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2006 WBC Report  

 2007 Status: pending 2007 GM commitment

Bruce Reiff, OH

2006 Champion

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Event History
1993    Bruce Reiff        8
1994    Ken Gutermuth      32
1995    Bruce Reiff      28
1996    Bruce Monnin      32
1997    Ken Gutermuth      16
1998    Cliff Ackman      28
1999    George Sauer     26
2000    Kevin Wojtaszczyk     39
2001    Arthur Field     34
2002    Bruce Reiff     40
2003    David Brooks     44
2004    Ray Stakenas II     42
2005     James Tyne     36
2006    Bruce Reiff     30

 Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Bruce Reiff        OH    06     64
   2.  Arthur Field       SC    04     38
   3.  George Sauer       OH    06     34
   4.  James Tyne         OH    05     20
   5.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    04     20
   6.  Andy Gardner       VA    04     20
   7.  David Brooks       TN    03     20
   8.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    02     20
   9.  Jeff Mullet        OH    05     18
  10.  Luke Koleszar      VA    99     14
  11.  Nate Hoam          OH    06     12
  12.  Davyd Field        SC    04     12
  13.  Doug Galullo       FL    05     12
  14.  Lisa Gutermuth     TX    03     12
  15.  Mary Kratz         ID    00     12
  16.  Steve Cuccaro      MD    99     12
  17.  Tom Browne         PA    06      8
  18.  Andy Joy           MD    05      8
  19.  Debbie Bell        MD    02      8
  20.  Nick Benedict      ON    01      8
  21.  Debbie Gutermuth   TX    00      8
  22.  Nick Smith         UK    01      6
  23.  Cliff Ackman       PA    00      6
  24.  Jason O'Donnell    OH    99      6
  25.  Ben Shanks         SC    04      4
  26.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    00      4
  27.  Tim Kelley         SC    05      2
  28.  Jon Lockwood       VA    04      2
  29.  Beth Bernard       VA    03      2
  30.  Debbie Otto        MO    99      2
  31.  Kate Taillion      SC    06      2
       

2006 Laurelists

Nate Hoam, OH
2nd

George Sauer, OH
3rd

Davyd Field, CA
4th

Tom Browne, PA
5th

Kate Taillon, SC
6th


Past Winners

Bruce Reiff, OH
1993, 1995, 2002, 2006

Ken Gutermuth, TX
1994, 1997

Bruce Monnin, OH
1996

Cliff Ackman, PA
1998

George Sauer, OH
1999

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY
2000

Arthur Field, SC
2001

Dave Brooks, TN
2003

Ray Stakenas II, MI
2004

James Tyne, OH
2005


Collecting by another name ...

Auction (Collector, High Bid) the out of print game of acquisition saw its participation level drop by 20% from 2005 . (Down 6 from 36 to 30) The game is only an hour long and each year had to be revoted in by its die hard following . Sort of the 1776 of the Eurogame world. Not any more ... since the BPA Board granted it legacy status last year. Four such games were thus bestowed freedom from the vote last year and three of them promptly celebrated by declining attendance. Methinks this bears watching.

Four boards of 4 were played in the mulligan round . Walking away with a pass to the Semis were Bruce Reiff, Jonathon Lockwood, George Sauer (GM) and Andy Joy. The latter advanced in his game over runner-up Nate Hoam as Nate as rolled THREE "bank refuses to pay" and drew the imitation card on four of his sales. Sometimes it's just not your year. On the other hand, sometimes it is. Bruce benefited from three "bank refuses to pay" for Kate Taillon on his board, with all of those being refused fitting nicely into his hand.

Five boards of 4 were played in the first round. Taking away the Advance tickets were Andy Gardner, Matt Calkins, Tom Browne, Arthur Field and Ken Guttermuth. Ken rolled the $200 bonus on his last sale to give him exactly enough money to purchase jewelries off the board to complete a set to win. In the Calkin victory, four Buyers cards were drawn in succession to be auctioned off together. Debbie Guttermuth made the purchase for $2300 but finished last. The game came down to the last card with Calkin winning the auction and the game.

The Semi-Finals saw the nine winners and Kate Taillon, Nate Home and Davyd Field advance based on their performances in the prior rounds. Bruce Reiff, despite three "bank refuses to pay" slammed down a Rare Miscellany set for a quick victory over Andy Joy, Kate Taillon and Jonathon Lockwood. For the third year in the a row, three former champions were randomly matched on the same board with George Sauer, Arthur Field, and Ken Guttermuth showing Tome Browne the ropes. George was dealt the best two Rare Miscellanies and the best Jewelry and was treated by both Rich Collectors coming out and buying them off in the first two sales. He finished off the game by winning with Miniatures and Books. Nate Hoam used his second life as an alternate to eliminate Matt Calkins, Davyd Field and Andy Gardner in their game to advance.

The three victors—all CABBIES—were joined by the closest runner-up, Davyd Field in the Final. No quarter would be asked or given among the three Cabbies, so Davyd was installed as the pre-game favorite. Alas, in life some people are just plain good and some are just plain lucky. It's truly sad when a really good gamer is really lucky. Bruce Reiff is that person. Declaring for the victory and coming up short by $20 in the count, Bruce had all but thrown his chances for victory away. Showing his hand and cash position informed all of his opponents what he held and how much he could bid. Picking up his hand and proceeding with the game in the next auction a sale was made and each player inherited a card. Of course, Bruce inherited THE card, a Sterling, to fill his set, akin to filling an inside straight, to win the game and his second plaque by Wednesday afternoon. Don Greenwood's cries of anguish could be heard throughout Lancaster Host.

All in all, each of the four rounds took only an hour and only 13 games were played. The game is quick to play, easy to learn and difficult to master.

 GM      George Sauer  [3rd Year]  NA
    laserdog@columbus.rr.com   NA 

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