Another Member of the World's Greatest
Jon Lockwood, Phil White, Dave Brooks
and Lisa Gutermuth
Mike Shea, Vassili Kyrkos, Dan Gardner,
and Owen Kyrollos
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
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
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
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.