It's another SRO crowd for Liar's
Dice which led WBC
in attendance this year.
Jason does his "Bruce & Rev
Keith" imitation ...
at least he's easier on the furniture.
Rebecca Hebner, Beth Zhao and Craig
prepare to sell their stories.
... the cheap version.
This is what happens when you don't bring
Liar's Dice again led the attendance parade at WBC.
216 crazed liars came to the event in hopes of becoming the ultimate
champion. This was the third time that it was the most attended
event at WBC. The festivities started off with the traditional
unified cup shake and smash to the tables by all present. This
year there was an added bonus of a special birthday celebration
and video taping of the event for a WBC documentary.
31 players survived to enter the semi-final round - again
without yours truly who spent another year on the sidelines watching
the winners advance. This marked only the third time in eight
years that I hadn't advanced to the semi-final round. You wait,
I'll get to the Final yet some year.
The Final was manned by Greg Thatcher, Nick Henning, Dale
Long, Richard M. Shay, Chuck Foster, and Rodney Bacigalupo. Greg
started the bidding and the celebratory mood of the winners changed
to bluff mode. The initial bid went to 14-5's by Richard before
Chuck called to reveal 15 showing so Chuck lost the first die.
Next to be baptized was Dale on a bid of nine stars and Richard
called to reveal but seven causing Dale to suffer the next two
caualties and starting a trend of Richard being on the right
side of the challenges.
But the third hit was the biggest as Greg discovered to his
dismay on a bid of 6-stars which Nick challenged to find but
two showing for a staggering loss of four dice. The tabletalk
over the big hit suffered by Greg had scarcely settled when it
was outdone by an even larger loss. Chuck's bid of 11-4's prompted
Rodney to call - which proved to be a nuclear-sized mistake worth
sixth place as there were 17 4's and Rodney lost ALL of his dice
in one shot, which was a first for the Final.
Chuck then continued the subdued bidding with seven 5's. Greg,
with but a single die left, called - knowing he could not afford
to be wrong. The good news was he didn't have enough dice to
lose when nine 5's were revealed so he got a discounted ticket
to fifth place. Chuck was feeling confident after eliminating
two players in a row. Unfortunately for him, his next bid of
eight 5's didn't get by Nick who revealed only six so Chuck lost
the next two dice, but after the mayhem of the previous two checks
he figured he got a bargain. Nevertheless, Dale preferred to
take his losses in bite-shaped portions. His bid of 1 ten 2's
cost him a die to Richard's call. Chuck decided to up the ante
so when he bid five 4's, Nick took his last two dice and pointed
him to 4th place.
At this point each of the remaining players knew they were
going to get wood of some sort. Unfortunately for Dale he was
lagging far behind with only two dice, while both Nick and Richard
had yet to lose. In Round 9 Dale bid seven 4's and Richard called
to reveal the first exactor so both Richard and Nick lost a die
- enabling Dale to gain on both leaders. Dale's comeback continued
in Round 10 when Nick's bid of five 4's cost him a die to Dale's
challenge. But Round 11 yielded the second exactor of the game
on five-1's to Nick's call, costing both he and Dale another
Round 12 gave Dale third place laurels on his call of Nick's
bid of two stars resulting in the third exactor. The final showdown
would be a complex one between the remaining two players with
Richard holding a 3:2 advantage. Round 13 evened the odds at
two dice apiece with the fourth exactor on Richard's bid of two
stars. On Round 14 Richard bid three 5's and re-rolled one of
his dice. Nick called to find the fifth exactor and was now down
to his final die.
Round 14 proved to be decisive. Nick bid two 3's with only
one showing to earn second place while Richard became the eighth
different player in as many years to win the Liar's Dice championship.
Jake Jocoby, Chuck Foster and Harry
I ask ya - would you buy a used car from this trio?
Jason and his finalists have outlasted
who won an early bedtime by losing.
Liar's Dice Junior
Chris Yaure ran a Junior's event for little prevaricators.
Twelve pint-sized bluffers participated with Adina Weiss being
declared the champ. The other finalists were in order Taylor
Rish, Cal Doughan, Zach Denysenko, Wesley Lewis, and Adam Wojtaszczyk.
Wes sez it's easier to bluff when
they can't see your face.
Juniors GM Chris Yaure checks out
the little fibbers.