liar's dice  

Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report    

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

George Talbot, PA

2014 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

 Laurels

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

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Josh Githens, SC
2nd

Jeff Meyer, MA
3rd

Max DuBoff, NJ
4th

John Pack, CO
5th

Dominic Blais, qc
6th

Past Winners

Josh Githens, SC
2003

Lucimara Martins, Brazil
2004

L. Dan Hoffman, MD
2005

Dan Hoffman, NC
2006

Thomas Browne, PA
2007

Josh Lanham, MD
2008

Bernard Beckerman, NY
2009

Richard M. Shay, MA
2010

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY
2011

Patrick Shea, VA
2012

Andrew Emerick, CT
2013

George Talbot, PA
2014
     

GM Jason does his Reiff imitation for the masses ... at last he is easier on the chairs.

The Jay's Basement table is appropriately dressed for the evening festivities.

Andy Latto, Nick Page, Robb Effinger and Sceadeau D'Tela with a bluffer who will have trouble lying since he can't talk yet.

This is what happens when you ignore our request to bring a game. You get to play with the deluxe version.

Little White Fibs!

Liar's Dice remained a big draw in its 12th year at WBC, although increased late night competition dropped it below the 200 player threshold for only the second time in the past seven years. Nevertheless, 199 crazed liars still appeared for the traditional massed cup shake and simultaneous roll of nearly 2,000 dice. 34 of those prevaricators presevered to the semifinal round. Your happy GM was again dispensed with in the opening round and spent his seventh year on the sidelines watching his betters advance.

The Final contingent of liars was composed of Dominic Blais, George Talbot, Josh Githens, John Pack, Jeff Meyer, and Max DuBoff. Josh was the original champion of this event and has now returned to the Final five times. That's saying a lot when you consider that in 12 years, there have been only 11 subsequent appearances by former finalists and Josh has four of them. Among this crop, only Jeff had also reached Round 3 previously - back in 2008.

The first round of bids was started by Dominic and to his despair, the bid made the circuit of the table, climbing as it went, and returned to him. H15-3's were called by George and found to be lacking two, so Dominic was in an early two-dice hole. He would soon have company and be looking down on the new occupant of the hole as Max's bid of12-5's was three too many so Dominic had the pleasure of climbing out of last place with his successful challenge.

Max was in danger of an earlt exit when his 10-2's bid was called by George but it resulted in the first Exactor of the game and cost everyone else a die. That was bad news for Dominic who was once again on the bottom rung of the dice ladder. His bid of 5-stars didn't get by George and cost him his fourth die, making him the first player down to his final die in rapid fashion. The chorus began to warm up in the background but did not have long to wait. Max's bid of 5-stars drew a premature challenge by Dominic with 7 showing so Dominic claimed 6th place to the enchanting lyrics of "Kiss 'em goodbye".

He would soon have company. John lost a die on a bid of 8-5's and a successful Jeff challenge. Only his second loss so no big deal, except that he then challenged Josh's bid of 7-3's only to find ten showing. He took his last three dice and joined Dominic on the sidelines in the LID equivalent of a thermo-nuclear blast.

That was the end of Max's reprieve as the bidding returned to his side of the table. His bid of 6-3's could not pass George's muster and with only four of them rolled, he became the third casualty with the loss of his last two dice. With the havenots vanquished, the three remaining liars each had four dice left and would now have to pick on equally armed adversaries.

Josh had been a relative bystander up till now which is a good thing in LID. Being the center of attention does not often yield a long life expectancy. But he would take the first loss in this showdown of the Have's when his bid of 5-3's cost him a die to a Jeff challenge. In the very next round he got even with a bid of 3-3's resulting in the second Exactor of the game. .That tied it up again at three dice each. Josh's next bid of 5-5's drew Jeff third straight challenge - and again Jeff lost a die - making him +1/0/-1 on his three challenges but still the low man on the totem pole with just two dice left.. Jefferson's next bid was a desperate 6-1's and George ushered him out of contetnion with the loss of his last two dice and into third place.

Now it was down to two very different players. Josh, the former champion and five-time finalist vs George, the rookie finalist. Piece of cake, right? Three dice each for all the marbles head to head.

George opened with 4-3's. Josh called only to discover the third Exactor. Advantage, George. George bid again with 3-2's and Josh's call revealed only two. All tied up at two dice each. With the pressure on, Josh bid 2-4's and George's callrevealed only one. Josh was down to his last die and not looking forward to his second straight bridesmaid showing. Unfortunately, Josh's bid of 2-2's held no magic elixir and he was runner-up again. George thus became our 12th straight new champion with tan extra die remaining.

This table is obviously going for the "best dressed" award - except for Nick - he was too busy winning tournaments to change his lucky t-shirt.

So how did Justin Rice get invited to play at the Greenwille Mafia Table on hawaiian shirt night? Well, of course, he lied. Ralph again didn't get the dress code memo.

What will the "Guns, Dice & Butter" audience think of this, herr Dockter? What's next - euroweenie games?

Sean McCulloch is in beaucoup trouble sitting
between those two. I wouldn't trust either of them.
 GM     Jason Levine  [12th Year]  NA
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