Still a Classic ...
has been published in many versions ...
... by many publishers.
2009 saw the return of heats rather than continuous play Sunday
morning and WBC responded by more than doubling attendance from
31 to 65. 24 games were played over three heats and with the
GM partaking only if needed to complete a multiple of four, all
preliminary games were 4-player affairs.
Due to schedule conflicts, attrition among the qualifiers
was heavy with only 13 qualified semi-finalists and alternates
opting to continue to the advanced rounds. Three games were played
with the highest percentage runner-up receiving a seat at the
One item of note was the remarkable play of Rich Curtin in
the semi-final. Controlling most of the game by making and merging
hotels, seemingly at will, Rich was able to overcome his non-participation
in the 41+ hotel at game-end. However, his costly mistake of
leaving Cliff Ackman a monopoly in Continental proved to be the
The Final was contested by four spanking new laurelists: Dan
Eshleman, Marc Beauregard, James Pei and Cliff Ackman as Davyd
Field was the only former laurelist able to add to his totals.
The Final featured classic opening moves with participants either
starting a hotel or playing along the board edge. What players
didn't account for were the number of edge tiles other players
had. Three hotels were created in corner 12I, two in corner 1I
and Festival in corner 12A. Dan created the first hotel but Marc
caused the first merger generating a junior bonus for him and
senior bonus for Cliff. Dan came back strong with first place
in World Wide, a recreation and then merging it again one turn
Acquire is equal parts tile play, shrewd stock purchasing
and stock trading. Dan had all three Saturday night giving him
first place with 50,300.
Commendation to James Pei, whose limited involvement in mergers
during the Final crippled his gameplay. Still, James maintained
his gracious, stoic manner.
Of the 24 games played, average winning cash total was $50,600.
Average runner-ups scored 81% of the winning total, third place
66% and fourth place 53%. In the 24 games, players who created
the first chain won only 25% of the time while players placing
the opening tile created the first hotel at a 50% clip.
Frank Sinigaglio (left), Steve Shambeda,
and Paul Bean match acquisitions with an unidentified lady financier.
The finalists have at it as James
Pei (left) proves he can play games other than CDWs ... although
apparently not as well.
"I'm building a hotel for my
parents so they can move out of the Poor House."
Gamemaster Kelsey Lee, a graduate
of the WBC Juniors Academy, guides her little financiers to Juniors
In the Juniors event, twelve kids decided to build hotels
next to Dutch Wonderland. Gregory Breza proved the most successful
entrepreneur, followed by Brian Pappas and Kellie Wicks.