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Auction (AUC) WBC 2019 Event Report
Updated October 7, 2019
27 Players Michael Shea 2019 Status 2020 Status History/Laurels
2019 Champion Click box for details. Click box for details.

Shea Back On Top

I was forced back in to GM duty this year due to Bob Wicks not being able to attend this year. Thanks to Bob for handling the event the last few years. Vasilli Kyrkos is stepping up next year to GM. Quite a few people showed up for the demo this year and as usual we have a couple of new converts.

This game is surprisingly skillful. Yes there is some randomness but it can be overcome with skilled play, as this year’s champ proves (for the third time). So come join us next year for this classic!

The four heats produced 12 winners at the semi finals (by the way we will be moving heat 2 – we were up against Terraforming Mars, 7 Wonders, Dominion and St. Petersburg to name a few. Yeah, that didn’t go well). Your GM was the only two heat winner (having joined the second time to make an even 4 player game).

Semifinal #1 featured Vassili Kyrkos($6520), Jeff Mullet($6140), Luke Koleszar($1530) and former champ John Schoose($4390). I’d like to take this opportunity to point out that Jeff Mullet has never won this event. Why? Cause I can! Anyway, Vassili ran out the clock with the deck running out over Jeff. Jeff had a good second place score (best second in the 3 semis also makes the final) but was it enough. Short story – no it wasn’t. Jeff STILL hasn’t won this event.

Semifinal #2 had two time champ Mike Shea winning with $7620 over Ryan Feathers($6610), Cary Morris($4410) and Tom Browne($4020). By the way – welcome back Tom after missing a few years. Good to have you back.

Semifinal #3 was where your illustrious GM was seated. In a game that saw all three rich collectors come out (and I didn’t have ANY of their cards) and the special value deck exhausted (including my getting the imitation card) it should come as no surprise that I finished last with $2840. Jon Lockwood got third with $5710. Here’s where is got interesting due to all the rich collectors Andrew George was sitting on $7510 – a winning score – when Jeremy Billones declared victory with $7750. Andrew couldn’t get in to declare but his second place propelled him to the finals.

The finals continued Andrew’s streak of second places. Mike Shea (now three time champion) was able to maneuver one of the best 4/3 combination – Queen Anne Furniture and Miniatures – into a fair quick $7710 final table victory. Andrew had $5950 to take second, Jeremy had $4750 for third and net years GM played the final like this year’s GM played his semi and ended up with a mere $2860.

Thanks again to all who played and we look forward to you joining our ranks in 2020!

2019 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 2

Andrew George Jeremy Billones Vassili Kyrkos Ryan Feathers Jeff Mullet
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Vasilli taking down GM Bruce Reiff in preliminary game. GM watches over semifinal.
Bruce Monnin looks in pain during this auction. Jeremy Billones keeps Bruce out of Finals.
Vassili Kyrkos makes Finals stopping another CABS member. Finalists including GM Bruce Reiff
GM     Bruce Reiff [1st Year]  NA
     NA  NA