Collecting by another name ...
Auction remains remarkably consistent year after year.
It's becoming a regular subset club within the whole of the WBC
club. It didn't disappoint again this year drawing it's customary
low 40's. This is one Euro game that has survived the ravages
of time. It does so well do to the quick play and highly interactive
nature of the game. More than half of this year's participants
In the Wednesday mulligan round Jeff Mullet defeated last
year's champ David Brooks on the strength of Queen Anne and Miniatures.
Phil Yanov -- a first timer from the Greenville Mafia -- held
on to the win as the cards were gone and the rich collector paid
him a visit to collect his jewelry. Vassili Kyrkus used coins,
figurines and cash to score the exact $7500 needed to win and
advance. Perennial contender Andy Gardener, taking a break from
his naval gaming activities, used Queen Anne Furniture, cash
and the force to defeat another perennial contender Luke Koleszar
and the long lost Luke Kratz. Welcome back to the Kratz clan!
Former champ Arthur Field used figurines and a lot of cash to
defeat another Kratz -- Cathy -- and the better third of the
Bernard clan -- Beth. Beth was married the week before the WBC
and told her new husband I'll see you in a week! Congratulations
Beth and keep your priorities straight!!!! GM Bruce Reiff used
Queen Anne and miniatures to defeat his nemesis "Little"
Lisa Gutermuth and move on. And in the last heat of the day,
Ray Stakenas II took out a pair of Cabbies for the price of one
beating both former champ Bud Sauer and Natey Boy Hoam.
The regular 1st round on Wednesday brought back 11 mulligan
round participants and 17 new contenders for seven boards. Keith
Schoose used this to his best advantage to advance. Luke Koleszar
was second with a high enough total to make the semis as well.
Defending champ David Brooks also availed himself of the opportunity
to advance. Jonathan Lockwood used his strong second place to
make the semis also. Cabbie Mike Zehnal's week peaked early as
he managed to win a game and make the semis. Sadly for Mike it
was the last game he won during the week. Ben Shanks used the
lessen he got on Wednesday night from three-time champ Reiff
to good use and took Queen Anne furniture to advance to put Bud
Sauer out of the tourney for good. Reiko Brooks, wife of the
defending champ, had the highest score of the tournament - $10,800
-- while running roughshod over her board. Charles Davis won
his board (but elected not to advance) while former champ Ken
Gutermuth squeaked in on the strength of his second place finish.
Alan Kaiser "Wilhelm", a first time CABS attendee managed
the low score of the tournament - $960. Alan, how does one do
so badly???? Finally young Alex Bell beat a loaded field of Davyd
Field, Kevin Wojtaszczkk and Natey Boy Hoam. This would start
the streak of Natey being defeated by minors. All of this set
up the following semi finals:
The Suzy Q Board -- Ben Shanks, Alex Bell, Vassili Kyrkos
and Ray Stakenas II. Ray used Glassware, Sterling and cash to
make the final with Ben Shanks a close second.
The Cupcake Table -- Mike Zehnal, Luke Koleszar, Jon Lockwood
and Andy Gardner. Andy dominated with Rare Miscellany and Tapestries.
John Lockwood was a strong second and Luke third. Zehnal managed
to make all of $70 for the game. Nice one Mike.
The Apple Pie Table -- Reiko Brooks, Keith Schoose, David
Brooks and Jeff Mullet. Jeff dominated the cash early and had
Books and Tapestry as well to run away with it. And the defending
champ was out.
The Shark Tank, and Phil -- Poor Phil Yanov. He drew the
short stick getting stuck with Reiff, Arthur Field and Ken Gutermuth.
When the game looked like it would end by running out of cards,
Ken made the first move and established a $5060 position. Reiff
saw that and made his move but the bank unfortunately refused
to pay for his rare miscellany and allowed Arthur to buy it.
Reiff was left with $5520 and Arthur a set and the win. Phil
cruised along in 4th with a total of $4470 and was just glad
to not have lost any fingers or toes. Ken and Bruce were just
disappointed that they had let Arthur advance.
The final was held early Saturday morning. Ray Stakenas II
dominated with $8100, Jeff Mullet pulled a Mullet and finished
second with $4650. Andy Gardener was third with $3200 and Arthur
Field just looked confused with $3190. So we welcome Ray into
the elite circle of Auction champions. The special gold
key and directions to the champions lounge will be in the mail
to you. See you all next year. And remember to vote Auction
back in again next year!