royal turf [Updated October 2004]  

2004 WBC Report  

 2005 Status: pending December Membership Century Vote

Luke Koleszar, VA

2004 Champion

2nd: Rhonda Reiff, OH

3rd: Lyle Wenger, PA

4th: John Welage, OH

5th: Phil Bradley, IL

6th: Mathieu Yuill, ONT

Event History
2004    Luke Koleszar     34


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Rank Name

From

Last
Total
 1. Luke Koleszar

VA

04
20
 2. Rhonda Reiff

OH

04
12
 3. Lyle Wenger

PA

04
  8
 4. John Welage

OH

04
  6
 5. Phil Bradley

IL

04
  4
 6. Mathieu Yuill

ONT

04
  2

All in the Family!

The Sugar Daddy smiled. Another event to annoy the few had been brought into the realm of the WBC. But he was concerned. Riding crop? He can't be serious.

Royal Turf is one of those late night games where you screw with everyone else in the cutthroat world of horse race fixing. How would it translate to a "friendly" trial event, where wood is on the line and players are relative strangers?

The demonstration was attended by six, which turned out to be a perfect number. After a 10-minute discussion of the rules and having answered some questions, the six were set off on their own trial game. As the demonstration game progressed, exclamations of "oh, wow!" and other players providing "helpful" suggestions emerged. They got it. Even better, the game played to completion in about 20 minutes, so for a first time play, they did well.

A few hours later, 34 showed up for the big show. The GM had a riding crop on hand, but was disappointed knowing that the horses would need no urging today. A few tweaks and clarifications were made to the ground rules. One, the 0-bet chit was used. Two, once a bet was placed players could not look at it until the end of the race. More than one player wondered if they were sandbagging the right horse.

Six tables were run, and the winner of each table advanced. Each table provided their own track name. The results of the different tracks broke down as follows:

Cranberry Acres Track
Mathiew Yuill - £2400
John Jacoby - £1800
Joe Nemet - £1700
Dan "Ball Peen" Dolan - £1600
Susan Cornett - £1500
Kevin Youells - £1450

Upsan Downs
John Welage - £2300
Doug Smith - £1900
Bob Hahn - £1800
Peter Stein - £1200
Christy Harrison - £900
Mike Coomes - £600

Penn National
Lyle Wenger - £2250
Chad Gormly - £1700
Evan Tannheimer - £1600
Eric Lenhart - £1500
Jim Carvin - £900

Greenwood Park
Luke Koleszar - £2100
Brad Bellows - £1850
Fabio Tola - £1550
John Shaheen - £1500
Rob Hassard - £750

Bettytoga
Phil Bradley - £1950
Andrew Maly - £1900
Robert Seulowitz - £1550
Gerald Leintz - £1400
Charles Ellsworth - £1200
Bruce Bernard - £900

DonCon Downs
Rhonda Reiff - £2600
Stan Buck - £1550
Ken Gutermuth - £1100
Perry Cocke - £1050
Jason Levine - £950
Bruce Reiff - £500

Yes, you correctly read that last result. Rhonda Reiff cleaned the clocks of some of the WBC's most famous sharks. And in their specialty - horseracing, no less. After seeing her husband's performance, she thought about having him retired, but was talked out of it.

So the six winners were "jetted" to Finalist Downs for the showdown. Bruce Reiff was the most nervous person in the room, as his wife, attending her first WBC was going for wood at the same time his daughter was going for wood in a juniors event. The GM flashed him signs of the game progress. After two races, three players, Mathiew, Rhonda, and Luke appeared to be well ahead of the other three. But with double payoffs for the third and final race, it was still anyone's game to be had.

Sahara Wind proved to be a popular bet, with five chits going down on the long-shot. The wind ruled the day, but dashed the hopes of the Reiff clan as Rhonda's bet was her 0 bet. However, her loss was Luke's gain as he deftly brought his favorite home to claim the first Royal Turf title.

Final totals for the championship table:

Finalist Downs
Luke Koleszar - £2000
Rhonda Reiff - £1600
Lyle Wenger - £1400
John Welage - £1400
Phil Bradley - £1350
Mathiew Yuill - £1350

Many a comment was provided that the game provided a perfect fill for early Saturday evening as a warm up for the ever-popular Slapshot.

 GM      Andrew Maly  [1st Year]   NA
   colinblowe@hotmail.com   NA

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