air baron

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Craig Melton, VA

2015 Champion

Event History

1996 Jack Jaeger 118
1997 James Garvey 110
1998 Fred Minard 94
1999 Ken Rothstein 117
2000 John Coussis 109
2001 Jack Jaeger 72
2002 Chris Storzillo 73
2003 Jonathan Fox 68
2004 Michael Musko 80
2005 Robert Sohn 75
2006 Brandon Bernard 90
2007 John Coussis 70
2008 Erica Kirchner 67
2009 Chris Storzillo 60
2010 Ken Rothstein 57
2011 Stephane Dorais 61
2012 Michael Holmquist 68
2013 Stephane Dorais 57
2014 Bruce Bernard 60
2015 Craig Melton 69

Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  John Coussis       IL    07    131
   2.  Stephane Dorais    qc    14    122
   3.  Ken Rothstein      NY    14    116
   4.  Chris Storzillo    NJ    09    108
   5.  Brandon Bernard    PA    15    104
   6.  Andy Gardner       VA    15     85
   7.  Craig Melton       VA    15     80
   8.  Robert Sohn        PA    12     78
   9.  Bruce Bernard      PA    14     64
  10.  Tom Bissa          MI    14     52
  11.  Michael Musko      IN    04     50
  12.  Jack Jaeger        VA    01     50
  13.  Jimmy Fleckenstein VA    09     46
  14.  Michael Holmquist  PA    12     40
  15.  Erica Kirchner     KY    08     40
  16.  Jonathan Fox       FL    03     40
  17.  Pat Richardson     VA    09     37
  18.  Thomas Richardson  VA    08     36
  19.  Peter Busch        OH    00     36
  20.  Richard Fox        FL    06     32
  21.  Jim Fleckenstein   VA    11     30
  22.  Chuck Krueger      MA    02     30
  23.  Steve Katz         VA    01     30
  24.  Seth Kirchner      OH    15     24
  25.  Dee Ann Gehring    IN    08     24
  26.  Kyle Snyders       IL    06     24
  27.  Matt Fagan         NJ    10     22
  28.  Luke Koleszar      VA    12     20
  29.  John Wetherall     PA    01     20
  30.  Scott Fenn         MD    10     18
  31.  Gary Presser       NY    00     18
  32.  Ed O'Connor        NJ    14     16
  33.  Bruce Bernard      PA    13     16
  34.  Brian Stone        NY    13     16
  35.  Virgina Melton     VA    11     16
  36.  Joe Pellicia       ME    99     16
  37.  Michael Destro     NJ    04     15
  38.  Pat Mirk           FL    01     15
  39.  Brian Schott       MD    05     14
  40.  Brad Sherwood      PA    14     12
  41.  Winston Forrest    VA    99     12
  42.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    04     10
  43.  Bob Jamelli        PA    10      9
  44.  John Rinko         VA    15      8
  45.  Kurt Miller        PA    11      8
  46.  Greg Schmittgens   KS    07      8
  47.  Shantanu Saha      NY    03      8
  48.  Eric Shaffer       AZ    02      5
  49.  Bob Foster         ID    01      5
  50.  Scott Smith        PA    15      4
  51.  Matt Fagan         NJ    13      4
  52.  David Buchholz     MI    11      4
  53.  Chuck Foster       ID    06      4
  54.  Tom Bissa          MI    05      4
  55.  John Chung         WA    03      4
  56.  Jerry Ohlinger     NY    09      4
  57.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    10      3
  58.  Philip Shea        FL    09      3
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 0

Seth Kirchner, OH
2nd

Brandon Bernard, PA
3rd

Andy Gardner, VA
4th

John Rinko, VA
5th

Scott Smith, PA
6th


Past Winners

Jack Jaeger, VA
1996, 2001

James Garvey, NY
1997

Fred Minard, PA
1998

Ken Rothstein, NY
1999, 2010

John Coussis, IL
2000, 2007

Chris Storzillo, NJ
2002, 2009

Jonathan Fox, FL
2003

Michael Musko, IN
2004

Robert Sohn, NJ
2005

Brandon Bernard, PA
2006

Erica Kirchner, KY
2008

Stephane Dorais, qc
2011, 2013

Michael Holmquist, PA
2012

Bruce Bernard, PA
2014

Craig Melton, VA
2015

John Coussis and Robert Woodson eye new markets.

Stephane Dorais. Bruce Bernard and Robert Sohn study hubs.

The Windy City Proves Worth the Wait ...

The airlines were alive and well in Limerock as the Air Baron Tournament bid adieu to its long time hub. 69 gamers set their sights on market share but calamities were ever present in seemingly greater frequency than in the past. Several CEOs thrived despite the negative events including Dave Earls who won both of his forays into the Preliminary heats.

   There were ten strikes in the five semifinal contests even though the strike was not the first calamity drawn in any game. Craig Melton landed early at his semifinal table in just over an hour with a dominant market share of 280 and $53 in cash. Seth Kircher claimed market share dominance in his semi with 330 plus $34. John Rinko’s 220/$110 split bought his Final runway along with Brandon Bernard’s 290/$51 and Andy Gardner’s 260/$30.

The Final started with a bankroll of $6 so the threat of fare wars hung heavy from the outset. The $1 Government Contract was won by Kircher for $2 in the opening Turn. It proved to be a great investment as the contract was never drawn again, netting Kircher a $14 profit. Despite the flush money opening, the first Fare Wars attack would not occur until Turn 4. When players did venture into Fare Wars, they were rewarded with early success. Attackers held a solid 75% success rate, allowing them to gain market share quickly. Melton ran six rolls to take both Phoenix and Denver. Kircher followed with seven wins in Detroit, New York, and Washington. By Turn 5, everyone was at war because a large portion of the board was already occupied. Bernard stuck with the family strategy of westward expansion, following in his father’s successful 2014 shoes, and took control of LAX while Rinko and Gardner’s attempts to sustain market share were thwarted by high defense rolls. Turn 10 saw the dreaded fuel hike—but Bernard and Kircher had been fortunate with money draws and were able to cover $22 and $18 expenses respectively. Rinko was not so lucky and was forced to downsize in Atlanta while Gardner sold off interests in Miami. Melton had to jettison a Jumbo Jet, but was able to maintain his properties and market share. During Turns 11-15, the feel at the table was that Bernard or Kircher were in the driver’s seat. In Turn 12, Bernard needed but three successful die rolls to win, but was stopped 6-6 on his first attempt. Melton had his shot to win in Turn 13, but was also stopped early as defensive dice held sway. By Turn 14, the turn order was seen as the harbinger of victory. Bernard’s chit was drawn first and he won his first attack, only to next lose the game clinching roll in Cincinatti. Melton was next out of the cup, and while a $15 strike moved the goal posts back, he retained enough cash to attempt a win. Needing two successes, he failed his first—passing the opportunity to Kirchner who also lost his first attack.

Thus dawned Turn 15, and one by one, the contenders again failed their game clinching attacks until Melton gained control of Chicago with wins in Milwaukee and Minneapolis St-Paul to push his market share to 320 with $12 to spare to become our 15th Air Baron champ.

GM Max Jamelli and his five high flying finalists.
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