65 railroaders reported to the construction yard at the Union
Pacific Railroad Company. The opening round worked out nicely
to 16 tables with winners only advancing to the semifinals.
Arthur Field's 143 + nine companies led all first round scores.
Brian Carr, Andy Joy and Tom Saal were the other top seeds for
That format produced the following finalists: Arthur, Chris
Terrell, Jeff Mullett, and Steve Shambeda. Throughout the semi's,
eight seemed to be the right number of Companies to be invested.
The Final saw Steve take an early lead while spreading his
investments far and wide. Jeff was caught by the first "pay
train's" early arrival, and gained only $3 on the dividend.
With the bullseye firmly fixed to his caboose, the table took
shots at Steve during the next two dividends. After the third
payout, Jeff leaned back and asked the nearby GM of Alhambra
if he could still play in that tournament. A little sandbagging
perhaps? The group strategy of derailing Steve was successful.
Jeff parlayed a nice steal to a relatively easy victory with
$128 and just seven companies. Steve slipped to second with $117,
but won the tie breaker with 10 companies. Jeff's win seemed
to catch all by surprise.
Thanks to Jake Jacoby for the Currier & Ives prints and
other goodies for our non-plaque winners.