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1998–99 Pro Tour Season

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1998–99 Pro Tour Season
Player of the Year {DEU} Kai Budde
Rookie of the Year {DEU} Dirk Baberowski
World Champion {DEU} Kai Budde
Team Champion {USA} United States
Pro Tours 5
Grand Prix 14
Previous season:
1997–98
Next season:
1999–00

The 1998–99 Pro Tour season was the fourth Pro Tour season. It started on 5 September 1998 with Grand Prix Boston, and ended on 8 August 1999 with the conclusion of the 1999 World Championships.

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

GP Boston

Date: 5–6 September 1998
Format: Standard
Attendance: 314

1. {USA} Jon Finkel
2. {USA} Randy Buehler
3. {USA} Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
4. {USA} Zvi Mowshowitz
5. {USA} Darwin Kastle
6. {USA} Mike Bregoli
7. {USA} Dave Beury
8. {USA} Ben Farkas

GP Lisbon

Date: 12–13 September 1998
Format: Standard
Attendance: 544

1. {PRT} Bruno Cardoso
2. {USA} Brian Hacker
3. {USA} Randy Buehler
4. {PRT} Helder Coelho
5. {BEL} Jean-Louis D'Hondt
6. {FRA} Laurent Pagorek
7. {FRA} Alexis Dumay
8. {PRT} Jorge Martins


Pro Tour Chicago[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pro Tour Chicago 1998

25–27 September 1998 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {DEU} Dirk Baberowski $25,000 32 Pro Tour debut
2 {USA} Casey McCarrel $15,000 24 Second Pro Tour Top 8
3 {CAN} Jeff Fung $10,000 16
4 {AUT} Benedikt Klauser $8,000 16 First Austrian in a Pro Tour Top 8
5 {USA} Jon Finkel $6,500 12 Fourth Pro Tour Top 8
6 {CAN} Ryan Fuller $5,500 12
7 {SWE} Martin Cedercrantz $4,800 12
8 {BEL} Dominique Coene $4,300 12

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

GP Austin

Date: 10–11 October 1998
Format: Standard
Attendance: 213

1. {CAN} Gary Krakower
2. {USA} Darwin Kastle
3. {USA} Heath Kennel
4. {USA} Trey Van Cleave
5. {USA} Jeremy Baca
6. {USA} Tony Tsai
7. {USA} Sid Rao
8. {USA} Jonathan Pechon

GP Birmingham

Date: 17–18 October 1998
Format: Block Constructed
Attendance: 346

1. {GB-ENG} Craig Jones
2. {DEU} Kai Budde
3. {USA} Darwin Kastle
4. {GB-ENG} Neil Rigby
5. {FIN} Arho Toikka
6. {GB-ENG} Warren Marsh
7. {SWE} Andreas Jonsson
8. {BEL} Jean-Louis D'Hondt


Pro Tour Rome[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pro Tour Rome 1998

13–15 November 1998 in Rome, Italy.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {FIN} Tommi Hovi $25,000 32 Third Pro Tour Top 8, second Pro Tour win
2 {FRA} Nicolas Labarre $15,000 24
3 {USA} Mark LePine $10,000 16 Second Pro Tour Top 8
4 {ITA} Federico Dato $8,000 16
5 {SWE} Olle Råde $6,500 12 Fifth Pro Tour Top 8
6 {USA} Justin Gary $5,500 12
7 {USA} Erik Lauer $4,800 12
8 {DEU} André Konstanczer $4,300 12

Grand Prix (December 1998–February 1999)[edit | edit source]

GP Manila

Date: 12–13 December 1998
Format: Limited
Attendance: 647

1. {JPN} Toshiki Tsukamoto
2. {PHL} Scion Raguindin
3. {PHL} Josua Rivera
4. {PHL} Leo Gonzales
5. {PHL} Rozano Yu
6. {PHL} Francis Robert Profeta
7. {PHL} GeeVee Vegara
8. {JPN} Itaru Ishida

GP Kyoto

Date: 16–17 January 1999
Format: Limited
Attendance: 375

1. {JPN} Yoshikazu Ishii
2. {JPN} Hiroshi Watanabe
3. {JPN} Masami Ibamoto
4. {JPN} Tsuyoshi Fujita
5. {JPN} Tadayoshi Komiya
6. {JPN} Hirobumi Nakamura
7. {JPN} Hideaki Amano
8. {JPN} Eisaku Sueyoshi

GP San Francisco

Date: 23–24 January 1999
Format: Limited
Attendance: 324

1. {USA} Trey Van Cleave
2. {USA} Mark Schick
3. {USA} John Yoo
4. {USA} Alan Comer
5. {USA} Mike Craig
6. {USA} Shawn Keller
7. {USA} Hashim Bello
8. {USA} Shawn Roush

GP Barcelona

Date: 6–7 February 1999
Format: Limited
Attendance: 407

1. {DEU} Kai Budde
2. {USA} Alex Shvartsman
3. {ESP} Roc Herms
4. {FRA} Raphaël Lévy
5. {GB-ENG} Daniel Nuttal
6. {NLD} Matt Henstra
7. {FRA} Laurent Laclavie
8. {GB-ENG} Gordon Benson


Pro Tour Los Angeles[edit | edit source]

26–28 February 1999 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {USA} Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz $25,000 32 Second Pro Tour Top 8
2 {USA} Jon Finkel $15,000 24 Fifth Pro Tour Top 8
3 {USA} Worth Wollpert $10,000 16
4 {CAN} Terry Lau $8,000 16
5 {FRA} Lucien Bui $6,500 12
6 {USA} Patrick Chapin $5,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
7 {DNK} Svend Geertsen $4,800 12 Third Pro Tour Top 8
8 {USA} Mike Long $4,300 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8

Grand Prix (March–April 1999)[edit | edit source]

GP Vienna

Date: 13–14 March 1999
Format: Extended
Attendance: 367

1. {DEU} Kai Budde
2. {AUT} Christian Gregorich
3. {USA} Jon Finkel
4. {USA} Erik Lauer
5. {USA} Randy Buehler
6. {CZE} Jakub Slemr
7. {DEU} Dirk Hein
8. {DEU} Peer Kröger

GP Kansas City

Date: 27–28 March 1999
Format: Extended
Attendance: 458

1. {USA} Mark Gordon
2. {USA} Chris Pikula
3. {USA} Bob Maher, Jr.
4. {USA} Scott Seville
5. {USA} Jon Finkel
6. {USA} Lan D. Ho
7. {USA} Randy Buehler
8. {CAN} Vincent Johnson

GP Oslo

Date: 10–11 April 1999
Format: Limited
Attendance: 346

1. {DEU} Jim Herold
2. {FIN} Mikko Lintamo
3. {NOR} Christer Ljones
4. {NOR} Bjørn Ove Leknes Skogseth
5. {FIN} Seppo Toikka
6. {USA} Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
7. {DEU} André Konstanczer
8. {FIN} Jonathan Brown

GP Taipei

Date: 24–25 April 1999
Format: Limited
Attendance: 194

1. {JPN} Kenichi Fujita
2. {JPN} Iwao Takemasa
3. {USA} Tobey Tamber
4. {JPN} Itaru Ishida
5. {HKG} Chi Fai Ng
6. {HKG} Kai Cheog Tang
7. {USA} Alex Shvartsman
8. {TWN} Miller Tsai


Pro Tour New York[edit | edit source]

30 April–2 May 1999 in New York, United States.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {USA} Casey McCarrel $25,000 32 Third Pro Tour Top 8
2 {USA} Shawn Keller $15,000 24
3 {USA} Zvi Mowshowitz $10,000 16
4 {USA} David Humpherys $8,000 16
5 {USA} Rob Dougherty $6,500 12
6 {DEU} Christian Lührs $5,500 12
7 {FRA} Nicolas Labarre $4,800 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
8 {CAN} Terry Tsang $4,300 12

Grand Prix (May–June 1999)[edit | edit source]

GP Amsterdam

Date: 15–16 May 1999
Format: Limited
Attendance: 600

1. {DEU} Kai Budde
2. {DEU} Dirk Baberowski
3. {DEU} André Konstanczer
4. {ITA} Guido Pacifici
5. {NLD} Bram Snepvangers
6. {DEU} Janosch Kühn
7. {DEU} Daniel Steinsdorfer
8. {BEL} Vincent Gieling

GP Washington, D.C.

Date: 19–20 June 1999
Format: Limited
Attendance: 434

1. {USA} Ben Farkas
2. {USA} Chris Pikula
3. {USA} Noah Weil
4. {USA} Zvi Mowshowitz
5. {USA} Mike Turian
6. {USA} Scott McCord
7. {USA} Mark LePine
8. {USA} Dennis Bentley


1999 World Championships[edit | edit source]

4–8 August 1999 in Tokyo, Japan.

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {DEU} Kai Budde $34,000 32
2 {USA} Mark LePine $22,000 24 Third Pro Tour Top 8
3 {ITA} Raffaele Lo Moro $16,000 16
4 {USA} Matt Linde $13,000 16
5 {CZE} Jakub Slemr $11,000 12 Third Pro Tour Top 8
6 {USA} Jamie Parke $9,500 12
7 {CAN} Gary Wise $8,250 12
8 {NOR} Nicolai Herzog $7,250 12

Team competition[edit | edit source]

Place Country Player Prize Pro Points
1 {USA} United States Kyle Rose $5,500 5
John Hunka $5,500 5
Zvi Mowshowitz $5,500 5
Charles Kornblith $5,500 5
2 {DEU} Germany Marco Blume $3,000 4
Patrick Mello $3,000 4
David Brucker $3,000 4
Rosario Maij $3,000 4