Making His Mark

by Jake Jacobs
10 July 2012

Jake Jacobs

Phil Simborg, who conducted it, calls it a Peoria Auction. I call it a Chinese Menu Auction. I'm pretty sure the Peorians call it a Peoria Auction, while Chinese restaurant owners, if you asked what they call it, would say: "Wo buzhidao!" I guess we will have to go with the majority; from now on it will be a Peoria Auction.

The Peoria Auction features columns of players, and the bidders choose one from Column A, and one from Column B. Except this time there were a couple of twists. The LA Open drew sixty-one players, and nineteen of those were assigned to Column A, forty-two to Column B. Bidders chose one from Column A, and two from Column B.

I see a hand in the back. Yes, you are correct. If you choose nineteen groups of three you have four players left over. I'll get to that in a second.

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