liar's dice

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Cat Haverback, PA

2015 Champion

Event History

2003 Josh Githens 140
2004 Lucimara Martins 145
2005 Legend Dan Hoffman 132
2006 Dan Hoffman 145
2007 Thomas Browne 195
2008 Josh Lanham 212
2009 Bernard Beckerman 183
2010 Richard M. Shay 216
2011 Kevin Wojtaszczyk 213
2012 Patrick Shea 220
2013 Andrew Emerick 265
2014 George Talbot 199
2015 Cat Haverback 227


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Josh Githens       SC    14     90
  2.  Andrew Emerick     CT    13     58
  3.  Patrick Shea       VA    12     42
  4.  Daniel Hoffman     NC    06     36
  5.  Cat Haverback      PA    15     30
  6.  George Talbot      PA    14     30
  7.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    11     30
  8.  Richard M. Shay    MA    10     30
  9.  Bernard Beckerman  NY    09     30
 10.  Kathy Kilroy       PA    09     30
 11.  Josh Lanham        MD    08     30
 12.  Thomas Browne      PA    07     30
 13.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    05     30
 14.  Lucimara Martins   bz    04     30
 15.  Jeff Meyer         MA    14     21
 16.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    12     21
 17.  Chris Greenfield   NY    15     18
 18.  Alyssa Gumkowski   PA    12     18
 19.  Nick Henning       CT    10     18
 20.  Peter Staab        PA    09     18
 21.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    08     18
 22.  Matt Calkins       VA    07     18
 23.  Doug Galullo       FL    05     18
 24.  Richard Curtin     NY    04     18
 25.  Fabio Tola         MD    03     18
 26.  Kolbe DiGiulio     PA    13     16
 27.  Greg Thatcher      FL    10     15
 28.  Chris Erickson     NJ    15     12
 29.  Carl Krosnick      PA    13     12
 30.  Dale Long          NJ    10     12
 31.  Haim Hochboim      il    08     12
 32.  Vasili Kyrkos      NY    07     12
 33.  John Kilbride      PA    05     12
 34.  Craig Reece        FL    04     12
 35.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    03     12
 36.  Adina Weiss        NJ    15      9
 37.  Max DuBoff         NJ    14      9
 38.  Carolyn Strock     PA    12      9
 39.  Tim Packwood       DE    11      9
 40.  Chuck Foster       ID    10      9
 41.  Adam Nolan         VA    09      9
 42.  Danielle Zack      MD    07      9
 43.  Robert Drozd       IL    04      9
 44.  Bill Place         PA    03      9
 45.  Jared Spear        VA    13      8
 46.  Steven LeWinter    NC    15      6
 47.  John Pack          CO    14      6
 48.  Blair Morgen       NJ    12      6
 49.  Jeff Plummer       NC    11      6
 50.  Chester Lanham     MD    08      6
 51.  Bruce Reiff        MD    07      6
 52.  Erik Arneson       PA    06      6
 53.  Larry Lingle       PA    05      6
 54.  Abigail Cocke      MD    03      6
 55.  Seth Bell          CT    13      4
 56.  Ma. Lague-Gomez    qc    15      3
 57.  Dominic Blais      qc    14      3
 58.  Jeff Hing          PA    12      3
 59.  Glen Pearce        on    11      3
 60.  Rod Bacigalupo     MD    10      3
 61.  Stephanie Kilroy   PA    09      3
 62.  Harry Flawd        PA    08      3
 63.  Patrick Havert     CA    07      3
 64.  Devin Flawd        PA    06      3
 65.  Ashley Collinson   MD    05      3
 66.  Jeff Mullet        OH    04      3
 67.  Peter Stein        OH    03      3
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 0

Chris Greenfield, NY

Chris Erickson, NY

Adina Weiss, NJ

Steven LeWinter, NC

Mathieu Lague-Gomez, qc

Past Winners

Josh Githens, SC

Lucimara Martins, Brazil

L. Dan Hoffman, MD

Dan Hoffman, NC

Thomas Browne, PA

Josh Lanham, MD

Bernard Beckerman, NY

Richard M. Shay, MA

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY

Patrick Shea, VA

Andrew Emerick, CT

George Talbot, PA

Cat Haverback, PA

The Jay's Basement table isn't hard to spot.

Must be Werewolf Prom night again ...

Richard Irving, Peter Staab and Jordan Shea wonder who they can trust.

Tom Parauda educates the next generation in the fine arts of stretching the truth.

Little White Fibs!

The event rebounded from a “down” year in 2014 when it only drew 199 to once again break 200 for the fifth time in six years. As tradition required, the lies started following a simultaneous  227-cup shake and smash to the tables.

36 prevaricators progressed to the semifinal round—sadly, once again without moi among them. Having dismissed 191 of their brethren, we were surely dealing with more accomplished fibbers in the six 6-player tables of Round 2. Yet, the Final consisted of Cat Haverback, Adina Weiss, Mathieu Lague-Gomez, Steven LeWinter, Chris Greenfield, and Chris Erickson—not a former laurelist among them. But then, there have only been 11 returnees to the Final in the 13 years of the tournament, so it came as no surprise that 2015 would crown its 13 different champion in as many years.

The bloodletting commenced early with four dice lost in the first round. The bid carousel stopped at 13 4’s by Steve. Chris declined to ride that horse further and discovered only nine 4’s so Steve went down to his last die before he even settled in to his chair. Mathieu then bid 10 stars and when Steve called we were looking at the quickest exit from a Final ever, but there were only nine so Mathieu lost a die and Steve settled back in his chair. In Round 3 Mathieu again put Steve in hot water with a bid of 12-6's and again Steve put his game on the line and called, finding 11 and costing Mathieu another die. Round 4 continued the same trend with Steve and Mathieu dueling and the rest content to yield the field of honor to the two antagonists. Mathieu’s bid of 7-stars proved one too many, and Mathieu again suffered another paper cut. Round 5 was amazingly more of the same. Mathieu’s bid of 6-stars was called yet again by Steve who obviously was trying to get a head start on some sack time. But this time there were only four stars so Mathieu lost his last two dice and retired in 6th place. Steve had survived four consecutive challenges with but a single die and downed an unbled opponent to escape the cellar. Heady stuff.

The duel now over, it was time to let the others play. The sixth bid was 10-3's by Cat when Adina called the first Exactor causing everyone but Cat and Steve to lose a die.

Adina bid 6-stars in Round 7 and Steve was still feeling his oats, but there were eight stars so Steve finally got to shuffle off to bed. A valiant effort for someone hamstrung on the first round but who managed to stick around while eight dice were lost—most by his own calls.

With Steve gone, Cat and Adina decided to get in on this duelling too. Cat bid 7-6's in Round 8 and Adina’s call cost her two dice. Round 9 was Deja Vu allover again. Cat’s bid of 7-4's yielded nine so Adina lost her last pair and was out in 4th place—much to the disappointment of her own cheering section from Jay’s Basement.

At this point the three remaining fabricators knew they were going to get plaques, but only one would get the shield. Cat led with all five of his dice remaining, while the two Chris’s—who had yet to be tested—had four each. Cat’s luck held in Round 10 when his bid of 5-5’s yielded the second exactor costing both of his adversaries a die.

Cat, ahead 5-3-3, was finally blooded in Round 11 when his bid of 5-4’s was one too many.

Round 12 found the two Chris’s squabbling. Greenfield’s bid of 4-6's actually yielded six so Erickson lost a pair and was down to his last die.

Erickson, with visions of pulling a LeWinter stand, survived a bid of 4-6’s in Round 13, costing Cat his second die. But his last stand was not to be so memorable as Cat did him in when his Round 14 bid of 4-4's proved one too many.

Round 15 found the two survivors evenly matched with three dice apiece. Cat had survived multiple challenges while Chris had been able to pass his bids along without much in the way of confrontation. That was about to end. Chris bid 4-2's with only three showing so Chris lost a die.

Chris tied it again in Round 16 with the third Exactor on 3-4’s but became the underdog again in Round 17 when his 3-3’s bid yielded only two.

Now Cat was in the catbird seat and although he had a 2 and a 6 under his cup he started the bidding with 1-star. Chris G had a 5 under his cup and instead of calling the 1-star bid he jumped the bid to 2-5's. At this point Cat called immediately as he knew his bluff was successful. In so doing, he had just won his first WBC title.

Jonathan is strategically located between a pair of junior fibbers and away from the more cunning truth stretchers.

The liars become more practised as the semifinals begin and the sharks recognize their peers in the bluffing arts.

A better class of prevaricators remains for the semifinals as the masses are off to bed.
GM Jason Levine [13th Year] NA

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