Konk, the Great Ape, puts in an
appearance during Liar's Dice ... that Konk - always with a hankering
for a pretty face.
ROLL THE BONES... THEN... UP THE
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
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
2nd: Pamela Gutermuth
3rd: Carol Jaeger
4th: Andrea Wilson
5th: Michael Schoose
6th: Katherine Dougherty