First to Merge ...
Laurie and John Van De Graaf vs a
couple former champions: 1993's Steve Packwood and 2007's Jason
GM Cliff Ackman watches Malinda Kyrkos
take on 2006 champ Matt Calkins as her husband Vasili lends moral
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
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
Carl Sykes and friends had their hands
full with 2006 champ Matt Calkins. Lots of past champs populate
So what do a pair of multi-year Caesars
who dominate CDWs and Euros respectively play head to head? Acquire.