liar's dice [Updated October 2005]  

2005 WBC Report     

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Legend Dan Hoffman, MD

2005 Champion

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Event History
2003    Josh Githens     140
2004    Lucimara Martins     145
2005     Legend Dan Hoffman     132


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    05     30
  2.  Lucimara Martins   MD    04     30
  3.  Josh Githens       SC    03     30
  4.  Doug Galullo       FL    05     18
  5.  Richard Curtin     NY    04     18
  6.  Fabio Tola         MD    03     18
  7.  John Kilbride      PA    05     12
  8.  Craig Reece        FL    04     12
  9.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    03     12
 10.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    05      9
 11.  Robert Drozd       IL    04      9
 12.  Bill Place         PA    03      9
 13.  Larry Lingle       PA    05      6
 14.  Daniel Hoffman     NC    04      6
 15.  Abigail Cocke      MD    03      6
 16.  Ashley Collinson   MD    05      3
 17.  Jeff Mullet        OH    04      3
 18.  Peter Stein        OH    03      3

2005 Laurelists

Doug Galullo, FL

John Kilbride, PA

Ken Gutermuth, TX

Larry Lingle, PA

Ashley Collinson, MD

Past Winners

Josh Githens, SC

Lucimara Martins, MD

Konk, the Great Ape, puts in an appearance during Liar's Dice ... that Konk - always with a hankering for a pretty face.


Liar's Dice continued as popular late night fare in it's third year at WBC. 132 crazed liars made their way to the ballroom with hopes of becoming the ultimate champion, slightly down from the 145 who came last year. The festivities started off with a bang in the traditional 132-person cup shake and smash to the tables.

22 accompished liars, err, competitors, progressed to the semifinal round. Former champion Josh Githens was not so lucky this year as he fell in the preliminary round to Carolyn DeMarco. This year your happy GM was lucky enough to make it to the semifinals, but ran into a better liar in Larry Lingle in the second round.

The Finals consisted of Larry, Ashley Collinson, Doug Galullo, John Kilbridge, "Legend" Dan Hoffman, and Ken Gutermuth. Larry started the bidding and the intensity of most of the finalists faces changed to bluff mode. Dan decided to take a different approach and used constant talking to annoy the other players into making early mistakes.

The bidding went up to 7-stars by Larry. There were actually 8 and Ashley lost a die. The next telling bid was 13-2's by Ashley. There were only 12 and Ashley dropped another die. Next, John bid 10-6's and with only nine showing lost his first die. After that, Dan bid ten 6's and Ken called with 12 showing to lose a pair. Then Doug bid ten 3's when there were only nine and ltook his first hit. Larry bid six stars with only five and lost his first die
also - leaving only Dan with all of his dice. So far the non-stop conversation strategy seemed to be working.

Dan bid nine-6's and Ken decided to challenge him but cost himself another die. Ashley then became the first casualty when Doug challenged her bid of six stars and cost her three dice. The "Kiss her Goodbye" serenade was nice though.

Ken again challenged Dan's bid of nine 4's and lost his fourth die for his trouble. Larry Lingle then imploded; by called Ken's bid of 14 3's even though he had three under his own cup. Larry traded all four of his dice for fifth place. Dan's talking seemed to distract Larry enough that he made a huge mis-bid and cost himself a chance at the wood.

Dan's bid of seven 3's beat Ken's challenge for the third time and sent him packing to the cheap seats. Dan then scored the first exactor of the game with six stars and cost both Doug and John a die. At this point Dan still had all five dice remaining while Doug and John ewere down to three each. Doug bid five 6's and John called him with six showing to drop to two left.

A pair of exactors were next as first John and then Dan called their shots. Dan was now up four dice to 1 each for his opponents. Dan bid three stars and was called by Doug with only two showing to lower the odds by one. But it would take several more to even the score.John's bid of three 4's with 2 showing was his last mistake as Dan ushered him to the bronze stand.

Doug was now outnumbered 3 to 1. He decided to gamble all on one roll. In the next bid he bid four 6's gambling that all the dice were the same. Unfortunately for him, Dan had 3 of those dice and knew that at least 1 of them was not a 6. Thus with only 3 of 4 dice showing 6's Doug lost his last die to Dan and took 2nd place.

19 little liars ... er players, participated in the Juniors version with Stephanie Kilroy being the best liar ... I mean player, and taking home the wood. More importantly, everyone had a great time shaking the dice cups and making noise. Other finalists included:

2nd: Pamela Gutermuth

3rd: Carol Jaeger

4th: Andrea Wilson

5th: Michael Schoose

6th: Katherine Dougherty

 GM      Jason Levine  [3rd Year]   NA
   NA   NA

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