Updated 11/29/2008

2008 WBC Report  

 2009 Status: pending 2009 GM commitment

Mike Stanley, OH

2008 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
2007     Jon Lockwood     33
2008     Mike Stanley     34

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  Bruce Reiff        OH    07     70
   2.  Arthur Field       SC    04     38
   3.  George Sauer       OH    06     34
   4.  Jeff Mullet        OH    08     30
   5.  Jon Lockwood       VA    07     22
   6.  Mike Stanley       OH    08     20
   7.  James Tyne         OH    05     20
   8.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    04     20
   9.  Andy Gardner       VA    04     20
  10.  David Brooks       TN    03     20
  11.  Kevin Wojtaszczyk  NY    02     20
  12.  John Schoose       IL    08     16
  13.  Andy Joy           MD    07     16
  14.  Luke Koleszar      VA    99     14
  15.  Ken Gutermuth      TX    08     12
  16.  Nate Hoam          OH    06     12
  17.  Davyd Field        SC    04     12
  18.  Doug Galullo       FL    05     12
  19.  Lisa Gutermuth     TX    03     12
  20.  Mary Kratz         ID    00     12
  21.  Steve Cuccaro      MD    99     12
  22.  Tom Browne         PA    07     10
  23.  Debbie Bell        MD    02      8
  24.  Nick Benedict      ON    01      8
  25.  Debbie Gutermuth   TX    00      8
  26.  Mike Buccheri      MD    08      6
  27.  Nick Smith         UK    01      6
  28.  Cliff Ackman       PA    00      6
  29.  Jason O'Donnell    OH    99      6
  30.  Sean McCulloch     OH    07      4
  31.  Ben Shanks         SC    04      4
  32.  Robert Buccheri    MD    08      2
  33.  Tim Kelley         SC    05      2
  34.  Beth Zhao          VA    03      2
  35.  Debbie Otto        MO    99      2
  36.  Kate Taillon       SC    06      2

2008 Laurelists                                               Returning Laurelists:

Jwff Mullet, OH

Ken Gutermuth, NC

Mike Buccheri, MD

John Schoose, IL

Robert Buccheri, MD

Past Winners

Bruce Reiff, OH
1993, 1995, 2002, 2006

Ken Gutermuth, TX
1994, 1997

Bruce Monnin, OH

Cliff Ackman, PA

George Sauer, OH

Kevin Wojtaszczyk, NY

Arthur Field, SC

Dave Brooks, TN

Ray Stakenas II, MI

James Tyne, OH

Jon Lockwood, VA

Mike Stanley, OH


 GM Reiff, he of the record plaque collection, is shown the door by Bruce Bernard. The four-time champ wouldn't collect #5 this year.

Mike Buccheri (left) is surrounded by Cabbies in the Final - but that's ok because none of them is named Bruce. Je still finished last though.

Collecting by another name ...

For the second straight year illustrious GM George "Bud" Sauer had to cancel at the last minute and I was left holding the substitute teacher's credentials. I guess running the real WBC Auction makes me the logical candidate to run the Auction event - or at least the first person to come to mind.

In a related note on Sunday night Ken Gutermuth, Jeff Mullet, Mike Stanley and I got together to give Mike a refresher course and some practice before the WBC got started. Ken, Jeff and I won a game each. Stanley won zippo. More on this later.

Tuesday night rolled around and seven boards of players showed up in a room with six tables. But we found an empty table in a nearby room and got underway with the winners getting a pass to the semi-finals.

Former champ David Brooks punched his ticket by outlasting the board in an exhausted deck game. On the next table his lovely bride Reiko had a tourney high score of $9710 to advance. 2007 laurelist John Schoose easily handled his board to advance. Mike Buccheri bested a crew including defending champ Jon Lockwood to make the semis. His brother, Robert Bucchari ,beat yours truly and Bruce Monnin who scored a tourney low of $1050. Jeff Mullet advanced handily in his game and John Shaheen bested three ladies to make his way to the next round.

Wednesday's round rolled around and we had six more boards. Carol Haney beat Sean McCulloch, Tom Dunning and former champ Andy Gardner to advance. Mike Stanley proved you can teach an old dog new tricks and won his heat while Natey Boy Hoam backed in with the best second place finish. My chances ended at the hands of another Bruce -- Bernard to be precise - who advanced with my ticket. Ken Gutermuth took the measure of his table and made it, yet again to the semis. Kevin Wojtaszczyk ended defending champ Jon Lockwood's reign to advance. And finally, David Brooks kept sharp and won another heat for good measure to deny someone else a shot.

This left us with 11 winners and one runner-up to advance with the three winners and best second going to the Final. As always the semis were seated randomly.

In semi #1 Mike Buccheri took out his brother, Robert, Bruce Bernard and David Brooks with a complete set of jewelry in a quick decision.

In semi #2 Ken Gutermuth beat John Schoose, Reiko Brooks and Kevin Wojtaszczyk quite handily with a set of rare miscellany.

In semi #3, composed of four Cabbies, Jeff Mullet also used rare miscellany to beat Natey Boy Hoam and Carol Haney. Mike Stanley, still keeping a low profile, backed into the Final with the best of a bunch of low second place scores.

The Final was as long as the semis were short. Jeff Mullet had inherited enough to win the game ($7570) but could never get in the auction to declare even after bidding every cent he had. Mike Stanley just kept plugging away at Jewelry and finally pulled a fifth and declared. Would it be enough? It was. Mike won with a total of $8150, Jeff was second at $7570, Ken Gutermuth third at $5140 and Mike Buccheri was 4th with $4330. Stanley was all smiles. Ken and Jeff were bitching at each other for giving such good lessons. I just laughed my ass off!

Moral of the story -- find Ken and Jeff early next year and lose to them, badly, in some practice games and you too can win this event next year!!!!!

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