acquire

Updated 11/14/2008

2008 WBC Report     

 2009 Status: pending 2009 GM commitment

Matt Amitrano, VA

2008 Champion

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Event History
1991    Forrest Pafenberg      28
1992    Michael Anchors      28
1993    Steve Packwood      38
1994    Bernard Norton      49
1995    Steve Koleszar      43
1996    Al Bingamen      32
1997    Chuck Nail      56
1998    Justin Childs      48
1999    Gary Moss     40
2000    Justin Childs     41
2001   Justin Childs   45
2002   Jon Shambeda    86
2003   Phil Bradley    51
2004    David Gantt    52
2005    Ed Kendrick    67
2006    Matt Calkins    54
2007   Jason Ley    93
2008   Matt Amitrano    31
 Laurels

 Rank Name              From  Last  Total
   1. Justin Childs      FL    01     88
   2. Steve Shambeda     PA    08     51
   3. David Gantt        SC    08     44
   4. Matt Calkins       VA    06     42
   5. Phil Bradley       IL    07     38
   6. Jason Ley          WA    07     36
   7. Gary Moss          MD    00     36
   8. Matt Amitrano      VA    08     30
   9. Ed Kendrick        UK    05     30
  10. Jon Shambeda       PA    02     30
  11. Arthur Field       SC    08     24
  12. Bruce Reiff        OH    01     24
  13. Rich Atwater       WA    05     18
  14. Al Mink            VA    04     18
  15. Justin Thompson    VA    02     18
  16. Rob Flowers        NC    02     18
  17. Jason Levine       NY    01     16
  18. Steve Packwood     MN    02     15
  19. Malinda Kyrkos     NY    07     12
  20. Jeff Meyer         MA    06     12
  21. Don Lubreski       NJ    04     12
  22. Chuck Nail         GA    02     12
  23. Mike Wooden        NY    99     12
  24. Nick Smith         UK    03     12
  25. Robert Buccheri    MD    08      9
  26. Jim Garvey         NY    07      9
  27. Jason Brown        NJ    06      9
  28. David Fritsch      VA    05      9
  29. Craig Moffit       NJ    04      9
  30. John Morris        MD    02      9
  31. David Brooks       TN    00      9
  32. Davyd Field        CA    03      8
  33. Will Wible         VA    01      8
  34. Bryan Berkenstock  NJ    07      6
  35. Debbie Davidson    NE    06      6
  36. Steve Koleszar     VA    04      6
  37. Bruce Young        SC    03      6
  38. Joe Bellic         NJ    03      4
  39. Steve Wolfman      WA    01      4
  40. Kelsey Lee         PA    08      3
  41. Ken Lee            PA    07      3
  42. Cheryl Merica      MD    06      3
  43. Bill Alderman      VA    05      3
  44. Luke Koleszar      VA    04      3
  45. Charles Goodwin    OH    00      3
  46. John Zahorsky      NJ    99      3

2008 Laurelists                                                 Returning Laurelists: 0

Steve Shambeda, PA
2nd

Arthur Field, SC
3rd

Robert Buccheri, MD
4th

David Gantt, SC
5th

Kelsey Lee, PA
6th

Past Winners

Forrest Pafenberg, VA
1991

Steve Packwood, MN
1993

Bernard Norton, MA
1994

Steve Koleszar, VA
1995

Al Bingamen, PA
1996

Chuck Nail, GA
1997

Justin Childs, GA
1998, 2000-2001

Gary Moss, MO
1999

Jon Shambeda, PA
2002

Phil Bradley, IL
2003

David Gantt, SC
2004

Ed Kendrick, UK
2005

Matt Calkins, VA
2006

Jason Ley, WA
2007

Matt Amitrano, VA
2008

Four former champs were in the field including Dave Gantt (left) and Matt Calkins (rear, right) pictured here. None made it back to the Final.

Kelsey Lee was one of only two ladies present. She won not only laurels, but also bragging rights over both Arthur Field and her dad. Not many of us can claim as much.

Sid's Crown Jewel Takes a Hit

40 . . . 60 . . . 80 . . . 93 ... 31

Acquire is a timeless classic whose attendance fortunes have ebbed and flowed from year to year as GMs come and go and formats change. In 2008, it was left without a GM as the deadline expired and was about to get the axe when the CD strong-armed a volunteer at the 13th hour as he is wont to do to bring it back from the grave. Shoe-horned into the only remaining space on the schedule, a stream-lined format without heats or adequate playing time left the "volunteer" with his hands tied so it is not surprising that the event's attendance slipped precipitately from a record high in 2007 to a near record low in 2008. It was also nearly axed again when said GM failed to provide the necessary report. Thankfully, Matt Amitrano, the victor, was good enough to favor us with the following recollection of events to save the event from the "wrath of Don" at the 11th hour. Obviously, Acquire needs a dedicated enthusiast to ride herd on the event if it is to remain at WBC.

The original format was to have three rounds in the Swiss Elimination format, but many games went over the expected one hour time limit. This development caused the tournament to only have two Swiss Elimination format rounds instead. One of the more interesting twists in the event was that 2006 Champion Matt Calkins had to face his local gaming club member Matt Amitrano twice. The first meeting was in the second round, where Calkins squeaked out a win with $700 to spare. For the semi-final round, the luck of the draw created a rematch. Amitrano dominated the next contest by merging more than the other three players and maintaining his liquidity while investing in the stronger hotels. Afterwards, Amitrano admitted that this was the first time he had bested Calkins in Acquire. As they say, timing is everything. Amitrano joined Steve Shambeda, Arthur Field, and Robert Buccheri in the Final.

Even with just two rounds and a semi-final, the finalists agreed to postpone the Final until later in the day due to scheduling conflicts. Surprisingly, none of them were able to found hotels in the first turn. The game turned into a heated match between Steve and Matt. Shambeda counted cards flawlessly, but was having little luck with the tiles. Amitrano erred on the stock count, which allowed Arthur to tie him in Fusion, but as in his semi-final victory, he was able to merge more. This allowed him to surpass Shambeda by nearly six grand to win with $43,700.

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