Kate Parker was skeptical during a 2006 triannual pool tournament at Dundalk's Green Room Billiards club, and with good reason.
"I've got a feeling we're going to Vegas," she remembered one of her teammates saying. And despite the banner adorning the lobby — "This way to Vegas" — Parker still had her doubts.
"We had a shot at Vegas and we lost," she said. "So we went into the losers' bracket; we had a shot at Vegas and we lost."
Even after the two defeats, Parker and her team turned things around, going on an unlikely run. And through a combination of luck, skill and quirks in the rules, the Elkridge resident's team was off to...