News Media Coverage: Pokemon City Championships (Belleville and La Crosse)!
The Belleville News-Democrat wrote an article on the Pokemon City Championships held at Belleville, Illinois:
Do You Pokemon? - Belleville News-Democrat
Jeffrey hasn't decided whether he's going to enter the first-ever Belleville Pokemon Trading Card Game City Championships on Saturday.
The competition will be held at Fantasy Books in Belleville, where his brother, Mike Byrd, works as a store clerk. Winners in three age divisions could go on to compete at state, regional, national and world events.
"In this industry, it's a big deal," said Byrd, 31, of Belleville. "Anyone who's serious about playing should come up and try it."
Competitors will include a 10-year-old St. Louis boy who became national champion last year. He won a $5,000 scholarship, plasma TV set, custom game system and free trip for him and his parents to Anaheim, Calif., where the world championship was held.
- To read the full article, go here: Do You Pokemon?
Also in the news recently, The Journal Times have an article on the Pokemon City Championships held at La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Creatures and Friends Come Together Over Game of Cards - The Journal Times
In Pokemon, whether you win depends on what you do, what your opponent does, and the luck of the draw. It is complex, said Troy Lesky, 36, who came from La Crosse for the tournament with his son, Mike. He started playing after his children became interested in the game. He would give them cards as rewards for completing household chores.
"About three years ago we started attending a league in La Crosse. It’s pretty much no looking back once you get into it. You’re pretty much hooked."
"We travel all over the Midwest. We go to nationals every year in Columbus, Ohio."
And there’s money. The reward for winning at the worlds is a $7,500 scholarship and a trip to next year’s worlds. This year they’ll be in Hawaii, which is why Lesky and his son came to Racine. One of the ways to qualify is to accumulate points.
- To read the full article, go here: Creatures and Friends Come Together Over Game of Cards
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