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Italy's Nicolò Falcone scooped the grand prize of $20,580, the equivalent of the bank in a standard Monopoly game.

Hasbro crowns 2015 Monopoly World Champion

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.

Falcone scooped 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 and the final game pitted Falcone against Tsutomu Doita of Japan, Brian Valentine of the United States, and reigning World Champion, Bjørn Halvard Knappskog of Norway.

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 an amount of rent to Falcone that led him to bankruptcy.

“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.”

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