Pro Tour Philadelphia Sponsorship Results

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Head Judge
Michael Guptil, United States, Level - 5

Sponsored Judges
Alejandro Raggio, Argentina, Level – 2
Alfonso Bueno, Spain, Level - 3
Christopher Richter, United States, Level - 3
Claire Williams, England, Level - 2
David Gallien, France, Level - 2
David Vogin, France, Level - 4
Eric Shukan, United States, Level - 2
Jaap Brouwer, Netherlands, Level - 5
Justus Rönnau, Germany, Level - 3
Lubos Lauer, Czech Republic, Level - 3
Mark Comey, Canada, Level - 2
Michael King, United States, Level - 3
Rafael Dei Svaldi, Brazil, Level - 3
Riccardo Tessitori, Italy, Level - 3
Richard Glasner, Slovak Republic, Level - 2
Sheldon Menery, United States, Level - 4
Takeshi Miyasaka, Japan, Level - 3
Toby Elliott, United States, Level - 3
Wearn Chong, Malaysia, Level - 3
Yoshiya Shindo, Japan, Level - 3
Daniel Wong, United States, Level - 2

Partial-Sponsored Judges
Dorian Redburn, United States, Level - 3
Jeremy Smith, United States, Level - 2
John Alderfer, United States, Level - 2
Kendall Redburn, United States, Level - 2
Lee McLain, United States, Level - 3
Lee Sharpe, United States, Level - 3
Scott Lelivelt, United States, Level - 3

Volunteer Judges
Duncan McGregor, Canada, Level - 3
Lloyd Dodson, United States, Level - 2
Miki Urban, United States, Level - 2
Paul Morris, United States, Level - 2
Sean Marotta, United States, Level - 2
Rune Horvik, Norway, Level - 5

A large number of judges applied for sponsorship (three times the number accepted), but only a limited amount could be selected based on our budget. If you were not selected, it's not because you weren't qualified, but because we can only accept a small fraction of the applicants.

If you are still planning on attending this event and would like to judge voluntarily to gain more experience, please email DCI Judge Certification at

Some of the criteria that were used to decide which judges were selected include:

Testing – We try to administer judge certification test to an individual and will bring them to an event to take the test. This usually occurs with level 3 candidates, but may also occur with level 4 candidates. We can only test a limited number of candidates, so we can't take everyone who desires too.

Language - At certain events, we need bilingual judges. All judges must speak English fluently. You have a slightly higher chance of being accepted if you are fluent in a second language that we particularly need for an event.

Level - We need a certain percentage of judges of each certification level. Level 1 judges are not sponsored for Pro Tour events, but may volunteer in side events. Volunteers should contact rather than simply showing up onsite.

Region - In order to support judging in certain regions of the world, we select judges from those regions to attend a high-level event and gain experience.

Age - Judges under 18 years old will not be selected for liability reasons.

History - If a judge has performed exceptionally well at previous events, they stand a better chance of being brought to another event. If a candidate has performed poorly, this may negatively affect their chance of being brought to another event.
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