win, place & show [Updated August 2000]

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Ken Gutermuth, GA

2000 Champion

2nd: Gerald Lientz, VA

3rd: Stuart Tucker, MD

4th: Charles Ellsworth, NY

5th: Bruce Reiff, OH

6th: Jim Bell, MD
Event History
1991    None      -
1992    None      -
1993    Stephen Kershaw      10
1994    Stuart Tucker      20
1995    Dennis Nicholson      29
1996    Bruce Reiff      17
1997    John Coussis      15
1998    Bruce Reiff      14
1999    Bruce Reiff     31
2000    Ken Gutermuth     26
AREA Ratings
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Race, Bet & Scheme

There were five tables in the first round leading to a five-player final. The former champions were placed at seperate tables and an attempt was made to distribute evenly the number of neophytes. As it happened, though, I was put at a table with four
"first-time" tournament entrants. As my first round game played out, I began to realize that one of my opponents knew the game quite well and how to maximize his betting chances. However, I, like many other veterans, had little trouble playing it safe and winning over $100,000 and a place in the second (final) round--as we feared no race-tampering by the newcomers.

At one of the tables, an unusual incident occurred, involving an aspect of game-teaching and good sportsmanship. Consequently, the GM asked the five table winners if they'd allow a sixth player into the final (all agreed).

The final resembled a reunion. Long-time aspirants, Ken Gutermuth, Gerald Lientz and Jim Bell joined former champions Bruce Reiff and Stuart Tucker. Veteran Charles Ellsworth rounded out the very competitive field. Not trusting his fellow jockeys and owners to run totally clean races, Stuart Tucker bet lightly on the Daily Double, while the veterans spread their money around in the usual "good bet" places. The First Race, however, was anything but "normal," as five of the six horses had rough trips. Tucker owned one of the favorites and managed (accidentally) to get her tangled up right out of the starting gate, ruining his first $15,000 of bets. A very unusual winner in this First Race wiped clean everybody's Daily Double bets
as well ("thank you for playing" became a common phrase this game). After two races, half the finalists were digging deep into their pockets looking for more betting money, while a few had managed to break even. After three races, Ellsworth and Lientz appeared to be in the lead, with Tucker hot on their heels. Meanwhile, Reiff and Bell were struggling and Gutermuth was practically bankrupt. Sticking to his own handicapping advice, Tucker chose not to bet on the tough-to-predict Fourth Race, placing him in good stead against his nearest competition, who all lost money in the race. However, the emerging story was Gutermuth's ability to parlay his last dollars into a far-fetched ownership victory in the Fourth Race, giving him enough seed money to bet in the Fifth Race.

Tuckers' racing strategy skillfully kept the often-bet long-shot from winning the Fifth Race, while banking a good amount himself (and probably taking a slight lead in the game). However, it was Gutermuth who again rode another long-shot to victory and earned enough from his bets to remain a contender, at least mathematically. Tucker pondered not betting any of his $66,000 in the Sixth, but decided that he couldn't bear the ridicule that would accompany a defeat at the hands of his favorite bet, Mona Lisa. Lientz and Ellsworth owned lesser horses, but also bet among the favorites. Reiff and Bell failed to pick the race correctly. In the end, the Sixth came down to some trouble in the turn for Mona Lisa, dropping her from second to fourth, while the 10-1 Captain Ahab benefitted from incredible Bonus numbers to win the race and propel Ken Gutermuth from last to first, ending with $84,000 to win his first Win, Place & Show Wood. Lientz, Tucker and Ellsworth all ended with slightly above $50,000. Tucker walked away shaking his head once again over how not betting in the Sixth would have left him with the second place plaque and but a single Bonus die roll away from owning the Wood. This makes three years in a row Tucker has been close enough to smell the Wood going out the door.

There was some side discussion of returning to the twelve-player final format of 1999, on the theory that at least it was fun for more people to be in the final, even if that format is a bear to win.

 GM      Ken Whitesell  [1st Year]   NA 
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