Canada searches for its national MONOPOLY champion



    
    National finalists battle it out at day two of the Canadian MONOPOLY
    Championships
    

    MONTREAL, May 29 /CNW Telbec/ - If you've ever advanced to 'Boardwalk,'
taken a ride on the 'Reading,' or breathed a sigh of relief landing on 'Free
Parking,' you know the emotional ups and downs of making a deal and owning it
all while playing the world's most popular board game, MONOPOLY. Now, the hunt
is on to find Canada's best dealmaker!
    The 2009 MONOPOLY Canadian Championships is taking place at the Montréal
Science Centre from May 28 to 30, 2009. The top player will earn the
prestigious title of MONOPOLY Canadian Champion, $15,000, and the honor of
representing the country at the 13th MONOPOLY World Championships in the
'Entertainment Capital of the World,' Las Vegas, in October 2009.
    Montreal is playing host to this exciting tournament as Montrealers have
shown their support for the beloved board game. In a global vote, Montrealers
helped their city win the coveted position of Boardwalk on the new MONOPOLY
Here & Now: The World Edition game board by voting in unprecedented numbers.
Now they can cheer on Canada's best dealmakers as they vie for the title of
2009 MONOPOLY Canadian Champion.
    The MONOPOLY World Championships invites national champions from more
than 40 countries to compete for MONOPOLY glory and a prize pot of $20,580 USD
- equivalent to the total amount of cash in a standard game. The first
MONOPOLY World Championships took place in Washington, D.C., in 1973.
    Since then, 12 MONOPOLY tycoons have earned the title of World Champion.
World Champions have come from 10 different countries, including Spain, Italy,
Japan, Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. The last champion,
Antonio Fernandez of Spain, earned the title in 2004 at the World Championship
in Tokyo.
    For the first time in tournament history, players in the 2009 MONOPOLY
Canadian Championship tournament are playing with the MONOPOLY speed die, a
new die now included with the traditional game that increases the pace of game
play. Players will continue the tradition of competing on the classic MONOPOLY
game board based on the streets of Atlantic City, from Mediterranean Avenue to
Boardwalk.
    To be selected as a finalist, contestants had to showcase their knowledge
of all-things MONOPOLY by scoring 80% or better on an online quiz. The first
46 players to achieve this score were invited to play in the 2009 MONOPOLY
Canadian Championships in Montreal which began on May 28, 2009.
    The national champion will win a trip to the MONOPOLY World Championships
in Las Vegas in October 2009(*).
    For more information on the 2009 MONOPOLY Canadian Championships, log on
to monopolycanada.ca

    
    (*) Trip subject to terms and conditions of the tournament.
    

    About MONOPOLY

    Since 1935, more than 250 million copies of MONOPOLY have been sold in
105 countries and 39 languages. More than 200 different editions of the game
have been published, but the most popular continues to be the classic "Number
Nine." Affectionately known by its original product number, "Number Nine" is
based on the streets of Atlantic City and is nearly identical to Charles
Darrow's original submission to Parker Brothers. The MONOPOLY name and logo,
the distinctive design of the game board, the four corner squares, the MR.
MONOPOLY name and the character, as well as each of the distinctive elements
of the board and playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro for its property
trading game and game equipment. (C) 2009 Hasbro, All Rights Reserved.

    About HASBRO

    Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:  HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family
leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and
entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most
recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a
brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range
of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and
digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA,
MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see
how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. (C) 2009
Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.





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For further information: Mariane Leduc, Edelman, (514) 717-7324,
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