The Early Bird returns to the Century
"Coach" Hazel, Steve Scott,
Cliff Ackman & Ralph Gleaton form an early foursome for the
old favorite in start-of-the-week action.
Rich Irving, Jeff Mullet, and Bob
Wicks conspire to keep you-know-who out of the running for wood.
Good work, guys.
Union Pacific moved to Monday in an effort to revive
the flagging fortunes of this old favorite. It also switched
back to a true swiss system with the second and third rounds
paired by players with similar records. Alas, it was clearly
stated that there would be no more than four players per board.
As the crowd amassed to over 60 with only 12 boards in view,
I grew concerned about mass turn-aways. But enough boards were
scrounged and everyone was seated at a 4-player board. I again
urge everyone to bring your copy of this out-of-print classic
Winners from the first round included: Fred Minard, Carol
Haney, Bobbi Warczak, Bruce Reiff, Kurt Miller, Richard Irving,
Jeff Mullet, Bob Wicks, Bruce Bernard, Sean McColluch, Bruce
Young, Curt Collins II, Rich Moyer, Rob Flowers, Jeff Senley,
Rod Davidson and the man in the hat - Keith Levy.
We had several dropouts and one new entrant in Round 2. Winners
were Bob Wicks, Jim Carvin, Jason Levine, Rich Atwater, Bruce
Bernard, Secret Party Room Bartender Ralph Gleaton, Secret Party
Room Enthusiast Scott Pfeiffer, Jeff Meyer, Rod Davidson, Jeff
Senley, Jason Ley, and Raphael Lehrer.
Due to the large number of entrants, the third round effectively
became a semi-final for those who still had a chance. Winners
were Kyle Greenwood and Alan Stancius (tied), Jim Carvin, Rod
Davidson and Jeff Senley (tie), Steve Shambeda, Brandon Bernard,
Curt Collins II, Derik Galullo, Bruce Young and Jeff Mullet.
After the pencils finishing toting up the points, the final
four were Curt Collins II, Rod Davidson, Jeff Mullet and Jeff
Senley. Jeff Mullet, the assistant GM and a finalist gives this
report on the Final:
The Final had the first player, Curt Collins, getting the
least number of Union Pacific stocks and the rest of the field
being tied for first in UP stock. In most games, the first player
often has the most UP stock, while the last player, often has
the least. We would soon see if Curt's gamble of giving up a
perceived advantage would pay off or hurt him.
As the players began collecting and laying down stocks, no
one seemed to get a large lead in any one stock. And since not
many stocks went uncontested, the payouts were fairly small each
turn. First place in most stocks would change with almost every
turn. Even the second place stocks were highly sought after.
There were an unusually high number of three-way ties for stocks
in first and second places.
When the steam, er, smoke cleared, Curt was on top. A low
scoring game and a couple of more stocks than his opponents offset
his lack of UP stocks.
Thanks to all who participated and next year, bring your game!!!!!!!!
Tedd Mullally, Bruce Young and Sean
McCulloch ride the rails on Monday.
The finalists do their dirty work
and successfully keep the Cabbie out of wood. Somehow, it just
ain't the same rooting against Jeff.