TRI-STATE AREA REGIONAL VIDEO GAME WINNERS HEADING TO 2011 POKÉMON VIDEO GAME NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

It was a record-setting day at the 2011 Pokémon Video Game East Regional Championships held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. A most-ever 1,439 people competed in the season’s final regional event for the right to qualify for the 2011 Pokémon Video Game National Championships, which take place July 8-10 in Indianapolis, IN. After hours of intense competition against some of the area’s best Pokémon video game players, 16 players from three different age divisions – Junior, Senior and Masters – used remarkable skill and strategy to nab the invitations to Nationals. These players will now head to Indianapolis to battle against some of the best Pokémonvideo game players from across the country with an eye toward advancing to the 2011 Pokémon Video Game World Championships this August in San Diego, CA.

A list of the top four winners in order of finish in each division includes:

  JUNIOR DIVISION   

1st place- Kuber Sethi (Age 10)  
East Brunswick, NJ

2nd place- Alto Kominami (Age 9)  
Toronto, ON

3rd place- Patrick Merklee (Age 11)
Wanaque, NJ

4th place- Aidan Amog (Age 11)  
Brooklyn, NY

SENIOR DIVISION
1st place- Jonathan Hiller (Age 12)  
Parkesburg, PA

2nd place- Jenny Berman (Age 15)  
Jericho, NY

3rd place- Kristian Paolo Bautista Mosquito (Age 15)  
Queens, NY

4th place- Jeremy Gumbs (Age 13)  
Lawrence, NY

MASTERS DIVISION
1st place- Mitchell Horning (Age 18)  
Reisterstown, MD

2nd place- Christina Bacino (Age 18)  
Union, NJ

3rd place- Nickolai Lewis (Age 21)  
Brooklyn, NY

4th place- Nicholas Chinman (Age 19) 
Queens, NY

These Pokémon champs join other Pokémon video game players competing in Regional competitions in six cities throughout the U.S. for a chance to battle at the National Championships. The list of cities hosting 2011 Pokémon Regional video game tournaments includes:

May 14-Seattle, WA
May 21-San Jose, CA
May 28-Dallas, TX
June 4-Atlanta, GA
June 11-Washington, D.C.
June 18-Secaucus, NJ
July 8-Indianapolis, IN *
*Last Chance Qualifier for Nationals

It is not necessary to win a Regional Championship event to attend the National Championships, so even players who haven’t participated in a Regional tournament are welcome to travel to Indianapolis to play in the Last Chance Qualifier July 8 at the Indiana Convention Center for a chance to compete in the National Championships that weekend. The top eight Pokémon Trainers in each division at the National Championships will earn an invitation to the ultimate stage-the 2011 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in San Diego on August 12-14.  Players at the World Championships have a chance to win international travel packages, trophies, and special Pokémon prize packages.

For more information about the Pokémon Video Game Championship series, including rules, tournament locations, dates and times, prizes, and more please visit www.pokemon.com/vgc.

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