I would to thank everyone for playing again and express special appreciation to those bringing games. We tied the record 9 games in the first heat, 7 in the second and 4 in the third heat.
During the heats, in 4 player games, Tom Demarco took top score honors this year with 231 with six other scores breaking 200 this year. Top cash also went to Tom DeMarco with 84. Proving that you don’t need cash to win, Bruce Reiff only needed 29 cash to win.
We had 18 different players with wins during the heats. As we grow, one win might not be enough to guarantee a spot in the semifinals. Last year the average winning margin in the semifinals was 28pts and this year the average closed to 18pts, while the closest semifinal was 15pts. In the first semifinal, Rickey Boyes had the most cash and most points from 7 point sites to win. In a high scoring semifinal, Curt Collins fended off a challenge from Rich Shay despite having the lowest points from city cards. In the third semifinal, Sky Roy had the biggest margin of victory with an impressive set of 6 point and 7 point cities. In the last semifinal, Andrew Drummond edged out Pat Mirk with a little cash lead and slightly better 5 point cities. Final scores from the Semifinals were
Rickey Boyes - 49 cash + 129 cities = 178
Grant LaDue - 36 Cash + 126 cities = 162
Bruce Reiff - 48 Cash + 107 cities = 155
Walt Neumann - 27 Cash + 97 cities = 124
Curt Collins - 94 cash + 124 cities = 218
Richard Shay - 29 cash + 172 cities = 201
Tom DeMarco - 20 cash + 153 cities = 173
William Herbst - 28 cash + 140 cities = 168
Sky Roy - 54 cash + 157 cities = 211
Adam Hurd - 26 cash + 162 cities = 188
Rob Kircher - 48 cash + 130 cities = 178
Mike Horn - 26 cash + 141 cities = 167
Andrew Drummond - 44 cash + 144 cities = 188
Pat Mirk - 37 cash + 136 cities = 173
Mike Shea - 57 cash + 105 cities = 162
John Gitzen - 41 cash + 113 cities = 154
The final table this year had 1 defending champion and two first time finalists. The game went the distance for 14 turns eventually running out of the city card deck. The pocket trains appeared around the middle of the game. The west coast cites didn’t fare well with only 1 major train reaching the coast. 21 cards were tossed from the fifteen times the 2x card was played. In a balanced game where everyone played 10 city cards and the 2x card four times, Curt Collins edged out Rickey Boyes using a cash advantage to become Sante Fe Rails first 3 time champion.
Final Scores were:
Curt Collins - 47 cash + 115 cities = 162
Rickey Boyes - 39 cash + 117 cities = 156
Andrew Drummond - 39 cash + 107 cities = 146
Sky Roy - 31 cash + 97 cities = 128
In the five games which turned in full trackers, we had 8 cities topping out over 20 points, Los Angeles, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Seattle and Minneapolis. When we track cities scoring 15 or more, we add eight more cities to the list. Denver, Albuquerque, El Paso, Phoenix and Canada were common among 3 of the 5 winners. Mexico was common with 4 of the 5 winners.
|Michael Shea deciding his next play
||The Union Pacific track is pretty long already
| Rob Kircher [14th Year]
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