Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report  

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Michael Shea, CT

2014 Champion

Event History
1993    Bruce Reiff     8
1994    Ken Gutermuth    32
1995    Bruce Reiff    28
1996    Bruce Monnin    32
1997    Ken Gutermuth    16
1998    Cliff Ackman    28
1999    George Sauer    26
2000    Kevin Wojtaszczyk    39
2001    Arthur Field    34
2002    Bruce Reiff    40
2003    David Brooks    44
2004    Ray Stakenas II    42
2005     James Tyne    36
2006    Bruce Reiff    30
2007     Jon Lockwood    33
2008     Mike Stanley    34
2009    Steve Cuccaro    32
2010    Rob Kircher    36
2011    John Schoose    28
2012    Andy Gardner    25
2013    Ken Gutermuth    28
2014    Michael Shea    25


 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Bruce Reiff        OH    14     90
   2.  Ken Gutermuth      NC    14     62
   3.  Arthur Field       SC    09     50
   4.  Andy Gardner       VA    12     40
   5.  Jon Lockwood       VA    12     34
   6.  George Sauer       OH    06     34
   7.  Steve Cuccaro      MD    09     32
   8.  Jeff Mullet        OH    08     30
   9.  David Brooks       TN    10     28
  10.  Michael Shea       CT    14     24
  11.  Andy Joy           MD    13     24
  12.  John Schoose       IL    11     20
  13.  Rob Kircher        RI    10     20
  14.  Mike Stanley       OH    08     20
  15.  James Tyne         OH    05     20
  16.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    04     20
  17.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    00     20
  18.  Robert Buccheri    MD    11     16
  19.  John Schoose       IL    08     16
  20.  Luke Koleszar      VA    99     14
  21.  Aran Warszawski    il    13     12
  22.  Nick Smith         uk    12     12
  23.  Nate Hoam          OH    06     12
  24.  Doug Galullo       FL    05     12
  25.  Davyd Field        SC    04     12
  26.  Lisa Gutermuth     TX    03     12
  27.  Mary Kratz         ID    00     12
  28.  Vassili Kyrkos     NY    14     10
  29.  Tom Browne         PA    07     10
  30.  Chris Entwistle    MD    14      8
  31.  Bruce Monnin       OH    12      8
  32.  Zhiming Shi        NJ    11      8
  33.  Marc Houde         VA    09      8
  34.  Debbie Bell        MD    02      8
  35.  Nick Benedict      on    01      8
  36.  Debbie Gutermuth   TX    00      8
  37.  Henry Richardson   VA    11      6
  38.  Mike Buccheri      MD    08      6
  39.  Cliff Ackman       PA    00      6
  40.  Jason O'Donnell    OH    99      6
  41.  Christina Schoose  IL    14      4
  42.  Carol Haney        CA    09      4
  43.  Sean McCulloch     OH    07      4
  44.  Ben Shanks         SC    04      4
  45.  Natasha Metzger    NY    13      2
  46.  Owen Kyrollos      NJ    12      2
  47.  Bob Wicks          CT    10      2
  48.  Kate Taillon       SC    06      2
  49.  Tim Kelley         SC    05      2
  50.  Beth Zhao          VA    03      2
  51.  Debbie Otto        MO    99      2

2014 Laurelists
Returning Laurelists:

Ken Gutermuth, NC

Chris Entwistle, MD

Bruce Reiff, OH

Christina Schoose, IL

Vassili Kyrkos, NY

Past Winners

Bruce Reiff, OH
1993, 1995, 2002, 2006

Ken Gutermuth, NC
1994, 1997, 2013

Bruce Monnin, OH

Cliff Ackman, PA

George Sauer, OH

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY

Arthur Field, SC

Dave Brooks, TN

Ray Stakenas II, MI

James Tyne, OH

Jon Lockwood, VA

Mike Stanley, OH

Steve Cuccaro, MD

Robert Kircher, RI

John Schoose, IL

Jon Lockwood, Phil White, Dave Brooks and Lisa Gutermuth

Mike Shea, Vassili Kyrkos, Dan Gardner, and Owen Kyrollos

Another Member of the World's Greatest Club

25 intrepid souls showed up for this year's Auction tournament. I get questions every year whether this is the same game as The Collector or High Bid? Yes it's the same as The Collector, it's a bit different from High Bid but if you've played either, it won't be hard for you to pick up the few differences. I've given it some thought and I'm thinking of tweaking the format for next year and going to three heats and having only the winners advance in order to see if we can pick up a few more people next year. Let me know your thoughts.

Chris Entwistle turned out to be the big hitter of the mulligan and first round, winning twice. Rob Kircher dominated yours truly on the Tuesday mulligan. I'd get him back later. Bruce Monnin and our illustrious chairman of the board, Ken Gutermuth, also punched their tickets to the semis in this round.

Wednesday 's opening round came with a bit more desperation in the player's games. If Chris won his game (which he did) that meant one second place finisher would make the semis. So everyone set about their jobs. At my table I had a ridiculous start and powered through with Sterling and Queen Anne and had the high score of the tournament $9320. Christina Schoose, the youngest of the Schoose clan, took second. David Brooks dominated his table to make the Final while Michael Shea punched through to make the semis. Christina's runner-up score was strong enough to claim the last semifinalist slot.

The two semi tables were randomized and past champions Ken Gutermuth and Bruce Monnin ended up at the table with young hotshot Christina and the hot hand of the moment, Chris. At the other table were three past champions - Rob Kircher, David Brooks and myself plus also-ran Michael Shea. The key here was not to win, but make sure you were in the top two as both would advance. Ken quickly dominated his game with three quick Jewelry purchases to break the cash register and Chris had $430 more than Christina to end that Cinderella story. My game was a serious game of cat and mouse with Rob, David and I trying to stay in front of the others. I finally concluded that I was in front of them both and let Mike have an item cheap that won him the game with $8210. I had second with $7020 and David was left in the cold at third with $5350.

That put two multi-champs, Ken and I, into the Final with the only multiple winner this year, Chris E, and this Michael Shea interloper. You can sense how this is going to go, can't you?

When Vassili Kyrkos, our acting GM, took a look at my starting hand you could see the pity in his eyes. I was in serious trouble. I spent the whole game trying to 'upgrade' my Books, Glassware and other garbage and probably bought 60%+ of the items for sale. Both Ken and Chris had good scores and were content to let me battle with Mike for items they didn't need. Ken actually was $220 over what he needed to win but couldn't get win an auction cheap enough to declare the win. That would bite him. Finally, with two items left, I had gotten my score to $7110 - a minor miracle considerng my starting hand - so I sat out and let Mike buy the Figurines fairly cheap. He sold an item and got the everyone inherits card and took the last card - a Sterling giving him a set of that as well. He then declared for the win with $8510. Ken sat in stunned silence with $7720. Chris, who also thought he was in good shape, had $7390. My herculean effort of $7110 still left me a distant fourth. So with his win Mike Shea joined two exclusive clubs - an Auction tournament winner and the "People Don admires for denying me wood' club. Welcome to the winners circle, Mr. Shea!

GM Reiff and his co-finalists.

 GM     Bruce Reiff  [6th Year]  NA
   NA   NA 

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