atlantic storm [Updated October 2007]  

2007 WBC Report  

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

Steve Scott, CA

2007 Champion

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Event History
1998    Ric Manns      155
1999    Roy Gibson     116
2000    Bob Eastman     129
2001    John Coussis     126
2002    Robert Barnes     126
2003    Scott Buckwalter     140
2004     Rob Winslow     122
2005     Brad Jones     126
2006    Roy Gibson     121
2007    Steve Scott     118

 Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Roy Gibson         MD    06    100
   2.  Rob Winslow        NY    04     95
   3.  Scott Buckwalter   MD    03     90
   4.  John Coussis       IL    07     78
   5.  Henry Richardson   VA    01     60
   6.  Bob Eastman        OK    00     60
   7.  Robert Barnes      WV    02     50
   8.  Pat Mirk           FL    02     45
   9.  John Elliott       MD    07     44
  10.  Ben Knight         MD    03     41
  11.  Steve Scott        CA    07     40
  12.  Brad Jones         FL    05     40
  13.  Marty Sample       NH    04     36
  14.  Andy Gardner       VA    03     36
  15.  Stephen Cuyler     NY    07     24
  16.  Carol Caler        OH    05     24
  17.  Eric Stranger      OH    99     24
  18.  Dan Mathias        MD    03     18
  19.  Josh Gifford       MD    00     18
  20.  Rob Kircher        RI    07     16
  21.  Bill Place         PA    06     16
  22.  Peter Reese        VA    05     16
  23.  Scott Fenn         MD    04     15
  24.  Jamie Tang         MD    02     13
  25.  Tom Bissa          MI    05     12
  26.  Stan Buck          MD    03     12
  27.  Peter Busch        OH    99     12
  28.  Ross Jones         SC    04     10
  29.  Rob Mull           CO    02     10
  30.  Dwayne Curry       OH    01     10
  31.  Bill Place         PA    07      8
  32.  Craig Melton       VA    06      8
  33.  Ron Wuerth         VA    05      8
  34.  Cliff Ackman       PA    03      6
  35.  Kevin Brownell     ME    04      5
  36.  Keith Hunsinger    OH    06      4
  37.  Justin Thompson    VA    05      4
  38.  Steve Squibb       PA    99      4

2007 Laurelists

Stephen Cuyler, NY
2nd

Rob Kircher, RI
3rd

John Elliott, MD
4th

Bill Place, PA
5th

John Coussis, IL
6th


Past Winners

Ric Manns, IN
1998

Roy Gibson, MD
1999, 2006

Bob Eastman, OK
2000

John Coussis, IL
2001

Robert Barnes, WV
2002

Scott Buckwalter, MD
2003

Rob Winslow, NY
2004

Brad Jones, FL
2005

Steve Scott, CA
2007


The shipping lanes are full as Carol Caler deals a convoy to another wolfpack in the teeming North Atlantic.

James Pei seems to want sympathy for his hand. Fat chance given all the misery he's dealt in the card driven games.

Beware the Tie Breaker ...

For the second year in a row it came down to the tiebreaker. The five finalists survived the usual whittling process from118 entrants who made their way into the North Atlantic for this year's tournament.

Some of the fun from the heats included:

* Joel Tamburo scoring a whopping 60 points in the first heat!
* Steve Foren and John Elliot being tied in total points AND convoy points so Steve won by having taken convoy C1
* One game where the Bismarck was played three times and it's average dice rolls were less than 5
* One game that saw the final convoy pushed three times

The Final had John Elliott, Bill Place, Rob Kirchner, Steve Scott, and Stephen Cuyler squaring off. As in 2006, things started slowly as no one wanted to put large-value convoys or ships into play. This led to a total of nine "Stein-Flushes" (discarding your whole hand) during the first five rounds, including Rob Kircher doing it three hands in a row.

At the halfway point no one had a big lead. Hand #11 was tied and led to some good points being scored when it went around a second time. The action did speed up in the second half as Stephen Cuyler pulled ahead on convoy points briefly. Steve Scott saw his big chance late in the game as he played for a 7-point convoy and took it down with little opposition.

Those seven points proved critical in the final scoring as once again the score was tied. Both Steve Scott and Stephen Cuyler led with 25 total points. Scott emerged victorious by virtue of having 19 convoy points to Stephen's 16 (those seven points late in the game proved to be even bigger than originally thought). Rob Kircher finished 3rd with 19 points, followed by John Elliot's 17 and Bill Place's 15.

Thanks again to everyone who played. I look forward to seeing everyone again next year (and I'm hoping to see everyone at the Pacific Typhoon event as well, if things go well with getting that game produced in time).

 GM      John Coussis  [9h Year]  NA
    jacous@yahoo.com   NA 

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