1997–98 Pro Tour Season

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1997–98 Pro Tour Season
Player of the Year {USA} Jon Finkel
Rookie of the Year {USA} Randy Buehler
World Champion {USA} Brian Selden
Team Champion {USA} United States
Pro Tours 5
Grands Prix 13
Previous season:
1996–97
Next season:
1998–99

The 1997–98 Pro Tour season was the third Pro Tour season. It started on 30 August 1997 with Grand Prix Toronto, and ended on 16 August 1998 with the conclusion of the 1998 World Championships.

Grand Prix (August–September 1997)[edit | edit source]

GP Toronto

Date: 30–31 August 1997
Format: Block Constructed
Attendance: 169

1-1. {USA} Brian Kibler
2-2. {USA} Erik Lauer
3-4. {CAN} Tony Tsai
3-4. {USA} Matt Place
5-8. {USA} Dan Silberman
5-8. {USA} Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
5-8. {USA} Mike Turian
5-8. {USA} Bruce Cowley

GP Copenhagen

Date: 6–7 September 1997
Format: Block Constructed
Attendance: 278

1-1. {DNK} Karsten Hoppe
2-2. {NOR} Sigurd Eskeland
3-4. {SWE} David Linder
3-4. {SWE} Thomas Lindohf
5-8. {SWE} Kristian Hellman
5-8. {DNK} Jesper Thrane
5-8. {SWE} Martin Jordö
5-8. {SWE} Frederik Thorstensson


Pro Tour Chicago[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pro Tour Chicago 1997

10–12 October 1997 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {USA} Randy Buehler $25,000 32 Pro Tour debut
2 {USA} David Mills $15,000 24 Second Pro Tour Top 8
3 {USA} Jon Finkel $10,000 16
4 {USA} Max Suver $8,000 16
5 {USA} Adrian Sayers $6,500 12
6 {USA} Justin Schneider $5,500 12
7 {USA} Kyle Rose $4,800 12
8 {SWE} Olle Råde $4,300 12 Fourth Pro Tour Top 8

Grand Prix (November 1997)[edit | edit source]

GP Como

Date: 8–9 November 1997
Format: Limited
Attendance: 215

1. {FRA} Michaël Debard
2. {CZE} Lukas Ladra
3. {CHE} Roger Leu
4. {CHE} Michael Suwald
5. {ITA} Luca Chiera
6. {IRL} David Kearney
7. {FRA} Pierre Vandercamere
8. {FRA} Gilles Martinau


Pro Tour Mainz[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pro Tour Mainz 1997

5–7 December 1997 in Mainz, Germany.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {USA} Matt Place $25,000 32 Second Pro Tour Top 8
2 {USA} Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz $15,000 24
3 {DEU} Peer Kröger $10,000 16 Second Pro Tour Top 8
4 {USA} Kurt Burgner $8,000 16
5 {GB-ENG} John Ormerod $6,500 12 First Englishman in a Pro Tour Top 8
6 {USA} Chris Bishop $5,500 12
7 {USA} Mark LePine $4,800 12
8 {ITA} Gabriele Pisicchio $4,300 12 First Italian in a Pro Tour Top 8

Grand Prix (December 1997–February 1998)[edit | edit source]

GP San Francisco

Date: 6–7 December 1997
Format: Extended
Attendance: 205

1. {USA} Robert Swarowski
2. {CAN} Ryan Fuller
3. {USA} Steve Shears
4. {USA} Brett Quorn
5. {USA} Daniel Clegg
6. {USA} Steve Aldrich
7. {USA} Ernest Alexander
8. {USA} Casey McCarrel

GP Madrid

Date: 24–25 January 1998
Format: Extended
Attendance: 311

1. {USA} Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
2. {FRA} Michael Debard
3. {FRA} Jérémie Lagarde
4. {FRA} Herve Drevillon
5. {ESP} Christian Celades
6. {ESP} Omar Saqol
7. {ITA} Gabriele Pisicchio
8. {ESP} Marc Iglesias

GP Rio de Janeiro

Date: 31 January–1 February 1998
Format: Extended
Attendance: 491

1. {USA} Jon Finkel
2. {USA} Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
3. {BRA} Carlos Jeucken
4. {USA} Adam Katz
5. {BRA} Leandro Buck
6. {BRA} Romario Tavora Britto
7. {BRA} Rodrigo Cesar Barbosa
8. {BRA} Julio Cesar Conceicao

GP Lyon

Date: 7–8 February 1998
Format: Extended
Attendance: 461

1. {FRA} Raphaël Lévy
2. {BEL} Kurt Foket
3. {FRA} Manuel Bevand
4. {FRA} Michaël Debard
5. {FRA} Emmanuel Beltrando
6. {FRA} Loïc Degrou
7. {FRA} Nicolas Lacorne
8. {FRA} Laurent Laclaverie

GP Melbourne

Date: 14–15 February 1998
Format: Limited
Attendance: 140

1. {AUS} Philip Davey
2. {AUS} Matt Goodall
3. {AUS} Lenny Collins
4. {AUS} Craig Sheppard
5. {AUS} Daniel Turner
6. {AUS} Adam Kemp
7. {AUS} Kevin Cheng
8. {AUS} Andrew Corney


Pro Tour Los Angeles[edit | edit source]

6–8 March 1998 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {USA} David Price $25,000 32
2 {USA} Ben Rubin $15,000 24 Pro Tour debut
3 {USA} David Bachmann $10,000 16
4 {USA} Adam Katz $8,000 16
5 {USA} Kyle Rose $6,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
6 {CZE} Jakub Slemr $5,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
7 {DNK} Svend Geertsen $4,800 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
8 {USA} Andrew Wolf $4,300 12

Grand Prix (March 1998)[edit | edit source]

GP Stockholm

Date: 21–22 March 1998
Format: Limited
Attendance: 282

1. {SWE} Olle Råde
2. {FIN} Tuomo Nieminen
3. {SWE} Johan Franzen
4. {NOR} Jan Pieter Groenhof
5. {FRA} Manuel Bevand
6. {FIN} Viktor Forsman
7. {NOR} Ole Bergesen
8. {NOR} Sigurd Eskeland


Pro Tour New York[edit | edit source]

17–19 April 1998 in New York, United States.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {USA} Jon Finkel $25,000 32 Second Pro Tour Top 8
2 {USA} Dominic Crapuchettes $15,000 24
3 {USA} John Chinnock $10,000 16 Third Pro Tour Top 8
4 {USA} David Bachmann $8,000 16 Second Pro Tour Top 8
5 {USA} Truc Bui $6,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
6 {USA} Nate Clark $5,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
7 {USA} Mark Justice $4,800 12 Fourth Pro Tour Top 8
8 {USA} Casey McCarrel $4,300 12

Grand Prix (March–June 1998)[edit | edit source]

GP Atlanta

Date: 27–28 March 1998
Format: Limited
Attendance: 334

1. {USA} Randy Buehler
2. {USA} Bob Coonce
3. {USA} David Mills
4. {USA} Derek Rank
5. {USA} Patrick Callahan
6. {USA} Ray Deguzman
7. {USA} Nate Clark
8. {USA} Chris Donahue

GP Antwerp

Date: 25–26 April 1998
Format: Limited
Attendance: 331

1. {DEU} Stephan Valkyser
2. {CZE} Lukas Ladra
3. {USA} Brian Hacker
4. {FRA} Michael Sochon
5. {USA} Randy Buehler
6. {DEU} Timo Meimberg
7. {DEU} Peer Kröger
8. {FRA} Michaël Debard

GP Zürich

Date: 30–31 May 1998
Format: Limited
Attendance: 357

1. {USA} Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
2. {USA} Rudy Edwards
3. {FRA} Michaël Debard
4. {CHE} Alexander Blumke
5. {DEU} Janosch Kühn
6. {USA} Jon Finkel
7. {DEU} Marcel Baran
8. {DEU} Michael Huth

GP Indianapolis

Date: 27–28 June 1998
Format: Limited
Attendance: 310

1. {USA} Eric Jordan
2. {USA} Koby Kennison
3. {USA} Michael Chiumento
4. {USA} Worth Wollpert
5. {USA} Randy Buehler
6. {USA} Michael Katz
7. {USA} Ryan Joe
8. {USA} Darwin Kastle


1998 World Championships[edit | edit source]

12–16 August 1998 in Seattle, Washington, United States.

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {USA} Brian Selden $34,000 32 Pro Tour debut
2 {USA} Ben Rubin $22,000 24 Second Pro Tour Top 8
3 {USA} Jon Finkel $16,000 16 Third Pro Tour Top 8
4 {FRA} Raphaël Lévy $13,000 16
5 {USA} Scott Johns $11,000 12 Fourth Pro Tour Top 8
6 {USA} Chris Pikula $9,500 12 Third Pro Tour Top 8
7 {USA} Brian Hacker $8,250 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
8 {USA} Alan Comer $7,250 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8

Team competition[edit | edit source]

Place Country Player Prize Pro Points
1 {USA} United States Matt Linde $5,500 5
Mike Long $5,500 5
Bryce Currence $5,500 5
Jon Finkel $5,500 5
2 {FRA} France Pierre Malherbaud $3,000 4
Manuel Bevand $3,000 4
Marc Hernandez $3,000 4
Fabien Demazeau $3,000 4