a mistake or not attempt a recall is eliminated.  The last remaining MA will be crowned as the USA Memory Champion.  NOTE:  The remaining sole MA does NOT need to correctly recall the card to be crowned Champion.

 

** 2018 TEAM COMPETITION DOUBLE DECK O’CARDS **

The remaining two teams will choose one Mental Athlete to represent them to compete in the final event: 5 minutes to memorize 2 decks of 52 playing cards. Both MAs will have identical decks of cards, previously arranged in the same exact order. The decks of cards will not be mixed and will have different colored backs to distinguish them. The order of memorization AND recall (top to bottom) will be determined prior to the beginning of memorization.  After a 2 minute break, the MAs from the lowest seeded school will be asked to begin the card recall.  Each MA will have 15 seconds to recite the correct card or be eliminated. The first MA(s) to make mistakes are eliminated and the remaining MA’s Team is crowned the USA Team Memory Champion.