acquire

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Steve Packwood, MN

2015 Champion

Event History

1991 Forrest Pafenberg 28
1992 Michael Anchors 28
1993 Steve Packwood 38
1994 Bernard Norton 49
1995 Steve Koleszar 43
1996 Al Bingamen 32
1997 Chuck Nail 56
1998 Justin Childs 48
1999 Gary Moss 40
2000 Justin Childs 41
2001 Justin Childs 45
2002 Jon Shambeda 86
2003 Phil Bradley 51
2004 David Gantt 52
2005 Ed Kendrick 67
2006 Matt Calkins 54
2007 Jason Ley 93
2008 Matt Amitrano 31
2009 Dan Eshleman 65
2010 Joshua Cooper 72
2011 Joshua Cooper 83
2012 Ken Richards 77
2013 Anthony Lainesse 73
2014 Larry Loiacono 80
2015 Steve Packwood 99

Laurels

 Rank Name              From  Last  Total
   1. Justin Childs      FL    01     88
   2. Joshua Cooper      MD    12     69
   3. Matt Calkins       VA    12     60
   4. Steve Packwood     MN    15     55
   5. Steve Shambeda     PA    13     54
   6. Gary Moss          MO    13     51
   7. Jason Ley          WA    11     45
   8. David Gantt        SC    08     44
   9. Phil Bradley       IL    07     38
  10. Laurie Van DeGraaf NJ    15     34
  11. Malinda Kyrkos     NY    14     33
  12. Larry Loiacono     PA    14     30
  13. Rich Atwater       WA    14     30
  14. Anthony Lainesse   qc    13     30
  15. Ken Richards       SC    12     30
  16. Dan Eshleman       NC    09     30
  17. Matt Amitrano      VA    08     30
  18. Ed Kendrick        uk    05     30
  19. Jon Shambeda       PA    02     30
  20. Jason Arvey        VA    15     24
  21. Paul Klayder       KS    14     24
  22. Arthur Field       SC    08     24
  23. Bruce Reiff        OH    01     24
  24. Cheryl Mallon      MD    11     21
  25. James Pei          VA    11     21
  26. Fadi Deeb          NC    10     18
  27. Marc Beauregard    qc    09     18
  28. Al Mink            VA    04     18
  29. Justin Thompson    VA    02     18
  30. Rob Flowers        NC    00     18
  31. Jason Levine       NY    01     16
  32. Jeff Meyer         MA    14     15
  33. Davyd Field        SC    09     14
  34. Ben Carter         FL    15     12
  35. Kevin Broh-Kahn    MD    13     12
  36. Ray Stakenas II    CA    12     12
  37. Cliff Ackman       PA    09     12
  38. Don Lubreski       NJ    04     12
  39. Chuck Nail         GA    02     12
  40. Mike Wooden        NY    99     12
  41. Nick Smith         uk    03     12
  42. Dylan Routh        MD    10      9
  43. Robert Buccheri    MD    08      9
  44. Jim Garvey         NY    07      9
  45. Jason Brown        NJ    06      9
  46. David Fritsch      VA    05      9
  47. Craig Moffit       NJ    04      9
  48. John Morris        MD    02      9
  49. David Brooks       TN    00      9
  50. Tim Tu             NJ    15      8
  51. Will Wible         VA    01      8
  52. Glenn Massey       MD    13      6
  53. Brad Raszewski     MD    12      6
  54. Ticy Schaffer      FL    10      6
  55. Bryan Berkenstock  NJ    07      6
  56. Debbie Davidson    NE    06      6
  57. Steve Koleszar     VA    04      6
  58. Bruce Young        SC    03      6
  59. Jessica Shea       VA    15      4
  60. Joe Bellizi        NJ    03      4
  61. Steve Wolfman      WA    01      4
  62. Eric Ritter        PA    12      3
  63. Eyal Mozes         MD    11      3
  64. Yoshiya Narita     jp    10      3
  65. Pete Gathmann      NJ    09      3
  66. Kelsey Lee         PA    08      3
  67. Ken Lee            PA    07      3
  68. Bill Alderman      VA    05      3
  69. Luke Koleszar      VA    04      3
  70. Charles Goodwin    OH    00      3
  71. John Zahorsky      NJ    99      3
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 1

Jason Arvey, VA
2nd

Laurie Van De Graaf, NJ
3rd

Ben Carter, FL
4th

Tim Tu, NJ
5th

Jessica Shea, VA
6th

Past Winners

Forrest Pafenberg, VA
1991

Steve Packwood, MN
1993, 2015

Bernard Norton, MA
1994

Steve Koleszar, VA
1995

Al Bingamen, PA
1996

Chuck Nail, GA
1997

Justin Childs, GA
1998, 2000-2001

Gary Moss, MO
1999

Jon Shambeda, PA
2002

Phil Bradley, IL
2003

David Gantt, SC
2004

Ed Kendrick, uk
2005

Matt Calkins, VA
2006

Jason Ley, WA
2007

Matt Amitrano, VA
2008

Dan Eshleman, LA
2009

Joshua Cooper, MD
2010-11

Ken Richards, SC
2012

Anthony Lainesse, qc
2013

Larry Loiacono, PA
2014

"Master Pei" met his match against Steve Packwood who reclaimed past glory in their semifinal showdown.

Paul Bean enjoys his vacation from Open Gaming Monitor duties. but not as much as Ben Carter who won this semifinal.

Laurie Van DeGraaf returned to the Final by besting Richard Irving and Peter Stark in this semifinal.

Jason Arvey's road to the Final came against Jessica Shea and Ed Kendrick in the fourth semifinal.

Record Attendance ... 25 Years Later

Maybe it was nostalgia or scheduling. Whatever it was, the 25th “Acquire” tournament set an attendance record. Stalwarts, ex-champs and newbies all played one of the oldest games in the WBC catalog. In some ways the tournament was like any other year—blowouts by people receiving first and second dividends on the first merger, losses by people receiving first and second dividends on the first merger, and forced mergers by players holding only unplayable “maker” tiles.

Twice, I was told that the game is more luck than skill. I refuted that claim each time. Besides the statistics, I point out the stalwarts who return to the semifinals year after year. Then there is my personal experience in a game with Brian Berkenstock, who never created a chain but nevertheless won quite handily. But, there is some luck in every game—from fickle dice to missed opportunities by other players to luck of the draw at the most inopportune times. How players handle that luck determines both their skill and social outlook.

So, how does one win Acquire? Seating position does not matter. Creating the first hotel chain does not matter. Being first in the opening merger is significant, in that some 60% of these players won their game (rather than the statistical average of 25%.) but even so, 20% of those wins were close (less than 10% of the winning score.)

Of the 40 games played, the first chain started was low cost 22 times, medium cost 16 times and high cost only twice. But the players starting those high cost chains won.

To make the semifinals, our 16 advancers recorded a win and another placement. Alternates had one win and were ranked by the percentage distance over their respective runner-up. Steve Shambeda headed the list of qualifiers with three wins, but the 4th ranked laurelist again failed to win the one that counts and exited in Round 2. The 16th seed was Dan Farrow, until the late arrival of a higher ranked qualifier bumped him to the gallery and earned a sportsmanship nomination forhis gracious withdrawal.

The 2015 finalists were Laurie Van deGraaf, making her second straight appearance; Steve Packwood, the 1993 champ; Jason Arvey, a frequent competitor making his first Final; and Ben Carter, a newcomer to WBC. Ben had both the largest win in the tournament at 207% over the runner-up and the narrowest win at 100.2%

Steve began the Final by starting imperial at board edge. Ben was second and started the other high cost, Continental. Laurie and Jason bought in each. But Turn 6 saw the first merger, giving Jason first dividend and Steve second. The very next play, Steve started Luxor and gained first place with his kept shares. That same turn, Laurie's Continental took over American, giving her much needed cash for second dividend but Steve had first. AND Steve started American again on his very next play. The game was relatively short with only nine mergers and Steve took part in seven of them. By the end of the day, Steve showed his mettle with a stack of cash—140% over runner-up Arvey. It was an impressive win by any standard—even if it was 22 years in the making.

GM Cliff Ackman with his finalists Jason Arvey, Steve Packwood
who won his second ACQ title 22 years after his first, Ben Carter and
Laurie Van De Graaf back for her second straight Final appearance.
GM Cliff Ackman [9th Year] NA
Cliff006@Frontier.com NA

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