And you thought the Masters at Augusta was riveting competitive titillation! On this sopping Tax Day, roll through Union Station between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and witness the 2009 Monopoly U.S. National Championship. Twenty-eight of the nation’s best monopoly players will face off for a chance to win $20,580 — the exact total amount of a Monopoly bank (before your brother stole those 50s, that is…).
The winner of today’s Championship will represent the U.S. in the World Championships in October in Las Vegas. U.S. has not seen a world champion since 1974. The last World Champion, Spain’s Antonio Fernandez reigned victorious in Tokyo in 2004.
The finalists for today’s matchup were singled out after taking an online quiz. Those who scored 80% on the online quiz were then invited to answer five essay questions, which were scored by a panel of judges. My question is: how has this tournament not become a ESPN8 sleeper TV hit?
UPDATE: I have been informed that there is a guy dressed up as the Monopoly Man “officiating” the matches. See picture above!