2009 WBC Team TournamentThe 18th Run for the Slivers
July 26, 2009

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Odds for 101 Teams by Stuart "The Happy Handicapper" Tucker [July 26]. It's Post Time. And there's the bell: they're off and running. Thank you, all, for entering in sufficient numbers (a record 101 teams) to push the odds of our long-shot S.W.A.T. to 10,000 to 1. And to push our favorite Nest of Spies to a mere 20-1 shot. I see that the Omens field has scared off the Nest of Spies from trying to score points in Hannibal. Wise decision (showing why they are the thinking man's team to beat). For those attending Omens, I'll see you in six days. Signing off, this has been your Happy Handicapper, Stuart Tucker.

The usual word of warning to those teams whose members are listed in red below: if you're not pre-registered by July 25th, you're outa the running. There's no walk-ons in the Team Tournament.

Self-Service Scoring: To improve the speed with which the standings are updated, Team Member, whether they score a point or not, should post their point totals on the Team Tournament kiosk Standings Board as soon as they are known. The Point Schedule is listed in the printed program. Those who score points in an event they have never won will receive one bonus point. While the self-service scoring is unofficial and subject to verification, it allows attendees to gain a current sense of where they are in the standings as the week unfolds. Since the results of some events are not known until the very end (and later) of the convention, the official scoring will be done the following week and posted here. The winning team will receive a plaque at the 2009 convention.

2009 Teams [as of July 25, 2009]
Click on the graphic to see a larger version - Unofficial team logos courtesy of Dave Dockter
Champagne Room Gamers
The Defectors
Team #: 49
Rank: 1
Power:
469
Odds:
20:1
James Pei/FTP
Stefan Mecay/TWS
Chris Byrd/PUG
Dave Dockter/POG
Team #: 62
Rank: 2
Power:
333
Odds:
29:1
Bruce Reiff/WPS
Jeff Mullet/SJN
Nate Hoam/ALH
K Wojtasczyk/WOR
Team #: 34
Rank: 3
Power:
232
Odds:
42:1
Gary Dickson/TRC
S Dickson/MOV
Ray Freeman/TIM
Tom Gregorio/BTW
Team #: 19
Rank: 4
Power:
215
Odds:
45:1
Harry Flawd/SSB
Devin Flawd/PDT
Jordan Flawd/TTA
M Yoshikawa/MMS
Team #: 58
Rank: 5
Power:
214
Odds:
46:1
Pete Stein/KRM
D Gutermuth/EPB
L Gutermuth/CAR
K Gutermuth/WPS
Greenville Mafia: War
Team #: 43
Rank: 6
Power:
211
Odds:
46:1
Doug James/TRC
Jim Eliason/VIP
Rich Beyma/WAT
Rob Beyma/RBS
Team #: 90
Rank: 7
Power:
208
Odds:
47:1
Jason Levine/WPS
Arthur Field/DOM
Davyd Field/TKL
Kate Taillon/BAT
Team #: 3
Rank: 8
Power:
206
Odds:
47:1
Keith Wixson/HRC
M Birnbaum/WTP
Tom Drueding/PUG
Henry Rice/SUC
Team #: 38
Rank: 9
Power:
201
Odds:
49:1
Josh Githens/CMS
Bryan Collars/ CBC
Bill Beckman/SSB
John Emery/UPF
Team #: 29
Rank: 10
Power: 200
Odds:
49:1
K Hunsinger/ATS
Paul Risner/B17
Jim Jordan/BRI
Bruce Monnin/TWS
Team Delaware XVI
Team #: 57
Rank: 11
Power:
199
Odds:
49:1
Tim Hitchings/EPB
Vince Meconi/GBG
W Rohrbeck/WSM
V Hitchings/PRC
Team #: 20
Rank: 12
Power:
191
Odds:
48:1
F Pafenburg/B81
Bob Ryan/ANZ
Randy Heller/BWD
Phil Evans/TRC
Team #: 11
Rank: 13
Power:
189
Odds:
48:1
Marty Sample/ACS
A Applebaum/VIP
Dave Finberg/TTN
Aaron Fuegi/TT2
Team #: 84
Rank: 14
Power:
188
Odds:
49:1
St Packwood/776
Rich Moyer/SSB
Mike Backstrom/SET
Sam Packwood/EPB
Team #: 18
Rank: 15
Power:
185
Odds:
49:1
Kevin Youells/ACV
Greg Kulp/HWD
Jeff Cornett/E&T
Doug Galullo/DOM
Team X
Wabbit's Wevenge
Team #: 8
Rank: 16
Power:
183
Odds:
53:1
S Koleszar/TTN
Luke Koleszar/ALH
Dave Platnik/PRO
Gerald Lientz/SCT
Team #: 44
Rank: 17
Power:
179
Odds:
55:1
Bill Dyer/FDE
Brad Johnson/RRY
Joe Abrams/MOV
Gl McMaster/DUN
Team #: 53
Rank: 18
Power:
179
Odds:
55:1
John Poniske/812
Rick Young/TWS
P Gaberson/WNW
Dave Metzger/BCY
Team #: 70
Rank: 19
Power:
170
Odds:
58:1
Tim Dolan/BCY
Dan Dolan Sr/ELC
Chris Storzillo/ABN
Seth Gunar/SCC
Team #: 79
Rank: 20
Power:
169
Odds:
58:1
Chris Moffa/PRO
B Flaxington/TKL
Eric Freeman/AMR
Greg Thatcher/ELG
Line of Succession
Where's Stein?
Harley Gang
Team #: 67
Rank: 21
Power:
165
Odds:
59:1
Alex Bove/RA
H Hochboim/AMR
R Lehrer/GOA
A Warszawski/POF
Team #: 46
Rank: 22
Power:
162
Odds:
61:1
Larry Lingle/QGB
D Culhane/EOS
J Wetherell/AGR
C Hickok/AGE
Team #: 13
Rank: 23
Power: 161
Odds:
61:1
Peter Reese/WLL
Bill Edwards/ATS
Andrew Maly/BAR
G Young/WTP
Team #: 63
Rank: 24
Power: 159
Odds: 62:1
Mike Stanley/CMS
S McCulloch/QGB
S Palenshus/YSP

J Thompson/KGM
Team #: 42
Rank: 25
Power:
157
Odds:
62:1
Marty Musella/PZB
J Popiden/PGG 
K Schoose/TWS
Bert Schoose/TRC
Team #: 33
Rank: 26
Power:
156
Odds:
63:1
Bill Morse/BWD
Br Sinigaglio/B81
F Sinigaglio/CMS
D Greenwood/BKN
Team #: 10
Rank: 27
Power:
150
Odds:
65:1
D Meyaard/ELC
Karl Henning/QGB
Nick Henning/GSR
Jon Gemmell/ADV
Team #: 5
Rank: 28
Power:
149
Odds:
66:1
Justin Rice/HIS
Rob Doane/GCA
Chris Withers/TWS
Riku Riekkinen/FTP
Team #: 25
Rank: 29
Power:
144
Odds:
68:1
John Sharp/VIP
Bill Thomson/SQL
Bruno Wolff/TT2
Ed Menzel/GBG
Team #: 89
Rank: 30
Power:
144
Odds:
68:1
Geoff Pounder/SJN
Nick Page/PRO
Robb Effinger/ELG
Jason Ley/AGE
Betterlate thanever
Greenville Mafia - Death
R-TM-C
Avenel Hill Game Co
Team #: 99
Rank: 31
Power:
135
Odds:
73:1
G Rodgers/EIS
John Kilbride/DOM
Blair Morgen/TTR
K Galbraith/RSK
Team #: 41
Rank: 32
Power:
131
Odds:
75:1
Scott Pfeiffer/BRI
Ralph Gleaton/UPF

Mike Hazel/ELG
Dan Lawall/RRY
Team #: 93
Rank: 33
Power:
131
Odds:
75:1
Charlie Drozd/VIP
Ted Drozd/EBG
Jenn Drozd/CAR
Robert Drozd/WAS
Team #: 69
Rank: 34
Power:
126
Odds:
78:1
Chris Bauch/MMS
T Coleman/SSB
D Curry/ACS
Allen Kaplan/CCA
Team #: 96
Rank: 35
Power: 125
Odds: 79:1
Andy Gardner/VIP
P Richardson/WAS
T Richardson/GSR 

Adam Nolan/ABN
Spielers
Killer Bs
Harley Gang
Team #: 35
Rank: 36
Power: 122
Odds: 81:1
Ben Knight/BCY
Roy Gibson/ACS
M Fitzgerald/DOM
Rob Eastman/FDE
Team #: 28
Rank: 37
Power: 112
Odds:
88:1
D Porterfield/AOA
Craig Yope/BCY
C Trimmer/WOR
Robert Frisby/PGG
Team #: 76
Rank: 38
Power:
107
Odds:
92:1
Tom McCorry/TWS
Rob Mitchell/CAR
M McCorry/FMR
Katie McCorry/ING
Team #: 54
Rank: 39
Power:
106
Odds:
937:1
Bill O'Neal/CCA
Bill Peeck/WTP
Bill Place/ACS
Bob Titran/KPR
Team #: 37
Rank: 40
Power:
105
Odds:
94:1
K Engelmann/SLS
Carrie Lewis/MMS
R Collinson/GSR
Eve Secunda/RBN
MAWS
The BB Guns
Team #: 50
Rank: 41
Power:
102
Odds:
97:1
D Nicholson/MMS
Richard Curtin/SET
Rob Sanchez/TWS
H Theodore/EOS
Team #: 7
Rank: 42
Power:
99
Odds:
100:1
Derek Landel/MMS
M Ussery/VIP
Matt Bacho/FDE
Eric Wrobel/MOV
Team #: 95
Rank: 43
Power:
96
Odds:
103:1
Bruce Bernard/STA
Bran Bernard/ABN
Brit Bernard/TTR
Beth Zhao/PRC
Team #: 22
Rank: 44
Power: 93
Odds:
106:1
Andy Latto/T&T
Cally Perry/SPG
C Brosius/DOM
Sam Brosius/LST
Team #: 17
Rank: 45
Power:
91
Odds:
109:1
Eric Brosius/FI5
Rich Meyer/AGR
Jeff Meyer/CYL
Ian Miller/PGD
Greenville Mafia: Famine
Point Men
Team #: 39
Rank: 46
Power:
87
Odds:
114:1
Bruce Young/UPF
Carl Sykes/RRY 
Ken Richards/NW5
Tim Rogers/HIS
Team #: 14
Rank: 47
Power:
83
Odds:
119:1
Paul McCarthy/HIS
Roger Taylor/WOG
Mike Mullins/HWD
P Rodrigues/SUC
Team #: 101
Rank: 48
Power:
82
Odds:
121:1
Ric Manns/HOS
Scott Moll/POG
Joe Pabis/CRX
Jason White/WNW
Team #: 21
Rank: 49
Power:
79
Odds:
125:1
Kathy Stroh/RFG
Bill Navolis/RRY
Cliff Ackman/UNP
S Squibb/ACS
Team #: 16
Rank: 50
Power:
76
Odds:
130:1
Ed Beach/GCA
Sarah Beach/ING
Matt Beach/HWD
N Beach/DOM
Barbarossa
StuRat's Pack
Sebastian & the Jinns
Team #: 97
Rank: 51
Power:
76
Odds:
130:1
Fred Minard/MED
S Shambeda/ACQ
Jim Carvin/ELC
Chris Gnech/T&T
Team #: 86
Rank: 52
Power:
75
Odds:
132:1
Nick Smith/AUC
Chris Hancock/SCT
Christa Hancock/MRA
Mark Love/GSR
Team #: 78
Rank: 53
Power:
72
Odds:
137:1
S Henrickson/WLL
Mark Guttag/CCA
Dl Broh-Kahn/TKL
K Broh-Kahn/PRO
Team #: 100
Rank: 54
Power:
72
Odds:
137:1
Llew Bardecki/TTR
Sarah Sparks/BRI
Nick Benedict/KGM
Arrin Nash/KRM
Team #: 31
Rank: 55
Power:
71
Odds:
139:1
R McCracken/BAR
Rod Coffey/776
Dave Stiffler/FMR
Andy Lewis/SSB
The Four Horsemen

Team #: 59
Rank: 56
Power: 71
Odds:
139:1
Ken Lee/GCA
Bob Jamelli/TWS
J Nordstrom/ACV
J Hasay/POG

Team #: 91
Rank: 57
Power:
71
Odds:
139:1
Keith Levy/PGD
Jim Sparks/WAW
Billy Sparks/QGB
Pierre LeBoeuf/SET
Team #: 26
Rank: 58
Power: 67
Odds:
148:1
An Collinson/CMS
As Collinson/ADV
Alex Henning/RRY
Becca Hebner/TTA
Team #: 45
Rank: 59
Power:
65
Odds:
152:1
Rob Kircher/AGR
Chad Gormly/LST
John Shaheen/PDT
Andrea Wicks VSD
Team #: 48
Rank: b
Power:
65
Odds:
152:1
S Larose/M44
M Sasseville/AOS
Benoit Groulx/DUN
JF Gagne/RA
3 Generation Gamers
Barnescon
EPGS All Stars
Eat Chit & Die!
Team #: 51
Rank: 61
Power:
65
Odds:
152:1
Matt Evinger/NVW
Tim Evinger/EIS
Ruth Evinger/GSR
Melissa Oslin/FMR
Team #: 72
Rank: 62
Power:
65
Odds:
152:1
Barry Barnes/RFG
M Kyrkos/PRO
V Kyrkos/MOV
Rob Barnes/IMP
Team #: 81
Rank: 63
Power:
64
Odds:
155:1
R Macinnis/HRC
Ken Horan/PRO
J Castonguay/PGD
Mike Kaltman/CYL
Team #: 2
Rank: 64
Power: 62
Odds:
160:1
Jeff Burdett/HIS
Jeremy Martin/PUG
N Thompson/BKN
Jeff Heidman/POG
Team #: 65
Rank: 65
Power:
61
Odds:
162:1
C Palermo/SFR
D Denton/CNS
B Stone/ELG
J Weintraub/LST
Next Gen
Officers & Gentlemen
Team #: 15
Rank: 66
Power:
50
Odds:
198:1
Joel Tamburo/KPR
John Keating/GXY
Tim Keating/LST
Shan Keating/TTR
Team #: 71
Rank: 67
Power:
46
Odds:
216:1
Joseph Belyeu/M44
Alex Gregorio/AE3
Danny Lewis/SSB
M Wojtaszczyk/CAR
Team #: 85
Rank: 68
Power:
46
Odds:
216:1
Brad Sherwood/RA
Kevin Shaud/ACS
Al Suszko/960
C Petruzelli/MED
Team #: 6
Rank: 69
Power:
42
Odds:
236:1
John Elliott/ACS
J Collinson 3/HWD
Bill Morgal/AE3
Matt Morgal/960
Team #: 82
Rank: 70
Power:
41
Odds:
242:1
Rick Cambron/HIS
S Fitchett/PRC
Robert Sohn/ABN
John Karr/PGD
Steel Patriots
Natty Boh 40's
Team #: 1
Rank: 71
Power:
40
Odds:
248:1
E Hitchings/WSM
Kyle McCool/B17
P Livingston/CMS
Mike Windle/EIS
Team #: 30
Rank: 72
Power: 40
Odds: 248:1
J Hebner/WOR
Mark Mitchell/GXY
Evan Cagwin/QGB
Dan Collinson/PGD
Team #: 55
Rank: 73
Power:
38
Odds:
261:1
Rich M. Shay/SPG
Pat Maloney/IMP
Rich J. Shay/DOM
Joel Feldman/AE3
Team #: 83
Rank: 74
Power:
38
Odds:
261:1
Andy Joy/CCA
R Olsson/WLL
C Sandifer/AOS
Peter Putnam/CYL
Team #: 47
Rank: 75
Power:
37
Odds:
268:1
Ste Dorais/DUN
Beauregard/ACQ 
Eric Caron/M44
R Jacques/IMP
Glorious CAB Ladies
Jay's Basement
Harley Gang
EPGS 1
Moms With Meeples
Team #: 64
Rank: 76
Power:
37
Odds:
268:1
Ellen Hoam/MOA
H Palenshus/ALH
P Gutermuth/FMR
Nicole Reiff/LID
Team #: 98
Rank: 77
Power:
37
Odds:
268:1
Bruce Duboff/TWS
Alan Elkner/POF
Jay Fox/TTR
Yoel Weiss/AE3
Team #: 27
Rank: 78
Power: 36
Odds:
276:1
Ru Harley/SCT
C Harley/ACV
Ra Harley/HWD
V Harley/EPB
Team #: 80
Rank: 79
Power:
35
Odds:
284:1
Rob Stribula/EPB
S Cameron/SCC
M Brown/RFG
Jim Vroom/UPF
Team #: 61
Rank: 80
Power:
32
Odds:
310:1
Marci Morelli/CAR
Ayree Rice/TTR
L Wojtaszczyk/ING
Jamie Tang/CMS
Evil League of Evil
Evil League of Evil
Team #: 23
Rank: 81
Power:
29
Odds:
340:1
Michael Shea/PRO
Lynda Shea/TAM
Bob Wicks/SFR
Terry Wicks/MED
Team #: 52
Rank: 82
Power:
29
Odds:
340:1
E Witkowski/BWD
Paul Koenig/8XX
J Gottesman/SPG

Scott Beall/WAS
Team #: 9
Rank: 83
Power:
28
Odds:
360:1
Marc Houde/ADV
T Houde/RRY
P Richardson/NVW
Mike Mahady/TTN
Team #: 12
Rank: 84
Power: 28
Odds:
360:1
Peter Perla/EOS
Mark Herman/ANZ
Z Lawrence/FTP
Rich Phares/TIM
Team #: 88
Rank: 85
Power:
28
Odds:
360:1
Rob Kilroy E&T
Ashley Kilroy TTR
Steph Kilroy RA
Kathy Kilroy LID
Natty Bohemians
Amish Terrarium
Muses of Lancaster
Occam's Razors
Team #: 68
Rank: 86
Power:
27
Odds:
370:1
M Buccheri/GSR
R Buccheri/MAN
Phil White/SFR
B Stephenson/TWI 
Team #: 73
Rank: 87
Power: 27
Odds: 370:1
Jeff Paull/BLR
Nathan Paull/MAN
Mike Gentile/CBC

Alex Maly/FDE
Team #: 74
Rank: 88
Power:
24
Odds:
410:1
Rob Spencer/RFG
G Schmittgens/ASK
Cath Paull/CAR
J Boomer/WLL
Team #: 77
Rank: 89
Power:
24
Odds:
410:1
Kelsey Lee/ACQ
S Vasilakos/FMR
Shira Levy/TTR
Shea Lawson/ADV
Team #: 60
Rank: 90
Power:
23
Odds:
430:1
A Engelmann/ELC
Joe Yaure/ING
Philip Yaure/CCA
Chris Yaure/WOR
Roll Chit & Die Roll Chit & Die
Harley Gang
Beauties and the Beast
Team #: 66
Rank: 91
Power:
22
Odds:
4520:1
John Reiners/AMR
AM Amicucci/ACS
Chris Kamm/A&A
Darren Velez/LST
Team #: 92
Rank: 92
Power:
22
Odds:
460:1
Robert Renaud/RFG
Peter Schmitt/SET
Colin Davis/AGR
Jill Renaud/DOM
Team #: 32
Rank: 93
Power:
21
Odds:
470:1
S Tuch/HOS
M Flowers/CAR
Carol Caler/ACS
Kath McCorry/ING
Team #: 24
Rank: 94
Power:
19
Odds:
500:1
Lexi Shea/LST
G Entwistle/MOV
P Entwistle/STA

Jordan Shea/FMR
Team #: 56
Rank: 95
Power:
16
Odds:
600:1
J Melton/MRA
V Melton/SET
R Melton/TTA
Craig Melton/SUC
Familia de los Cause
Familia de los Cause
Greenville Mafia: Pestilence
Natty Boh 40's
Team #: 36
Rank: 96
Power:
14
Odds:
700:1
James Parauda/RA
Luke Parauda/FDE
Billy Klein/CNS
Nico Parauda/TTR
Team #: 94
Rank: 97
Power:
5
Odds:
2000:1
Dave Duncan/AGR
Rich Roberts/STA
Eric Eshleman/RFG
Jeff Senley/SFR
Team #: 75
Rank: 98
Power:
4
Odds:
2500:1
Kirk Harris/HIS
Bertha Torres/PGD
Manuel Bravo/AE3
Evan Harris/CQP
Team #: 40
Rank: 99
Power: 3
Odds: 3300:1
Henry Pfeiffer/M44
Claire Pfeiffer/MOA
D Clinkscales/PRC 

Kevin Emery/MAN
Team #: 87
Rank: 100
Power:
2
Odds:
5000:1
Ross Fairgrieve/RFG
Pei-Hsin Lin/SET
Adam Sigal/TWI
Edward Fu/DOM
       
Team #: 4
Rank: 101
Power:
1
Odds:
10000:1
Bill Ashbaugh/AOA
M Rogozinski/TWI
John Stevens/AOR
Nick Klercker/AGE
       

Stretch Drive by Stuart "The Happy Handicapper" Tucker [July 25]. And, DOOOOWWWNNNN the Stretch they come. The field bunches up coming off the turn. From the back charging hard are strong contenders Fields of Glory and St Paul's Rejects. Can the Nest of Spies hold on? We have a new record field of 94 contenders lengthening the odds of the favorite to 19-1—and pushing the odds of the long shots to astronomical heights. Even the M.I.A. have shown up. This should be the toughest August ever for the Champagne Room Gamers in their pursuit of their elusive goal. The Handicapper himself is looking forward to trying once more for that rare Sand that keeps slipping through his hands. Get your bets in fast, folks. It is Post Time and the bell closing down the field is about to ring. See you in a few days!

Handicapper's Latest Line by Stuart "The Happy Handicapper" Tucker [July 24]. Stop the presses, re-jigger the odds: in a major development, underdog S.W.A.T. has dropped their anchor runner, their linchpin, their ... now the handicapper must scratch his head to give as realistic a probability as possible. Okay, we could say they have NO chance of winning the team tournament, but those kind of odds might be enough to get the Mob involved in rigging the games for profit. So, we'll tender a shaky 8400-1.

Good to see the Eastern Pa teams returning with new blood--provides a little company for the long-shots. We have also a number of spouse teams entering--let's see if they've learned anything from their home game life. The skeptical handicapper will be happy to be proven wrong.

In legal developments, I understand that the Jersey Gaming Commission is holding hearings on the StuRat's Pack team name regarding trademark infringement. This Happy Handicapper had the nice High School experience of having his graduation announcements misprinted by the printer way back when. I'm sure I can dig up hundreds of those little minicards from my keepsake drawer with the name "Sturat" emgraved in gold. And to be sure, this mustang runs in herds, not packs.. ;-)=


Handicap Update by Stuart "The Happy Handicapper" Tucker [July 22]. It's good to see teams scrambling to put together improved foursomes. Recent entries include some "known quantities" shuffling a few members in search of that elusive team chemistry that will win it all. A strong Team X enters again. The Glorious CABS Ladies are saying that they have game. "Die"ing Chits seem to be multiplying. The graduating teen element is coming of age, with a competitive Next Gen entry. And we have a new "favored challenger" in the second ranked slot: Champagne Room Gamers comes back with a strong new fourth, rated a 22-1 favorite to win it all and helping to lengthen the odds of the favored Nest of Spies, now at 16-1 (and the long shot S.W.A.T., now at 7800-1). Gee, if we keep pushing this field of teams to new records each year, I may start running out of zeros for the long shots. ;-)= The usual word of warning to those teams whose members are listed in red below: if you're not pre-registered by July 25th, you're outa the running. There's no walk-ons in the Team Tournament.


Handicap Update by Stuart "The Happy Handicapper" Tucker [July 20]. It is good to see that the Greenville and Quebec clans continue to field growing numbers of teams. We also have an encouraging number of young adult teams. Of course, the top ranks continue to house the familiar teams of yesteryear--albeit somewhat renamed in the case of the former All the King's Jesters.  Nest of Spies is the strong favorite with the Band of Fools the likely runnerup. The lower ranks are populated by a fair number of one- or two-horse teams with suspect fillers. We still await teams with heavy hitters like Reiff, Packwood, Field, and Gutermuth to jostle the odds and ranks. And I shudder if those named four got together on one team; the result might just be the formula to knock off the Nest of Spies. Fortunately for the rest of the field, the odds of that happening are even longer than the odds for S.W.A.T. The usual word of warning to those teams whose members are listed in red below: if you're not pre-registered by July 25th, you're outa the running. There's no walk-ons in the Team Tournament.


Early Handicap by Stuart "The Happy Handicapper" Tucker [July 12]. Aaaaand, theeeyyyre outta da gate, wid Da Boys taking the early lead, with Me & 3 Stiffs hanging tight, flanked by The Old Guard, MIT SGS, Central FL Gamers, and Koleszar Lientz Plat ... with S.W.A.T. bringin up da rear.

No, this isn't a horse race, but rather the early call on the Odds for registered Teams. All of the top 10 current favorites certainly have a chance of winning it all in the Team Tournament this year, but this commentator is watching the Tote Board and waiting to go to the Betting Window, because the inside scoop is that the Nest of Spies is darn near unbeatable having established a formula for success that makes them the Team of the Decade. Yes, you heard it here first. They have revenge on their mind and their Power Rating of 462 Points is a very strong reason to expect them to hang together and register again as THE unit to beat.

Despite some back grumbling from other columnists, the facts remain that this Happy Handicapper labeled 24 out of last year's top 25 teams as having better odds than the number of teams entered (that is to say they were the favorites to do well). Only one surprise long shot crept into the top 25 (and that team will have significantly improved odds this year with the Power Rating Points it earned in the last campaign).

In case your are wondering who to recruit, let me say that of those gamers that did not play for a team last year, the ones with the best Baton Rating for your team are:  Michael Sincavage (95), Phil Rennert (76), Andy Gardner (72), William Rohrbeck (67), and George Seary (65). The mighty Finn of 2008 has been snatched up already by Go Flank Yourself. Many eyes will be upon Riku to see if he can stop the Nest again in 2009.

If you are looking to steal a team member (assuming that neither the Nest of Spies, nor the Champagne Room Gamers, nor The Defectors are breaking up), then you might try to steal:  Steve Packwood (124), Arthur Field (100), Rob Beyma (86), Dave Metzger (81) or Andy Latto (71). But I sense that families will stick together, and top-rated players will hang with their buddies. I'm betting that nobody figures out how to beat the Nest of Spies' formula for success.

We'll check in again on registrations later in the month. Go ahead, surprise me, make my day, defect and ruffle some feathers. Play Texas Hold 'Em for team members if you must, but somebody please break up the Nest of Spies dynasty!!!

With all due respect to the very competitive St. Paul's Rejects—I just don't see a repeat in the cards for them with John Pack missing his first WBC this year, though they would certainly be among the favorites between the early bird teams already registered below. The usual word of warning to those teams whose members are listed in red below: if you're not pre-registered by July 25th, you're outa the running. There's no walk-ons in the Team Tournament.

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