With a little help from his friends, Kevin Martin won his fourth Edmonton Super League title.
Martin beat Jamie King 8-7 Wednesday night at the Saville Centre.
The win was sealed with a spectacular triple-takeout for four in the sixth end, rivalling any of the shots Martin will be charting for the Edmonton Sun at the upcoming Brier.
"I was scared of hitting it not quite right and rolling out for one when I had the easiest deuce ever," said Martin. "You might as well try."
Martin won 800 Brier Patch tokens (if that's how he wants to spend the $3,200), but should have no trouble getting rid of them.
Martin posed for post-victory photos with seven of the 13 players who pinch-hit for his team at various times of the year.
"We'll be payin'," said Martin.
He handed the cheque over to longtime coach Jules Owchar, who was given the task of figuring out who played how many games. Owchar played lead during the three-game playoff run and cobbled together sub teams when Martin was out of town, and so will claim the lions' share of the loot.
"Jules got us in there this year," said Martin, who won previous Super League titles in 1990, 1993 and 1996, but has missed the playoffs the last five years. "It's tough when you're on the road all the time."
Martin's always liked the concept of the league, which he acknowledges as an incubator for prominence by Edmonton teams in the curling world.
"Edmonton Super League is tough," said Martin. "I still say that's why Edmonton teams are doing so well ... it's because of the Super League. That's why we continue to support the league. I think it's important to our city."
Playing for a hundred bucks a win and playoff money is a bit different than the cashspiel circuit, but it serves a more important role. "The money part isn't the main thing about this league," said Martin.
"For me, it's about the growth of the sport in the city. You have the young teams come in and battle around and pretty soon they get to the point where Blake (King's last rock MacDonald) is at now. All of a sudden they're good. This league enables us to have waves of good curlers."
King picked up 400 Brier tokens ($1,600).
"We'll probably be done those by Sunday," said King, whose team lost the Alberta final to Randy Ferbey. "Maybe we'll get some sympathy beers out of a few people."
Collin Herbers beat James Fletcher 5-2 to claim the B final and $1,600. Fletcher, who lost this year's provincial junior final, won $800.
In the C final, Dan Lepine's 8-3 win over Deb Santos netted him $800, while Santos won $400.