air baron  

Updated 11/14/2008

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 2009 Status: pending 2009 GM commitment

Erica Kirchner, KY

2008 Champion

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Event History
1996    Jack Jaeger      118
1997    James Garvey      110
1998    Fred Minard        94
1999    Ken Rothstein      117
2000    John Coussis     109
2001    Jack Jaeger       72
2002     Chris Storzillo       73
2003    Jonathan Fox       68
2004    Michael Musko       80
2005    Robert Sohn       75
2006    Brandon Bernard       90
2007     John Coussis       70
2008    Erica Kirchner       67
 Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  John Coussis       IL    07    131
   2.  Ken Rothstein      NY    05     82
   3.  Robert Sohn        PA    05     74
   4.  Chris Storzillo    NJ    04     70
   5.  Brandon Bernard    PA    07     64
   6.  Michael Musko      IN    04     50
   7.  Jack Jaeger        VA    01     50
   8.  Erica Kirchner     KY    08     40
   9.  Jonathan Fox       FL    03     40
  10.  Thomas Richardson  VA    08     36
  11.  Peter Busch        OH    00     36
  12.  Richard Fox        FL    06     34
  13.  Chuck Krueger      MA    02     30
  14.  Steve Katz         VA    01     30
  15.  Pat Richardson     VA    07     28
  16.  Andy Gardner       VA    04     25
  17.  Dee Ann Gehring    IN    08     24
  18.  Tim Bissa          MI    07     24
  19.  Kyle Snyders       IL    06     24
  20.  Jimmy Fleckenstein VA    03     24
  21.  Bruce Bernard      PA    00     24
  22.  John Wetherall     PA    01     20
  23.  Gary Presser       NY    00     18
  24.  Matt Fagan         NJ    08     16
  25.  Craig Melton       VA    07     16
  26.  Joe Pellicia       ME    99     16
  27.  Michael Destro     NJ    04     15
  28.  Pat Mirk           FL    01     15
  29.  Brian Schott       MD    05     14
  30.  Winston Forrest    VA    99     12
  31.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    04     10
  32.  Jim Fleckenstein   VA    02     10
  33.  Luke Koleszar      VA    08      8
  34.  Greg Schmittgens   KS    07      8
  35.  Brian Stone        NY    06      8
  36.  Shantanu Saha      NY    03      8
  37.  Eric Shaffer       AZ    02      5
  38.  Bob Foster         ID    01      5
  39.  Stephane Dorais    QC    08      4
  40.  Chuck Foster       ID    06      4
  41.  Tom Bissa          MI    05      4
  42.  John Chung         WA    03      4

2008 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists: 0

Tom Richardson, VA
2nd

Matt Fagan, NJ
3rd

Dee Ann Gehring, IN
4th

Luke Koleszar, VA
5th

Stephane Dorais, QC
6th


Past Winners

Jack Jaeger, VA
1996, 2001

James Garvey, NY
1997

Fred Minard, PA
1998

Ken Rothstein, NY
1999

John Coussis, IL
2000, 2007

Chris Storzillo, NJ
2002

Jonathan Fox, FL
2003

Michael Musko, IN
2004

Robert Sohn, NJ
2005

Brandon Bernard, PA
2006


Last out of the cup again ... Joanna Melton and Pat Mirk survey the damage.

An end game situation takes shape ... It must be almost time for Fare Wars.

Flexibility Pays ...

"Flexibility" was the theme of this year's tournament. With a new schedule, and shifting room assignments for the heats, Air Baron players had to be flexible to keep their flights in the air in more ways than one.

One of the objectives for this year's event was to finish earlier, so semi-finalists and finalists didn't have to choose between ABN and "plaque rounds" of other events. Holding the first round on Tuesday night instead of the traditional Wednesday start was one way to help that happen.

In the course of the four Heats played over four days, the winners in each game started their "empires" in LAX five times, Denver three times, two each for JFK, Miami, ORD, SFO, and Phoenix, and once each for Atlanta, Washington, and Houston. The winners played with Blue most often (seven times) and Yellow only once.

By the time the semi-final round began Friday evening, 21 players had won games over four Heats. For the 25-seat Semi, we had twenty of the Heat winners, three players with copies of the game, and the two players with the highest non-winning finishes of those present for the start of the Semi event. All five of the Semi winners showed for the Saturday morning Final, so no alternates were needed.

In the Final, a banker's roll of 3 started everyone off with a fair amount of cash ($4 to $8). Orange won the one-dollar Contract with a $3 bid, only to lose it to Blue on Round 2 (also for $3) before showing a profit. The Bid for Contract then went to the bottom of the draw cup where it stayed for seven rounds, until Orange won the $3 Contract with a $9 bid on Round 9. Alas, he barely broke even before the Bid reemerged in Round 12 and went back to Blue for $16.

In the early rounds, everyone seemed to be employing a "butterfly"strategy -- buying one spoke in several hubs in an effort to maximize profit opportunities. Red was the first player to declare Fare Wars, taking the plunge in Round 5. Round 7 saw Yellow take out the first loan and immediately draw $31 in profits, just before Recession struck in Round 8.

By Round 10, Blue had three Jumbo Jets in Chicago with all four domestic and both foreign spokes, a single spoke each in Atlanta and DCA, and a good stack of cash. That stack was greatly improved when another player drew Frankfurt, giving Blue a $40 payout. In Round 11, the only Jumbo Profit marker of the game was drawn, benefitting four of the five players. On Round 12, Blue won the $4 Contract, successfully defended Chicago from a Fare Wars encroachment, and collected another $40 for Frankfurt. On Round 13, Blue drew no calamities and declared victory with $170 market share and $161 cash.

Debbie actually gets to play games between taking photos!

High rent capitalists at work in the Final.
 GM      Henry Richardson [2nd Year]   9419 Avenel Drive, Warrenton, VA 20187
   ehr0@juno.com   NA

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