Pittsburgh Tourney Part 3: The Conclusion @ 06:16 pm
Sunday Morning - I woke up at the hotel around 8:20 for 9:00 games and took a quick shower, then packed up all my stuff and headed to the lobby. I saw a breakfast buffet and just grabbed a small plate of eggs and sausage and fruit, plus a cup of coffee and some nasty watered down OJ. Had I known I would get charged for it, I would have taken a bit more! (but not any more of the OJ, ugh) What happened to complimentary breakfasts?
I went into the playing room and set up my laptop at the challenge station. I checked the results again, just to see if they had changed since last night. Nope, I was still looking okay at 5-3 +122. My goal was to win all 4 games; I thought that would give me the best shot at winning the whole thing. Then again, my goal is always to win every game, so this was not a new thought process for me. However, I sometimes get dejected if I don't achieve this goal, so this time I also vowed to persist no matter what happened. Enough emotional bullshit, let's get to the games, shall we?
Round 9 vs. Ken Dutch
W 458 – 325
Mine: (E)STERASE 66, P(R)ODUCER 76 ; QZSSS?? ; 55 tiles
Theirs: NEUT(R)ALS 60 ; JKXS ; 45 tiles
Missed bingos: none
6 – 3 + 245
Round 10 vs. Steve Grob
L 389 – 418
Mine: IMPORTE(D) 78, ISOLEAD 79 ; JQXSS ; 51 tiles
Theirs: DEFAU(L)Ts 94, LOANERS 62 ; KZSS?? ; 49 tiles
Missed bingos: none
6 – 4 + 216
Round 11 vs. Paul Epstein
W 406 – 381
Mine: LORRIEs 69, (S)TRAFINg 83 ; KXZSS?? ; 52 tiles
Theirs: (E)IDOLONS 86 ; JQSS ; 48 tiles
Missed bingos: ERRaBLE 75
7 – 4 + 241
At this point, Paul and I realized we'd most likely play again unless somebody got a huge win. Nobody did, and there was a glut of players at 7-4, with Paul leading in spread. Basically, I needed to win. If someone won big and I won small, I could lose on spread, but I couldn't think about that; I just needed to ensure the win.
At this point, Paul and I realized we'd most likely play again unless somebody got a huge win. Nobody did, and there was a glut of players at 7-4, with Paul leading in spread. Basically, I needed to win. If someone won big and I won small, I could lose on spread,
but I couldn't think about that; I just needed to ensure the win.
Round 12 vs. Paul Epstein
W 400 – 293
Mine: SONLIkE 80 ; KQXSSS? ; 56 tiles
Theirs: F(E)NEStRA 74 ; JZS? ; 44 tiles
Missed bingos: BREVETE(D) 848 – 4 + 348
| ||Valid, challenged||Phoney, unchallenged||Phoney, challenged|
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Final Result: 8 - 4 +348, 1st place out of 14, seeded 7th.
Rating goes from 1576 to 1616.
I once again remain the highest-rated Brendan and the highest-rated Sullivan!
I also became $400 richer (profit over entry fee). In celebration, I bought a new TV.
Overall tournament stats:
Average score: 414.4 - 384.6
21 bingos for me vs. 20 bingos for them
Average # of tiles seen by me: 51.2
Power tiles seen: 6/12 Js, 5/12 Ks, 7/12 Qs, 5/12 Xs, 5/12 Zs, 23/48 Ss, 13/24 ?s = 48.5% total