Amateur dealmakers are hoping to roll it rich at the national Monopoly championships in Montreal as they vie for a spot at the world competition that could land them the game’s whole bank.
The top player at the end of the three-day tournament, which is being held from Thursday to Saturday at the Montreal Science Centre, wins $15,000 and a spot at the world championships, which will be held in Las Vegas in October.
To be selected to play in the Canadian competition, the contestants had to showcase their knowledge of Monopoly in an online quiz where they needed to answer 80 per cent of the questions correctly.
The first 48 players to achieve the score were invited to Montreal.
Among the competitors is Toronto realtor Richard Kim.
“I buy and sell houses in play Monopoly and buy and sell houses in real life,” Kim said.
Competition judge Phil Orbanes said the game isn’t about lucky dice rolls that send players onto the coveted Boardwalk spot or to Free Parking, but requires skill.
“Especially negotiating skills,” Orbanes said. “Here at the championship-level play, when the proper strategies are used, you can overcome a reasonable amount of bad luck.
Read the full article “Would-be Monopoly champions gear up to pass go in Montreal” in CBC News (May 29, 2009).
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