Nicoló Falcone of Italy Defeats Defending Champion Bjørn Halvard Knappskog of Norway to Win 2015 Monopoly World Championship!

Falcone Becomes Second Italian MONOPOLY World Champion, Wins $20,580

MACAO, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After ten hours of property space purchases, paying rent, and passing
GO, Nicolò Falcone of Venice, Italy defeated 27 fellow competitive
MONOPOLY players to win the 2015 MONOPOLY World Championship and take
home the grand prize of $20,580, the equivalent of the “bank” in a
standard MONOPOLY game. The 2015 World Championship gathered players
from several nations around the world, including France, Peru, the
United Kingdom, New Zealand, the United States, and Mexico to The
Venetian® Macao, China.

The intense final game pitted Falcone against Tsutomu Doita of Japan,
Brian Valentine of the United States, and reigning MONOPOLY World
Champion, Bjørn Halvard Knappskog of Norway. After several masterful
plays by the table, including a multi-player trade that secured each
player his own property color set, Doita, who played as the top hat
token, was the first to become bankrupt, followed by Valentine, who
played as the battleship. Falcone, playing as the racecar and owning the
orange property set, and Knappskog, playing as the thimble token and
owning the green property set, battled head-to-head before Knappskog
landed on two orange property spaces in succession and had to pay a
fateful amount of rent to Falcone that he inevitably couldn’t recover
from and led him to bankruptcy.

Falcone has been playing the MONOPOLY game for 26 years and won his spot
in the MONOPOLY World Championship by winning the 2015 MONOPOLY
tournament in Italy. He now follows in the footsteps of several notable
MONOPOLY Champions, including Lee Bayrd, the first-ever MONOPOLY World
Champion who took home the prize in 1973 and was in attendance to cheer
on and offer advice to players at this year’s MONOPOLY World

“We are thrilled to celebrate the MONOPOLY brand’s 80th
anniversary by gathering players from around the world for the 2015
MONOPOLY World Championship,” said Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice
president of global marketing, Hasbro Gaming. “This group of competitive
MONOPOLY players brought true dedication and talent to the game,
especially the winner Nicolò Falcone whose winning strategy and
technique helped pave his way to victory.”

The first MONOPOLY World Championship tournament took place at
Grossinger’s Resort in New York in 1973. Since that time, 13 MONOPOLY
tycoons have earned the title of World Champion, hailing from United
States, Ireland, Singapore, Italy, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Japan,
Netherlands, Hong Kong and Spain. The 2015 MONOPOLY World Championship
was sponsored by The Venetian Macao, which is celebrating its 8th
anniversary this year. The event was organized by FM Event Limited and
supported by the Macao Government Tourist Office and Aristo Securities

The MONOPOLY brand will also celebrate its anniversary with the new
MONOPOLY HERE & NOW: World Edition and U.S. Edition games, on shelves
this fall. Earlier this year, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) teamed up with
BuzzFeed for the MONPOLY HERE & NOW property space vote, letting fans
pick the cities from around the world that are featured on the two new

The MONOPOLY brand is the world’s favorite family game brand and the
game has been played by more than one billion people in 114 countries
around the world. Whether fans play face-to-face, online or on their
mobile or console devices, there is a MONOPOLY experience to fit every
lifestyle. Learn more about the MONOPOLY brand at
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