1997–98 Pro Tour Season

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1997–98 Pro Tour Season
Player of the Year United States.png Jon Finkel
Rookie of the Year United States.png Randy Buehler
World Champion United States.png Brian Selden
Pro Tours 5
Grand Prix events 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 GP Copenhagen
 Date: 30–31 August 1997  Date: 6–7 September 1997
 Format: Block Constructed  Format: Block Constructed
 Attendance: 169  Attendance: 278
 1. United States.png Brian Kibler  1. Denmark.png Karsten Hoppe
 2. United States.png Erik Lauer  2. Norway.png Sigurd Eskeland
 3. Canada.png Tony Tsai  3. Sweden.png David Linder
 3. United States.png Matt Place  3. Sweden.png Thomas Lindohf
 5. United States.png Dan Silberman  5. Sweden.png Kristian Hellman
 5. United States.png Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz  5. Denmark.png Jesper Thrane
 5. United States.png Mike Turian  5. Sweden.png Martin Jordö
 5. United States.png Bruce Cowley  5. Sweden.png 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 United States.png Randy Buehler $25,000 32 Pro Tour debut
2 United States.png David Mills $15,000 24 Second Pro Tour Top 8
3 United States.png Jon Finkel $10,000 16
4 United States.png Max Suver $8,000 16
5 United States.png Adrian Sayers $6,500 12
6 United States.png Justin Schneider $5,500 12
7 United States.png Kyle Rose $4,800 12
8 Sweden.png 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. France.png Michaël Debard
 2. Czech Republic.png Lukas Ladra
 3. Switzerland.png Roger Leu
 4. Switzerland.png Michael Suwald
 5. Italy.png Luca Chiera
 6. Ireland.png David Kearney
 7. France.png Pierre Vandercamere
 8. France.png 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 United States.png Matt Place $25,000 32 Second Pro Tour Top 8
2 United States.png Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz $15,000 24
3 Germany.png Peer Kröger $10,000 16 Second Pro Tour Top 8
4 United States.png Kurt Burgner $8,000 16
5 England.png John Ormerod $6,500 12 First Englishman in a Pro Tour Top 8
6 United States.png Chris Bishop $5,500 12
7 United States.png Mark LePine $4,800 12
8 Italy.png 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 GP Madrid GP Rio de Janeiro
 Date: 6–7 December 1997  Date: 24–25 January 1998  Date: 31 January–1 February 1998
 Format: Extended  Format: Extended  Format: Extended
 Attendance: 205  Attendance: 311  Attendance: 491
 1. United States.png Robert Swarowski  1. United States.png Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz  1. United States.png Jon Finkel
 2. Canada.png Ryan Fuller  2. France.png Michael Debard  2. United States.png Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
 3. United States.png Steve Shears  3. France.png Jérémie Lagarde  3. Brazil.png Carlos Jeucken
 4. United States.png Brett Quorn  4. France.png Herve Drevillon  4. United States.png Adam Katz
 5. United States.png Daniel Clegg  5. Spain.png Christian Celades  5. Brazil.png Leandro Buck
 6. United States.png Steve Aldrich  6. Spain.png Omar Saqol  6. Brazil.png Romario Tavora Britto
 7. United States.png Ernest Alexander  7. Italy.png Gabriele Pisicchio  7. Brazil.png Rodrigo Cesar Barbosa
 8. United States.png Casey McCarrel  8. Spain.png Marc Iglesias  8. Brazil.png Julio Cesar Conceicao
GP Lyon GP Melbourne
 Date: 7–8 February 1998  Date: 14–15 February 1998
 Format: Extended  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 461  Attendance: 140
 1. France.png Raphaël Lévy  1. Australia.png Philip Davey
 2. Belgium.png Kurt Foket  2. Australia.png Matt Goodall
 3. France.png Manuel Bevand  3. Australia.png Lenny Collins
 4. France.png Michaël Debard  4. Australia.png Craig Sheppard
 5. France.png Emmanuel Beltrando  5. Australia.png Daniel Turner
 6. France.png Loïc Degrou  6. Australia.png Adam Kemp
 7. France.png Nicolas Lacorne  7. Australia.png Kevin Cheng
 8. France.png Laurent Laclaverie  8. Australia.png 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 United States.png David Price $25,000 32
2 United States.png Ben Rubin $15,000 24 Pro Tour debut
3 United States.png David Bachmann $10,000 16
4 United States.png Adam Katz $8,000 16
5 United States.png Kyle Rose $6,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
6 Czech Republic.png Jakub Slemr $5,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
7 Denmark.png Svend Geertsen $4,800 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
8 United States.png Andrew Wolf $4,300 12

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

GP Stockholm
 Date: 21–22 March 1998
 Format: Limited
 Attendance: 282
 1. Sweden.png Olle Råde
 2. Finland.png Tuomo Nieminen
 3. Sweden.png Johan Franzen
 4. Norway.png Jan Pieter Groenhof
 5. France.png Manuel Bevand
 6. Finland.png Viktor Forsman
 7. Norway.png Ole Bergesen
 8. Norway.png 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 United States.png Jon Finkel $25,000 32 Second Pro Tour Top 8
2 United States.png Dominic Crapuchettes $15,000 24
3 United States.png John Chinnock $10,000 16 Third Pro Tour Top 8
4 United States.png David Bachmann $8,000 16 Second Pro Tour Top 8
5 United States.png Truc Bui $6,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
6 United States.png Nate Clark $5,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
7 United States.png Mark Justice $4,800 12 Fourth Pro Tour Top 8
8 United States.png Casey McCarrel $4,300 12

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

GP Atlanta GP Antwerp GP Zürich GP Indianapolis
 Date: 27–28 March 1998  Date: 25–26 April 1998  Date: 30–31 May 1998  Date: 27–28 June 1998
 Format: Limited  Format: Limited  Format: Limited  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 334  Attendance: 331  Attendance: 357  Attendance: 310
 1. United States.png Randy Buehler  1. Germany.png Stephan Valkyser  1. United States.png Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz  1. United States.png Eric Jordan
 2. United States.png Bob Coonce  2. Czech Republic.png Lukas Ladra  2. United States.png Rudy Edwards  2. United States.png Koby Kennison
 3. United States.png David Mills  3. United States.png Brian Hacker  3. France.png Michaël Debard  3. United States.png Michael Chiumento
 4. United States.png Derek Rank  4. France.png Michael Sochon  4. Switzerland.png Alexander Blumke  4. United States.png Worth Wollpert
 5. United States.png Patrick Callahan  5. United States.png Randy Buehler  5. Germany.png Janosch Kühn  5. United States.png Randy Buehler
 6. United States.png Ray Deguzman  6. Germany.png Timo Meimberg  6. United States.png Jon Finkel  6. United States.png Michael Katz
 7. United States.png Nate Clark  7. Germany.png Peer Kröger  7. Germany.png Marcel Baran  7. United States.png Ryan Joe
 8. United States.png Chris Donahue  8. France.png Michaël Debard  8. Germany.png Michael Huth  8. United States.png 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 United States.png Brian Selden $34,000 32 Pro Tour debut
2 United States.png Ben Rubin $22,000 24 Second Pro Tour Top 8
3 United States.png Jon Finkel $16,000 16 Third Pro Tour Top 8
4 France.png Raphaël Lévy $13,000 16
5 United States.png Scott Johns $11,000 12 Fourth Pro Tour Top 8
6 United States.png Chris Pikula $9,500 12 Third Pro Tour Top 8
7 United States.png Brian Hacker $8,250 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
8 United States.png Alan Comer $7,250 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8

Team competition[edit | edit source]

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