I would to thank everyone for playing again and express special appreciation to those bringing games. We had 7 games in the first heat, 7 in the second and 6 in the third heat.
During the heats, in 4 player games, Andrew Drummond took top score honors this year with 236 with only 1 other scores to break 200 this year. Top cash went to Kyle Greenwood with 77. Proving that you don’t need cash to win, Vien Bounma only needed 6 cash to win.
We had 16 different players with wins during the heats. As we keep growing, one win might not be enough to guarantee a spot in the semifinals. The average margin in winning in the semifinals was 18 points, which was the same as last year. The closest semifinal was 9 points. In the first semifinal, Curt cornered the cash market and played double Salt Lake with 4 trains for the victory. In the shortest semifinal game, Mike Shea also cornered the cash market but only needed 6 cities in pay for the win. In the tightest semifinal game Rickey Boyes had the most 7 cards in play for the win. In the 4th semifinal, Andrew Drummond crushed the table with double Los Angles with 3 trains.
- Curt Collins 67 cash + 158 cities = 255
- Vien Bounma 10 Cash + 200 cities = 210
- William Hoch 44 Cash + 156 cities = 200
- Amy Klayder 31 Cash + 135 cities = 166
- Mike Shea 64 cash + 85 cities = 149
- Duncan McGregor 26 cash + 114 cities = 140
- Bob Wicks 29 cash + 99 cities = 128
- Walt Neumann 35 cash + 63 cities = 98
- Rickey Boyes 49 cash + 118 cities = 167
- Sky Roy 34 cash + 121 cities = 155
- Paul Klayder 38 cash + 116 cities = 154
- Orla Mitchell 32 cash + 116 cities = 148
- Andrew Drummond 40 cash + 167 cities = 207
- Paul Rubin 45 cash + 125 cities = 170
- Rob Kircher 59 cash + 94 cities = 153
- Bill Peeck 28 cash + 113 cities = 141
The final table make up this year had 2 defending champions and 3 who were at the final table last year. Andrew Drummond drew first player. Opening moves had the Kansas Pacific running south reaching San Antonio. In the midgame, Curt was leading in cash. The Union Pacific made the west coast though Denver and connecting Salt Lake City. Andrew was able to steer the Texas Pacific back though Salt Lake City and Casper while having both cards in play. Mike worked with Andrew to have the Western Pacific reach Portland. In the end game Santa Fe reached Seattle and was able to run to San Francisco. In the closest finish in 6 years, Andrew edged out Mike in the final count. The four 7 cities Andrew had in play made up the cash deficit.
- Andrew Drummond 30 cash + 149 cities (11) = 179
- Mike Shea 44 cash + 131 cities (11) = 175
- Ricky Boyes 42 cash + 122 cities (11) = 164
- Curt Collins II 48 cash + 101 cities (9) = 149
In the five games which turned in full trackers, we only had 4 cities topping out over 20 points (Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City). When we track cities scoring 15 or more, we add eight more cities to the list. Denver, Wichita, Casper, Albuquerque, Billings, Las Vegas, Phoenix and El Paso appeared 3 times. This year Los Angeles, El Paso, Duluth and Billings were common among 3 of the 5 winners. Salt Lake City was common with 4 of 5 the winners.
|Still smiling at the end of the game.
||Contemplating the next move.
|Michael Shea on his way to the Final.
||Finalists with GM Rob Kircher.
| Rob Kircher [15th Year]
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