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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report    

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Larry Loiacono, PA

2014 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

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

2014 Laurelists                         Returning Laurelists:

Laurie Van De Graaf, NJ
2nd

Rich Atwater, WA
3rd

Malinda Kyrkos, NY
4th

Paul Klayder, KS
5th

Jeff Meyer, MA
6th

Past Winners

Forrest Pafenberg, VA
1991

Steve Packwood, MN
1993

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

Laurie and John Van De Graaf vs a couple former champions: 1993's Steve Packwood and 2007's Jason Ley.

GM Cliff Ackman watches Malinda Kyrkos take on 2006 champ Matt Calkins as her husband Vasili lends moral support.

First to Merge ...

Winning Acquire cannot be broken down into a formula but I'll give you some stats because that's what I do. At 32 4-player games, having the second seat didn't help because being seated second had the lowest number of wins (3) with seat 1 and seat 4 having the most (11). Winners had between $37,600 and $66,500 (Akihisa Tabei) but the most dominating win was earned by Malinda Kyrkos who nearly doubled the runner-up's holdings (and she was seated second).

Although most hotels were started by player #1, participating in the first merger increased in likelihood from the first seat to the last seat and first merger participation is the best predictor of victory (66%). Mid-value hotels were the most popular, starting twice as often as the higher or lower value properties.

There were two notable rarities in the preliminary heats. One game's first merger was a three-way with all players benefitting and gathering cash. Normally when one player wins majority and minority payouts for a game's first payout (as Akihisa Tabei did), they get high score. However, Owen Kyrollos fought back to win against a player who received both bonuses in the opening merger.

Okay. You have some stats. Forget them - because in the playoffs, they don't matter. Larry Loiacono (seated last) bested Akihisa Tabei and yours truly for a semifinal win. Rich Atwater didn't participate in the first merger but still enjoyed a comfortable margin of victory. Malinda Kyrkos continued her big game play with the greatest percentage win of the playoffs. And Laurie Van de Graff in her first WBC, seated second, bested her table including past champ Steve Packwood.

Random seating in the Final yielded Laurie first seat, followed by Rich, Malinda and Larry. Rich started the first chain (Worldwide) on his first play, and kept control of it the entire game. Everyone began a chain within the first three turns. The first merger occurred on Turn 6 with Malinda taking second in Worldwide's takeover of Laurie's American. The very next play Larry merged his Imperial into Tower giving him first and Rich second. With everyone flush with cash, the brokers raked in the sales with stocks going fast and furious.

It is not unusual for one or more players to run out of cash and be unable to buy stock or defend their properties for prolonged periods. In this Final, everyone seemed to have money when they needed it. Laurie called the game on Turn 17 with three fixed chains on the board and all stock sold. All players received bonuses in one or two chains and the $10,000+ payouts for final stock sales. From my vantage point as the banker, I couldn't predict who won until Larry announced his $43,000 - a 2% win over Laurie.

Carl Sykes and friends had their hands full with 2006 champ Matt Calkins. Lots of past champs populate the field.

So what do a pair of multi-year Caesars who dominate CDWs and Euros respectively play head to head? Acquire.

 GM     Cliff Ackman [8th Year]  NA 
  Cliff006@Frontier.com  NA

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