Canada crowns a MONOPOLY Champion - Will Lusby of Ottawa Claims the Title of 2009 MONOPOLY Canadian Champion

    MONTREAL, May 30 /CNW Telbec/ - After three days of intense dice rolling
and deal making, Will Lusby of Ottawa proved his MONOPOLY might and was named
the 2009 MONOPOLY Canadian Champion.
    Defeating 47 other MONOPOLY enthusiasts, Will rose to the top of the
tournament that took place at the Montréal Science Centre. He wins the
prestigious title of MONOPOLY Canadian Champion, $15,000, and the honour of
representing Canada at the 13th MONOPOLY World Championships in the
'Entertainment Capital of the World,' Las Vegas in October 2009.
    'I have played and loved MONOPOLY for years, so winning the title of
Canadian Champion is an incredible honour,' said Will from Ottawa. 'I'm
thrilled to represent Canada at the MONOPOLY World Championships and will do
everything I can to bring the title home, where it belongs.'
    Will added "a winning strategy to improve your position in the game is to
quickly accept that you must improve an opponent by an equal amount in most
trades. Trading is critical to success, and this philosophy, helped me make it
to the final".
    The tournament kicked off on May 28th with 48 finalists of varying
MONOPOLY backgrounds and experiences representing provinces across the nation.
Each player participated in three preliminary rounds and the four players with
the highest points competed in the grand finals on May 30th.
    For the first time in tournament history, players used the MONOPOLY speed
die, the new die now included in the traditional MONOPOLY game to increase the
pace of game play. The players continued the tradition of competing on the
classic MONOPOLY game board based on the streets of Atlantic City, from
Mediterranean Avenue to Boardwalk.
    The MONOPOLY World Championship invites national champions from more than
40 countries to compete for MONOPOLY glory and a prize 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 hailed 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.

    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,
how we inspire play through our brands at (C) 2009
Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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