Nuclear Liar's Dice
anyone? The dice/bluff game has overtaken Slapshot as
the WBC late night attendance king.
Well, GM Jason Levine ain't the master
of Slapshot, but at least he's easier on the furniture.
Liar's Dice remained a great success in it's sixth
year at WBC. 212 crazed liars came with hopes of becoming the
best fibber, claiming the attendance title for the second straight
year. The festivities started with the traditional, yet larger
than ever, synchronized massed cup shake and smash to the tables.
35 of the 212 made it to the semi-final round. This year your
happy GM advanced to the semi-finals only to lose to Harry Flawd
in a two-man showdown to reach the Final. Another semi-finalist
who almost advanced in a 2-person showdown was 11-year old Nicole
Reiff who also earned my sportsmanship nomination for having
to deal with the nagging of finalist Jeff Meyer while keeping
her spirits high.
The Final consisted of six survivors: Haim Hochboim, Harry
Flawd, Scott Buckwalter, Josh Lanham, Jeff Meyer, and Josh's
father Chester. There were n repeating laurelists or returning
ones for that matter. Only one person has ever made it to the
Final round twice in six years of Liar's Dice. No wnder they
call him legend Dan Hoffman. We did have the first father-son
duo though. Haim started the bidding and the smiles changed to
In the first round the bid went to twelve 5's by Harry. When
Scott called there were 13 so Scott lost the first die. A bid
of eleven 4's by Jeff cost Chester the next two dice. But the
third play turned out to be a nuclear strike. Harry bid eleven
1's and when Scott called there were only six showing so Harry
lost all fivr of his dice in one play. It was the first time
that someone lost all of their dice at once, and caught the crowd
by surprise. We were almost too stunned to sing him the traditional
"Kiss Him Goodbye" song. Almost ...
Haim lost the next two dice on a bid of thirteen 3's to scott's
call. Jeff lost two also on a bid of seven 5's to Chester's call,
leaving him with but one left. Jeff appeared to be the next one
to leave when Chester called his bid of nine 5's only to lose
one of his own. It proved prophetic because instead of Jeff,
Chester was destined to be the next to depart. His bid of seven
5's proved disastrous when Haim called and found only three so
Chester lost all four of his dice and claimed 5th place.
Jeff's last die was proving to be an elusive target. He next
bid seven 4's and three 5's which Haim called only to discover
the game's first two exactors. Everyone at the table but Jeff
lost two dice and Haim joined Jeff in the intensive care ward
with but a single die remaining. At this point, Jeff had just
eliminated twelve enemy dice whle clinging to his last die on
his last three bids. Again Jeff placed Haim on the hot seat with
a bid of four 4's. Haim surely must have asking "why me?",
but he nonetheless called again with his survival on the line.
This time there were only three showing and Jeff had to settle
for a 4th place finish. At this point the three remaining players
knew they were going to get wood of some sort.
Josh bid three1's and Haim called only to discover yet another
exactor and 3rd place wood. Scott was down to his last die, while
Josh still had three. Josh started the bidding with one 5 and
Scott raised to a pair of 5's. Josh then bid 3-5's and revealed
two of them. Scott (knowing he had a 5 under his cup) was forced
to go to four 5's and hope that Josh had rolled another 5 or
star during his re-roll. Josh called, raised his cup, saw his
last roll and smiled the grin of a champion with three dice in
So is Chuck Foster pleased with what
he has under the cup? He certainly has Andy Gardner's attention
with the bid heading his way.
Diabolical minds at work. No less
than 46 ladies graced the field. It would seem the female of
the species is at ease with Liar's Dice.
Liar's Dice Junior
Bluffing is sort of like telling
a white lie.
"But my mom told me never
to lie ..."
19 little liars ... er exaggerators, participated in the Juniors
version with James Confoy being the best truth stretcher, and
taking home the wood. More importantly, everyone had a great
time shaking the dice cups and making noise. Other finalists
2nd: Alyssa Mills for the second year in a row
3rd: Brian Sherwood
4th: Nicole Reiff
5th: Thomas Melton
6th: Ben Gardner