can't stop   

Updated Nov. 23, 2013

2013 WBC Report  

 2014 Status: pending 2014 GM commitment

Ben Collinson Jr, MD

2013 Champion

Event History
2006    David Burkey     104
2007     Rob Winslow     116
2008    Anne Norton     148
2009    Danny Lewis     184
2010    Elaine Pearson     178
2011    Rob Drozd     172
2012    Sceadeau D'Tela     161
2013    Ben Collinson Jr     205


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Ben Collinson Jr   MD    13     30
  2.  Sceadeau D'Tela    NC    12     30
  3.  Jay Fox            NJ    12     30
  4.  Rob Drozd          IL    11     30
  5.  Elaine Pearson     NC    10     30
  6.  Danny Lewis        DE    09     30
  7.  Anne Norton        NJ    08     30
  8.  Rob Winslow        NY    07     20
  9.  David Burkey       PA    06     20
 10.  Lissa Rennert      MD    13     18
 11.  Sean McCulloch     OH    11     18
 12.  Marco DeLaurentis  PA    10     18
 13.  Brian Hanechak     MA    09     18
 14.  Ted Drozd          IL    08     18
 15.  Scott Sunderlin    NY    13     12
 16.  Dave Bohnenberger  PA    12     12
 17.  Jeff Mullet        OH    11     12
 18.  Mary Ellen Powers  VA    10     12
 19.  Anna Marion        PA    09     12
 20.  Cheryl Burkey      PA    08     12
 21.  Nick Page          on    07     12
 22.  Holiday Saccenti   MD    13      9
 23.  Mark Moore         PA    12      9
 24.  Josh Githens       SC    11      9
 25.  Eric Monte         NY    10      9
 26.  Evan Cagwin        PA    09      9
 27.  Ben Gardner        VA    08      9
 28.  Jordan Flawd       PA    07      8
 29.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    06      8
 30.  Peter Staab        PA    13      6
 31.  Lynda Shea         CT    12      6
 32.  Anna Marion        PA    11      6
 33.  Doug Galullo       MD    10      6
 34.  Larry Lingle       PA    09      6
 35.  Paul Bean          MA    08      6
 36.  Lance Fogel        PA    07      6
 37.  Steve Cameron      PA    06      6
 38.  Patrick Shea       VA    07      4
 39.  Matthew Amitrano   VA    06      4
 40.  Richard Beyma      VA    13      3
 41.  Caire Brosius      MA    12      3
 42.  Ralph Gleaton      SC    11      3
 43.  Aaron Fuegi        MA    10      3
 44.  Chris Greenfield   NY    09      3
 45.  David Bohnenberger PA    08      3
 46.  Nate Hoam          OH    07      2
 47.  David Fritsch      VA    06      2

2013 Laurelists                                                  Repeating Laurelists: 0

Lissa Rennert, MD

Scott Sunderlin, NY

Holiday Saccenti, MD

Peter Staab, PA

Richard Beyma, MD

Past Champions

David Burkey, PA

Rob Winslow, NY

Anne Norton, NJ

Danny Lewis, DE

Elaine Pearson, NC

Rob Drozd, IL

Sceadeau D'Tela, NC

Ben Collinson Jr, MD

The deluxe version of Can't Stop! ...

... and then there are the bargain basement copies.

Alex Metzger must have got the Halloween version.

Chris and Joe Yaure, Paul Weintraub and Lynda Shea can't stop.

Playing the WBC Lottery ...

You Can Never Stop! Well ... Maybe You Can ...

Another raucous year for Can't Stop resulted in over 200 players throwing their hats in the ring to see who could push their luck the farthest. The Wednesday night edition of the late-night game circuit was YET again so popular that despite numerous games brought by CABS (thanks, guys!), we were again short copies. Kudos are due those folks who brought games, taught new players, or toughed it out on the GM's less glamorous (though quite classy) stopgap homemade versions.

As always. the preliminary round was filled with bizarre odds-defying occurances:

Jordan Shae should stay away from craps tables. He rolled three snake-eyes and two boxcars in one turn. He then capped the 10's in his next turn and the 2's and 12's the following turn. Jonathan Barnes, on the other hand, should visit Vegas, after closing the entire 7's column in one turn.

Jeff Meyer, who has never ONCE stopped in his many years of play - having never capped and therefore never had a reason to - finally found sweet relief. Jeff needed two 12's to cap the column and started shaking his dice. Dan Eshleman, longtime friend and compatriot, walks up and blows on the dice. Jeff then rolls four 6s to cap the 12s, stopping for the first time in his tournament repertoire. Where is Eshleman when I need a boxcars roll?

Special props to Carmen Petruzzelli, and to all those other nameless souls out there, who ended the game with no pieces on the board. He fully exemplifies the spirit of Can't Stop.

Finally, A Cautionary Tale by Rob Drozd: "Anne [Norton] already had the 9 column from the previous turn. She was working on both 6's and 7's, went a long way on both, but stopped after capping the 6's while only one 7 shy of winning. I was able to get an 11 and a 3 to win before her next turn." Lady Luck does not smile upon the faint hearted!

Final Rounds:

48 players advanced to the quarterfinals, where I can only assume the cut-throat dice-rolling limited player energies to report fun happenings to the GM. Richard Beyma did take a moment to tip his hat to his competitors, two of whom busted one space away from preventing Richard (the table winner) from capping his final number. In true lottery fashion, none of the last six winners had ever received CNS laurels previously so the event remains without a twotime laurelist - let alone a champion.

The last three survivors, Lissa Rennert, Ben Collinson, and Scott Sunderlin settled in for the Final in the now thinned out and much quieter ballroom. Lissa had already proven her dice rolling skills in the semifinal, where she capped three numbers so quickly, some of her competitors didn't even have a second turn.

The trash talk started early. Lissa countered opponents urging her to stop by reminding them that they "have no pieces on the board" and shushed peanut-gallery member Kevin Lewis with the quip "You got flushed out - what do you know?" Atta girl! She quickly topped two columns, the 12's and 4's in two successive turns, but Ben finally got some pieces on the board by capping the 6's. Lissa, hardly dismayed, reassured the onlookers "I don't need to totally crush them - I'll give them a chance to get on the board."

Little did she know that her next turns would be less forgiving. After she busted, Ben went on to cap his second column, the 8's, while Scott slowly advanced his pieces up the board. Another bust for Lissa put Ben in the cat-bird's seat, which he took full advantage of to finish the 3's column and claim victory. Gotta hand it to Ben - his cool head and dedication to only stopping when he hit the top was the recipe for success. Congratulations! See you all next year for more dice-rolling escapades.

You may agree with Harald Henning who says of Can't Stop players: "They need mental help." This includes the GM. As such, I graphed the spread of the winning numbers. It was a good year for the even numbers, especially those ever-probable 6's and 8's, despite gameboard compensation for probability. If some stats guru looking to overload on numbers wants to see the real numbers, shoot me an email .

Adam Wojtaszczyk's dad is up past his bedtime.

James Kramer and Curt Collins don't wanna stop.
 GM      Rebecca Hebner [2nd year]  NA   NA 

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