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Paul Risner, FL

2005 Champion


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Event History
1993    Linda Pedlow        67
1996    Randy Cox        23
1997    Ray Stakenas        30
1998    Kevin Wojtaszczyk        36
1999    Debbie Bell       26
2000    Jessica Greenwood       57
2001     Rebecca Hebner       80
2002     Brooks Beyma       86
2003    Josh Githens     107
2004    Bill Place       86
2005     Paul Risner       61

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bill Place         PA    04     28
  2.  Paul Risner        FL    05     20
  3.  Josh Githens       SC    03     20
  4.  Brooks Beyma       MD    02     20
  5.  Rebecca Hebner     CO    01     20
  6.  Jessica Greenwood  SC    00     20
  7.  Debbie Bell        MD    99     20
  8.  Allyson Field      SC    05     12
  9.  Jonathan Lockwood  VA    04     12
 10.  Tom Dunning        NY    03     12
 11.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    02     12
 12.  Henry Richardson 3 VA    01     12
 13.  Tim Kirchner       KY    00     12
 14.  Rhonda Reiff       OH    99     12
 15.  Peter Staab        PA    04     10
 16.  Rick Curtin        NY    02     10
 17.  James Bell         MD    05      8
 18.  Devin Flawd        PA    03      8
 19.  Tom Browne         PA    04      8
 20.  John Coussis       IL    00      8
 21.  Andy Lewis         DE    99      8
 22.  John Jacoby        VA    05      6
 23.  Greg Schmittgens   KS    04      6
 24.  Anthony Musella    VA    03      6
 25.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    02      6
 26.  Richard Irving     CA    00      6
 27.  Luke Koleszar      VA    99      6
 28.  Matt Calkins       VA    05      4
 29.  Nate Hoam          OH    04      4
 30.  Ken Rothstein      NY    03      4
 31.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    01      4
 32.  John Keating       IL    00      4
 33.  Scott Cornett      FL    99      4
 34.  Karl Henning       CT    05      2
 35.  Jon Macomber       CO    03      2
 36.  Gordon Elgart      CA    02      2
 37.  Jeff Finkeldey     OH    01      2
 38.  Caleb Cousins      ME    00      2
 39.  Jeff Cornett       FL    99      2
           

2005 Laurelists

Allyson Field, SC
2nd

James Bell, MD
3rd

John Jacoby, VA
4th

Matt Calkins, VA
5th

Karl Henning, CT
6th


Past Winners

Linda Pedlow, IL
1993

Randy Cox, SC
1996

Ray Stakenas, MI
1997

Kevin Wojtasczyk, NY
1998

Debbie Bell, MD
1999

Jessica Greenwood, MD
2000

Rebecca Hebner, CO
2001

Brooks Beyma, MD
2002

Josh Githens, SC
2003

Bill Place, PA
2004


Fortunes made and lost with a roll of the dice ...

In 2005, 61 fearless (and $Greed-y) players competed to see who would be this year's $Greed champion. The tournament continued to use the same format, as it has for several years, with each player rolling twice, and then a number of players advance to the final round for two more turns.

The game was run at three tables this year, with turn order randomly decided. Once again, Jason Levine started off the scoring - but this year it was with only 700 points - but it was a score that kept him in the running for a while nonetheless.

Only 17 players actually managed to post a non-zero score, meaning that 72% of the players ended up with zip, nada, the big goose egg - in oither words another average year.

Jason's score was topped almost immediately, as Sarah Vasilakos scored 1050 as the first person to roll at one of the tables. More challenges came quickly with Chris Gnech at 1100, and then a flurry of scores with Karl Henning (1650), Allyson Field (1750) and Jim Bell (1600) all posting solid scores with around 40 of the players still to go.

Allyson's mark would last for almost 25 turns before John Jacoby put up a score of 2200, including a 1000-point $GREED. It looked like John was going to go into the Fnal as the leader - with only four players left to roll. It was not to be though as Paul Risner pulled off not one, but TWO 1000-point $GREED rolls on his first turn! This catapulted him into a tie with John, and allowed Paul to cash a simple 350 points on one roll in his second turn to take the lead going into the finals.

With only 61 players this year, the "minimum of 8 advance" rule was put into effect - resulting in much lower scores than usual advancing. There was a tie at 8th place, so using the new guidelines for $GREED, nine players continued.

This also led to an unusual looking finals board - as there was a very visible gap in the scores. Leading the board was Paul at 2550, followed by John's score of 2200, Allyson at 1750, Karl at 1650 and Jim at 1600. These were all scores that would have been in contention in prior years. This year, they were joined by Richard Curtain at 1250, Rich Shipley at 1200, Chris Gnech at 1100 and Matt Calkins also at 1100.

Other statistics from the first round include four rolls of $GREED (Debbie Bell, John Jacoby and two by Paul Risner), one roll of 4 Diamonds (Rhonda Reiff) and five recorded scores of zero on a roll of all six dice.

Matt made the first move in the Final, posting 750 on his first roll to move him into 3rd position. Jim Bell then scored 650 to try and position himself for a final turn run at Paul. Not to be outdone, Allyson posted 800 points, leaving her in a short-lived tie with Paul. John posted 500 points to take an equally short-lived lead, as Paul answered with 500 points of his own to stay 350 ahead

The Do or Die round was filled with players trying to make their move on the leaders, with disastrous effects. Chris lost 1300 points to a bust, and Rich Shipley soon topped that by losing 1400 points. Jim Bell continued his assault on the lead though, scoring 900 points to give him a-100 point lead at 3150. Allyson answered with 750 of her own, moving the bar up to 3300. John was unable to answer these final challenges, but Paul managed a 500
point roll, which he banked, giving him a final total 3550 and the victory! Allyson Field took second with 3300 and Jim Bell scored third place laurels with 3150.

While the scores needed to advance this year were lower (due in large part to the relative increase in the ratio of finalists to competitors), the final scores were considerably higher (with the top three positions all besting last year's winning score of 2850).

Once again I would like to thank those who ran the game tables: Jeff Mullet, Kaarin Engelmann and Peter Staab.

Come join us next year for another good time of dice rolling in $Greed!

 GM      Thomas Browne  [3rd Year]   NA  
    auron@telerama.com   NA

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