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Updated 2/5/2011
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 2012 Status: pending 2012 GM commitment
Joshua Cooper, MD
2010-11 Champion

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Event History
1991    Forrest Pafenberg      28
1992    Michael Anchors      28
1993    Steve Packwood      38
1994    Bernard Norton      49
1995    Steve Koleszar      43
1996    Al Bingamen      32
1997    Chuck Nail      56
1998    Justin Childs      48
1999    Gary Moss     40
2000    Justin Childs     41
2001   Justin Childs   45
2002   Jon Shambeda    86
2003   Phil Bradley    51
2004   David Gantt    52
2005   Ed Kendrick    67
2006   Matt Calkins    54
2007   Jason Ley    93
2008   Matt Amitrano    31
2009   Dan Eshleman    65
2010   Joshua Cooper    72
2011    Joshua Cooper    83
 Laurels

 Rank Name              From  Last  Total
   1. Justin Childs      FL    01     88
   2. Joshua Cooper      MD    11     60
   3. Steve Shambeda     PA    08     51
   4. Jason Ley          WA    11     45
   5. David Gantt        SC    08     44
   6. Gary Moss          MO    11     42
   7. Matt Calkins       VA    06     42
   8. Phil Bradley       IL    07     38
   9. Dan Eshleman       NC    09     30
  10. Matt Amitrano      VA    08     30
  11. Ed Kendrick        uk    05     30
  12. Jon Shambeda       PA    02     30
  13. Malinda Kyrkos     NY    10     24
  14. Arthur Field       SC    08     24
  15. Bruce Reiff        OH    01     24
  16. Cheryl Mallon      MD    11     21
  17. James Pei          VA    11     21
  18. Fadi Deeb          NC    10     18
  19. Marc Beauregard    qc    09     18
  20. Rich Atwater       WA    05     18
  21. Al Mink            VA    04     18
  22. Justin Thompson    VA    02     18
  23. Rob Flowers        NC    00     18
  24. Jason Levine       NY    01     16
  25. Steve Packwood     MN    02     15
  26. Davyd Field        SC    09     14
  27. Cliff Ackman       PA    09     12
  28. Jeff Meyer         MA    06     12
  29. Don Lubreski       NJ    04     12
  30. Chuck Nail         GA    02     12
  31. Mike Wooden        NY    99     12
  32. Nick Smith         uk    03     12
  33. Dylan Routh        MD    10      9
  34. Robert Buccheri    MD    08      9
  35. Jim Garvey         NY    07      9
  36. Jason Brown        NJ    06      9
  37. David Fritsch      VA    05      9
  38. Craig Moffit       NJ    04      9
  39. John Morris        MD    02      9
  40. David Brooks       TN    00      9
  41. Will Wible         VA    01      8
  42. Ticy Schaffer      FL    10      6
  43. Bryan Berkenstock  NJ    07      6
  44. Debbie Davidson    NE    06      6
  45. Steve Koleszar     VA    04      6
  46. Bruce Young        SC    03      6
  47. Joe Bellizi        NJ    03      4
  48. Steve Wolfman      WA    01      4
  49. Eyal Mozes         MD    11      3
  50. Yoshiya Narita     jp    10      3
  51. Pete Gathmann      NJ    09      3
  52. Kelsey Lee         PA    08      3
  53. Ken Lee            PA    07      3
  54. Bill Alderman      VA    05      3
  55. Luke Koleszar      VA    04      3
  56. Charles Goodwin    OH    00      3
  57. John Zahorsky      NJ    99      3

2011 Laurelists                                                Returning Laurelists:

Cheryl Mallon, MD
2nd

James Pei, VA
3rd

Jason Ley, WA
4th

Gary Moss, MO
5th

Eyal Mozes, MD
6th

Past Winners

Forrest Pafenberg, VA
1991

Steve Packwood, MN
1993

Bernard Norton, MA
1994

Steve Koleszar, VA
1995

Al Bingamen, PA
1996

Chuck Nail, GA
1997

Justin Childs, GA
1998, 2000-2001

Gary Moss, MO
1999

Jon Shambeda, PA
2002

Phil Bradley, IL
2003

David Gantt, SC
2004

Ed Kendrick, uk
2005

Matt Calkins, VA
2006

Jason Ley, WA
2007

Matt Amitrano, VA
2008

Dan Eshleman, LA
2009

Joshua Cooper, MD
2010-11
     

Katie Breza was one of just ten ladies to try their luck in Acquire out of a field of 83 as her whole family played in the second heat.

Cliff Ackman, Kevin Breza and defending champ Josh Cooper play in the second heat. Josh parlayed his win into a successful title defense.

Still a Classic ...

The tournament saw a renewed interest in this classic game as the third largest field in the 21-year history of the event generated 29 preliminary games in three heats. The median starting tile was 2C. Winning scores ranged from 33,000 to 61,000.

In past years I never noticed a correlation between seating position and winning. This year was different in that people playing first or THIRD (yes, seated third) were twice as likely to win as those seated fourth. More telling is people participating in the first merger: finishing first increased odds of winning to 50%, finishing second in the first merger increases odds of winning to 33%, not participating in the first merger decreases the (random) odds by half. These are only odds. Players participating in the first merger and seated first, still finished fourth and players not participating in the first merger and seated fourth are never out of the game (a player in this position had the highest runner-up score of the tournament with 99% of the winner's score.)

The finalists overcame a talented field that included seven former champions for a down and dirty, Wall Street takeover. Two of the former champs, 2007's Jason Ley and defending champ Joshua Cooper survived the gauntlet to reach the Final along with Cheryl Mallon and James Pei (the CDW wargame master). The game began in typical fashion: the first two chains started had the creators with four shares balanced with two players unable to start chains with three shares in each. Josh and Evan started their second chains before Jason and Cheryl were able to start their first, putting them in a bad position. Josh took majority in the first merger allowing him to purchase shares in the thick of the game while the other players "chose to pass". After a big first place payout ($5000), Josh recognized Continental would be a permanent hotel and purchased stock at a price no one could match thus guaranteeing him majority. Rather than merge a chain into Continental, he added to the rival chain's growth increasing its size to 11 (permanent status); depriving other players of much needed cash and preventing the trade for Continental stock. This year's championship proved Josh to be no one-hit wonder.

Evan Davis buys shares under the watchful gaze of John Tighe. Evan, the designer of Air Baron, was one of seven players to compete in all three heats.

GM Cliff Ackman keeps tabs on his finalists. Josh Cooper won again despite hefty competition from Caesar Pei who was out of his CDW element. Not the "Master" today.

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