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Updated 11/15/2011
2011 WBC Report     

 2012 Status: pending 2012 GM commitment
Stephane Dorais, qc
2011 Champion

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1996    Jack Jaeger      118
1997    James Garvey      110
1998    Fred Minard        94
1999    Ken Rothstein      117
2000    John Coussis     109
2001    Jack Jaeger       72
2002    Chris Storzillo       73
2003    Jonathan Fox       68
2004    Michael Musko       80
2005    Robert Sohn       75
2006    Brandon Bernard       90
2007    John Coussis       70
2008    Erica Kirchner       67
2009    Chris Storzillo       60
2010    Ken Rothstein       57
2011    Stephane Dorais       61
 Laurels

 Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
   1.  John Coussis       IL    07    131
   2.  Ken Rothstein      NY    10    112
   3.  Chris Storzillo    NJ    09    108
   4.  Brandon Bernard    PA    10     76
   5.  Robert Sohn        PA    05     74
   6.  Stephane Dorais    qc    11     50
   7.  Michael Musko      IN    04     50
   8.  Jack Jaeger        VA    01     50
   9.  Andy Gardner       VA    11     49
  10.  Jimmy Fleckenstein VA    09     46
  11.  Erica Kirchner     KY    08     40
  12.  Jonathan Fox       FL    03     40
  13.  Pat Richardson     VA    09     37
  14.  Thomas Richardson  VA    08     36
  15.  Peter Busch        OH    00     36
  16.  Richard Fox        FL    06     32
  17.  Jim Fleckenstein   VA    11     30
  18.  Chuck Krueger      MA    02     30
  19.  Steve Katz         VA    01     30
  20.  Tim Bissa          MI    07     28
  21.  Dee Ann Gehring    IN    08     24
  22.  Kyle Snyders       IL    06     24
  23.  Bruce Bernard      PA    00     24
  24.  Matt Fagan         NJ    10     22
  25.  John Wetherall     PA    01     20
  26.  Scott Fenn         MD    10     18
  27.  Gary Presser       NY    00     18
  28.  Virgina Melton     VA    11     16
  29.  Craig Melton       VA    07     16
  30.  Joe Pellicia       ME    99     16
  31.  Michael Destro     NJ    04     15
  32.  Pat Mirk           FL    01     15
  33.  Brian Schott       MD    05     14
  34.  Winston Forrest    VA    99     12
  35.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    04     10
  36.  Bob Jamelli        PA    10      9
  37.  Kurt Miller        PA    11      8
  38.  Luke Koleszar      VA    08      8
  39.  Greg Schmittgens   KS    07      8
  40.  Brian Stone        NY    06      8
  41.  Shantanu Saha      NY    03      8
  42.  Eric Shaffer       AZ    02      5
  43.  Bob Foster         ID    01      5
  44.  David Buchholz     MI    11      4
  45.  Chuck Foster       ID    06      4
  46.  Tom Bissa          MI    05      4
  47.  John Chung         WA    03      4
  48.  Jerry Ohlinger     NY    09      4
  49.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    10      3
  50.  Philip Shea        FL    09      3

2011 Laurelists                                                 Repeating Laurelists : 0

Andy Gardner, VA
2nd

Virgina Melton, VA
3rd

Jimmy Fleckenstein, VA
4th

Kurt Miller, PA
5th

David Buchholz, MI
6th


Past Winners

Jack Jaeger, VA
1996, 2001

James Garvey, NY
1997

Fred Minard, PA
1998

Ken Rothstein, NY
1999, 2010

John Coussis, IL
2000, 2007

Chris Storzillo, NJ
2002, 2009

Jonathan Fox, FL
2003

Michael Musko, IN
2004

Robert Sohn, NJ
2005

Brandon Bernard, PA
2006

Erica Kirchner, KY
2008

Stephane Dorais, qc
2011
     

Evan Davis and James Fleckenstein flank Tom Bissa who was one of only three players to play in all four heats, but lost the Frequent Flyer Award to James' son.

Defending champ Kenny Rothstein finds the going not so easy against Virginia Melton - one of five flying Meltons - who finished third after five games.

Fuel is Plentiful ...

With a banker's cash roll of "1", and several early recessions, cash was scarce during the early part of the game as the finalists jousting for the latest Air Baron title launched their fledgling empires from Norfolk, West Palm Beach, San Diego, Sacramento, and Indianapolis. The two West Coast players - Jimmy Fleckenstein in LA and Virginia Melton in San Francisco - battled each other as they tried to expand east, preventing either from gaining many hubs. Meanwhile, the East Coast players - Andy Gardner in Miami and Stephane Dorais from his early concentration in Atlanta - started their bids to expand northward as Kurt Miller spread through hubs in the Midwest and Northeast.

By mid-game, the cash crunch had eased for most players, fueled by a rapid increase in the value of the bid for contract and many high-value chit pulls. Stephane, aided by cash from chit draws of his dominant hubs of JFK and Atlanta, successfully moved north, gaining control of the New York, DCA and Detroit hubs. Andy tried to slow him with repeated attacks on Atlanta. Out west, Jim talked Virginia into halting attacks on him and deploying a Jumbo against Stephane in Norfolk - drawing the charge from Stephane that she was acting as a "meat puppet" for the interests of others. When a counterattack by Stephane expelled Virginia's Jumbo from Norfolk, Jim dropped his own Jumbo into it.

Stephane, seeing the other players uniting against him, went into fare wars and tried for market share wins first in Atlanta, which failed, and later in the Chicago hub, where he fell one spoke short of victory. The West Coast battle then resumed under cries of "Tucson has got to DIE" from Virginia as she ejected Jim from Phoenix. Kurt, having bided his time and hoarded cash in the Midwest, now retook Chicago, gained control of Houston and attacked Atlanta - making his own bid to win. Then it was Andy's turn for a big push as he finally completed the Miami-Atlanta-Houston southern triangle and established dominance in Dallas-Ft. Worth.

While there were potential opportunities for several players to win, Lady Luck intervened and two quick chit pulls of JFK totaling $54 sealed the game for Stephane as he went into fare wars one last time and grabbed three spokes in the Chicago hub giving him dominant market share there and a win with a score of 341 for his first WBC championship. Andy was second with 255, followed by Virginia with 208, Jim with 161 and Kurt with 55 in a game where the dreaded Fuel Hike never showed its face - even though it was the third disaster placed in the cup.

The Frequent Flyer award went to Jimmy Fleckenstein who played in all four heats and both elimination games to log a maximum six games in the air. GM Scott Fenn and Tom Bissa also flew in all four heats but were unable to advance to the Final.

Bruce Bernard, Erica Kirchner and Rob Sohn take on Evan Davis, the game's designer in semi-final action!

Finalists Andy Gardner, Virginia Melton, Stephane Dorais, GM Scott Fenn, Jimmy Fleckenstein, and Kurt Miller.
 GM      Scott Fenn [1st Year]   NA
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