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Updated Nov. 23, 2012

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 2013 Status: pending 2013 GM commitment

Michael Holmquist, PA

2012 Champion

Event History
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
2012    Michael Holmquist      68

 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.  Robert Sohn        PA    12     78
   5.  Brandon Bernard    PA    10     76
   6.  Andy Gardner       VA    12     73
   7.  Stephane Dorais    qc    12     66
   8.  Michael Musko      IN    04     50
   9.  Jack Jaeger        VA    01     50
  10.  Jimmy Fleckenstein VA    09     46
  11.  Michael Holmquist  PA    12     40
  12.  Erica Kirchner     KY    08     40
  13.  Jonathan Fox       FL    03     40
  14.  Pat Richardson     VA    09     37
  15.  Thomas Richardson  VA    08     36
  16.  Peter Busch        OH    00     36
  17.  Richard Fox        FL    06     32
  18.  Jim Fleckenstein   VA    11     30
  19.  Chuck Krueger      MA    02     30
  20.  Steve Katz         VA    01     30
  21.  Tim Bissa          MI    07     28
  22.  Dee Ann Gehring    IN    08     24
  23.  Kyle Snyders       IL    06     24
  24.  Bruce Bernard      PA    00     24
  25.  Matt Fagan         NJ    10     22
  26.  Luke Koleszar      VA    12     20
  27.  John Wetherall     PA    01     20
  28.  Scott Fenn         MD    10     18
  29.  Gary Presser       NY    00     18
  30.  Virgina Melton     VA    11     16
  31.  Craig Melton       VA    07     16
  32.  Joe Pellicia       ME    99     16
  33.  Michael Destro     NJ    04     15
  34.  Pat Mirk           FL    01     15
  35.  Brian Schott       MD    05     14
  36.  Winston Forrest    VA    99     12
  37.  Bryan Eshleman     NC    04     10
  38.  Bob Jamelli        PA    10      9
  39.  Ed O'Connor        NJ    12      8
  40.  Kurt Miller        PA    11      8
  41.  Greg Schmittgens   KS    07      8
  42.  Brian Stone        NY    06      8
  43.  Shantanu Saha      NY    03      8
  44.  Eric Shaffer       AZ    02      5
  45.  Bob Foster         ID    01      5
  46.  David Buchholz     MI    11      4
  47.  Chuck Foster       ID    06      4
  48.  Tom Bissa          MI    05      4
  49.  John Chung         WA    03      4
  50.  Jerry Ohlinger     NY    09      4
  51.  Bill Crenshaw      VA    10      3
  52.  Philip Shea        FL    09      3

2012 Laurelists                                            Repeating Laurelists :

Andy Gardner, VA
2nd

Stephane Dorais, qc
3rd

Luke Koleszar, VA
4th

Ed O'Connor, NJ
5th

Robert Sohn, NJ
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

Michael Holmquist, PA
2012
   

Brandon Bernard, Luke Koleszar, Curt Collins II and James Fleckenstein check the incoming flight schedule.

Virginia Melton, one of three players to play in all four heats, Jessica Finkeldey and John Keating take part in the opening heat.

 Max Jamelli seems enthusiastic. Obviously this was before the Yankee lineup did their A-Rod playoff impersonation. Mark Tardibuono and Robert Sohn are unimpressed.

 Forrest Speck and Ben Gardner await the Turn Order draw before deciding whether a Fare War hub expansion is in the offing for them this turn or if they will bide their time.

Fuel Remains Plentiful ...

After several years of declining attendance, 2012 saw some resurgence in both new players and "repeat customers," (players who come back for more than one heat). At least six teams in the Team Tournament were hoping for points from Air Baron, another recent high.

With the tournament rules facilitating timely game completions (no Fuel Hike as the first disaster, and removing the Fuel Hike after two hours), players are confident they'll be finished in time for the next event on their schedule. That confidence was put to the test in the first heat, when the preceding event ran over by 20 minutes! We got a few games going as quickly as tables became available, then found a spot or two in nearby venues for the last two boards to begin. All games were completed and cleaned up before our allotted time had expired despite the late start.

This year's finalists started in the high rent district, flush with a banker's roll of 5. Our would-be barons began their quests for empire in Miami, Los Angeles, D.C., Chicago, and Atlanta. Only two players benefitted from the Government Contract. Andy lost money on the $1 contract, losing it to Ed who broke even at $2, then won it back at $3 to hold it for the rest of the game. Three Local Competitors, three Recessions, one Crash and a lone Fuel Hike were encountered. Strike went into the cup very late, and was never seen again. The single Fuel Hike was not an issue; nobody had to sell property to pay their tab as everyone had sufficient cash.

Ed O'Connor started in Miami and spread quickly to Atlanta and Houston, but suffered from too many rounds without payoffs and semi-cold dice. He finished well behind with a total cash and market share of $11.

38th ranked Luke Koleszar began with a marker in Pittsburgh, jumped to Honolulu in the West, and used the profit draws from both to eventually dominate (but never control) New York. He finished with a combined total of $75.

Defending champ Stephane Dorais started in Charlotte, out of the Atlanta hub. Eventually controlling both Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, he lost Charlotte on the last play of the game leaving him with $103 in market share and cash.

9th ranked Andy Gardner dominated the West with control of San Francisco, LA, and Denver, and dominance in Phoenix after Stephane's desperation attack to lower the odds succeeded in Tucson. If he'd drawn ahead of Michael in the turn order of the last round, he could have won. As it was, his $291 got him only second place.

Unranked Michael Holmquist started in Chicago, flirted with NY, but won by adding Atlanta to his "stable" of controlled hubs consisting of Chicago, Detroit, and D.C. With exactly $320 in market share, no debts, and $8 in cash, Michael completed his journey where Stephane had started.

Chris Gnech checks the chits for telltale Brail signs as the Turn Order is drawn.

GM Henry Richardson presents his finalists to the FAA for inspection.
 GM      Henry Richardson [5th Year]   NA
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