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Las Vegas (LAS) WBC 2018 Event Report
Updated November 5, 2018
130 Players Lucas Heinz 2018 Status 2019 Status Event History
  2018 Champion      

Gamblers Once Again Flock To The Grand Ballroom To Roll the Bones

The tradition for the first night since WBC has moved to Seven Springs has been to go to Las Vegas. 130 people showed up this year to throw dice and win big money. It was great to hear that many people enjoyed playing last year so much that then went out and bought a copy right after WBC which meant that we had enough copies that everyone was able to find a game to play right away and get started.

Some big money winners in round 1 included Joseph Yaure who scored a massive 540K, Violet Reid who stacked up 510K and Jeff Wu who totaled up an even 500K. At the other extreme, showing that you can win Las Vegas with good defense, Sara Ward and Denise McKibbin won tables with scores of 340K and 330K respectively. Nicole Reiff showed how to dominate a table winning hers with a lead of 210K over 2nd place.

25 players made up 5 tables in the semi-final round. Bill Peeck pulled of the closest victory of the semis, beating out Nicole Reiff by only 20K with Mike Kaltman trailing Nicole by only 10K. Lucas Heinz bested Brandon Bernard by 50K. Justin Rice was able to win comfortably by 80K over Lynda Shea. Eric Meader was able to secure his berth in the finals by the same 80K margin over Greg Thatcher. Steph Zavacky had the most comfortable road to the finals, winning his table by 90K over Chris Wildes.

The final table opened with Lucas Heinz taking a commanding lead, while Bill Peeck and Justin Rice spent 5 dice each fighting over 70K, Lucas was able to benefit from the draw with only 2 dice taking the money. This helped him take the majority of the money in round one and he was able to then press his advantage by taking more money than anyone else in round two. This gave Lucas a total of 290K at the end of round 2 with Steph Zavacky in 2nd but still 150K behind. Even though everyone at the table realized that Lucas had a commanding lead he was still able to capture more money in round three to keep pace with the field, scoring slightly more than Steph and letting Bill and Justin close in slightly. Justin Rice did make an attempt to close the gap in the final round by picking up 160K while everyone conspired to hold Lucas to only 40K but it was too late as Lucas was able to hold on for a victory.

I'm looking forward to having the event be even larger next year and maybe even break into needing a 4th round. Although single elimination works out great with the number of players we have right now, next year we may need to be prepared to advance multiple people from each game in rounds 2 and 3 to get the right numbers for a 4th round.

I would like to thank everyone that came out this year to make things a success and a double thank you to everyone that brought copies so that everyone could play this year. I would also like to thank my assistant GMs, Andrew Drummond and Duncan McGregor, for helping to keep the event running smoothly.

2018 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 0
Justin Rice Stephanie Zavacky Eric Meader Bill Peeck Brandon Bernard
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Would you let this crowd into your casino? Justin Rice on his way to the Final.
Even the green dice don't help Sean McCulloch stop Brandon from Laurels. Finalists with GM Adam Hurd
GM  Adam Hurd [2nd Year]  NA
 adam.hurd@gmail.com  NA