1998–99 Pro Tour Season

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1998–99 Pro Tour Season
Player of the Year Germany.png Kai Budde
Rookie of the Year Germany.png Dirk Baberowski
World Champion Germany.png Kai Budde
Pro Tours 5
Grand Prix events 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 GP Lisbon
 Date: 5–6 September 1998  Date: 12–13 September 1998
 Format: Standard  Format: Standard
 Attendance: 314  Attendance: 544
 1. United States.png Jon Finkel  1. Portugal.png Bruno Cardoso
 2. United States.png Randy Buehler  2. United States.png Brian Hacker
 3. United States.png Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz  3. United States.png Randy Buehler
 4. United States.png Zvi Mowshowitz  4. Portugal.png Helder Coelho
 5. United States.png Darwin Kastle  5. Belgium.png Jean-Louis D'Hondt
 6. United States.png Mike Bregoli  6. France.png Laurent Pagorek
 7. United States.png Dave Beury  7. France.png Alexis Dumay
 8. United States.png Ben Farkas  8. Portugal.png 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 Germany.png Dirk Baberowski $25,000 32 Pro Tour debut
2 United States.png Casey McCarrel $15,000 24 Second Pro Tour Top 8
3 Canada.png Jeff Fung $10,000 16
4 Austria.png Benedikt Klauser $8,000 16 First Austrian in a Pro Tour Top 8
5 United States.png Jon Finkel $6,500 12 Fourth Pro Tour Top 8
6 Canada.png Ryan Fuller $5,500 12
7 Sweden.png Martin Cedercrantz $4,800 12
8 Belgium.png Dominique Coene $4,300 12

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

GP Austin GP Birmingham
 Date: 10–11 October 1998  Date: 17–18 October 1998
 Format: Standard  Format: Block Constructed
 Attendance: 213  Attendance: 346
 1. Canada.png Gary Krakower  1. England.png Craig Jones
 2. United States.png Darwin Kastle  2. Germany.png Kai Budde
 3. United States.png Heath Kennel  3. United States.png Darwin Kastle
 4. United States.png Trey Van Cleave  4. England.png Neil Rigby
 5. United States.png Jeremy Baca  5. Finland.png Arho Toikka
 6. United States.png Tony Tsai  6. England.png Warren Marsh
 7. United States.png Sid Rao  7. Sweden.png Andreas Jonsson
 8. United States.png Jonathan Pechon  8. Belgium.png 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 Finland.png Tommi Hovi $25,000 32 Third Pro Tour Top 8, second Pro Tour win
2 France.png Nicolas Labarre $15,000 24
3 United States.png Mark LePine $10,000 16 Second Pro Tour Top 8
4 Italy.png Federico Dato $8,000 16
5 Sweden.png Olle Råde $6,500 12 Fifth Pro Tour Top 8
6 United States.png Justin Gary $5,500 12
7 United States.png Erik Lauer $4,800 12
8 Germany.png André Konstanczer $4,300 12

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

GP Manila GP Kyoto GP San Francisco GP Barcelona
 Date: 12–13 December 1998  Date: 16–17 January 1999  Date: 23–24 January 1999  Date: 6–7 February 1999
 Format: Limited  Format: Limited  Format: Limited  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 647  Attendance: 375  Attendance: 324  Attendance: 407
 1. Japan.png Toshiki Tsukamoto  1. Japan.png Yoshikazu Ishii  1. United States.png Trey Van Cleave  1. Germany.png Kai Budde
 2. Philippines.png Scion Raguindin  2. Japan.png Hiroshi Watanabe  2. United States.png Mark Schick  2. United States.png Alex Shvartsman
 3. Philippines.png Josua Rivera  3. Japan.png Masami Ibamoto  3. United States.png John Yoo  3. Spain.png Roc Herms
 4. Philippines.png Leo Gonzales  4. Japan.png Tsuyoshi Fujita  4. United States.png Alan Comer  4. France.png Raphaël Lévy
 5. Philippines.png Rozano Yu  5. Japan.png Tadayoshi Komiya  5. United States.png Mike Craig  5. England.png Daniel Nuttal
 6. Philippines.png Francis Robert Profeta  6. Japan.png Hirobumi Nakamura  6. United States.png Shawn Keller  6. Netherlands.png Matt Henstra
 7. Philippines.png GeeVee Vegara  7. Japan.png Hideaki Amano  7. United States.png Hashim Bello  7. France.png Laurent Laclavie
 8. Japan.png Itaru Ishida  8. Japan.png Eisaku Sueyoshi  8. United States.png Shawn Roush  8. England.png 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 United States.png Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz $25,000 32 Second Pro Tour Top 8
2 United States.png Jon Finkel $15,000 24 Fifth Pro Tour Top 8
3 United States.png Worth Wollpert $10,000 16
4 Canada.png Terry Lau $8,000 16
5 France.png Lucien Bui $6,500 12
6 United States.png Patrick Chapin $5,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
7 Denmark.png Svend Geertsen $4,800 12 Third Pro Tour Top 8
8 United States.png Mike Long $4,300 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8

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

GP Vienna GP Kansas City GP Oslo GP Taipei
 Date: 13–14 March 1999  Date: 27–28 March 1999  Date: 10–11 April 1999  Date: 24–25 April 1999
 Format: Extended  Format: Extended  Format: Limited  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 367  Attendance: 458  Attendance: 346  Attendance: 194
 1. Germany.png Kai Budde  1. United States.png Mark Gordon  1. Germany.png Jim Herold  1. Japan.png Kenichi Fujita
 2. Austria.png Christian Gregorich  2. United States.png Chris Pikula  2. Finland.png Mikko Lintamo  2. Japan.png Iwao Takemasa
 3. United States.png Jon Finkel  3. United States.png Bob Maher, Jr.  3. Norway.png Christer Ljones  3. United States.png Tobey Tamber
 4. United States.png Erik Lauer  4. United States.png Scott Seville  4. Norway.png Bjørn Ove Leknes Skogseth  4. Japan.png Itaru Ishida
 5. United States.png Randy Buehler  5. United States.png Jon Finkel  5. Finland.png Seppo Toikka  5. Hong Kong.png Chi Fai Ng
 6. Czech Republic.png Jakub Slemr  6. United States.png Lan D. Ho  6. United States.png Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz  6. Hong Kong.png Kai Cheog Tang
 7. Germany.png Dirk Hein  7. United States.png Randy Buehler  7. Germany.png André Konstanczer  7. United States.png Alex Shvartsman
 8. Germany.png Peer Kröger  8. Canada.png Vincent Johnson  8. Finland.png Jonathan Brown  8. Taiwan.png 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 United States.png Casey McCarrel $25,000 32 Third Pro Tour Top 8
2 United States.png Shawn Keller $15,000 24
3 United States.png Zvi Mowshowitz $10,000 16
4 United States.png David Humpherys $8,000 16
5 United States.png Rob Dougherty $6,500 12
6 Germany.png Christian Lührs $5,500 12
7 France.png Nicolas Labarre $4,800 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
8 Canada.png Terry Tsang $4,300 12

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

GP Amsterdam GP Washington, D.C.
 Date: 15–16 May 1999  Date: 19–20 June 1999
 Format: Limited  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 600  Attendance: 434
 1. Germany.png Kai Budde  1. United States.png Ben Farkas
 2. Germany.png Dirk Baberowski  2. United States.png Chris Pikula
 3. Germany.png André Konstanczer  3. United States.png Noah Weil
 4. Italy.png Guido Pacifici  4. United States.png Zvi Mowshowitz
 5. Netherlands.png Bram Snepvangers  5. United States.png Mike Turian
 6. Germany.png Janosch Kühn  6. United States.png Scott McCord
 7. Germany.png Daniel Steinsdorfer  7. United States.png Mark LePine
 8. Belgium.png Vincent Gieling  8. United States.png 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 Germany.png Kai Budde $34,000 32
2 United States.png Mark LePine $22,000 24 Third Pro Tour Top 8
3 Italy.png Raffaele Lo Moro $16,000 16
4 United States.png Matt Linde $13,000 16
5 Czech Republic.png Jakub Slemr $11,000 12 Third Pro Tour Top 8
6 United States.png Jamie Parke $9,500 12
7 Canada.png Gary Wise $8,250 12
8 Norway.png Nicolai Herzog $7,250 12

Team competition[edit | edit source]

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