Nimble Thimble’s game for world Monopoly champs
Geoff Christopher might collect more than $200 when he passes go at the national Monopoly championships next weekend.
If he can beat his three opponents and advance to the world Monopoly championships in Las Vegas, he could win US$20,000.
“But I won’t hold my breath,” he laughs.
The 25-year-old Grey Lynn resident works in risk management and has played Monopoly since he was five, usually winning against his two brothers.
Mr Christopher, aka the Nimble Thimble, says he doesn’t practise much but managed to beat 19 other Monopoly enthusiasts to win the Auckland regional Monopoly finals in February.
“The game depends on luck and strategy. At the regional competition we had to come up with a Monopolythemed name. My flatmate suggested the Battling Battleship but I went with the Nimble Thimble.”
At the upcoming national competition, one entrant is a wild card who will compete because they have purchased a Monopoly game.
“They would be a true wild card if they could win it,” says Mr Christopher.
A new speed dice has also been introduced to quicken play but he says a lot of players hadn’t thought about how they could utilise it.
Monopoly national brand manager Stephen Imm says the new dice has added a lot to game play.
“It means properties are purchased quickly and in tournament play it has enabled it to run smoother. It adds a lot more fun and requires extra skill, making the game run for about an hour and a half.”
Despite this being the 13th Monopoly competition, Mr Imm says it is still not well known because it only happens every four years.
“In New Zealand it hasn’t been as big.”
Steve Newson came fourth in the Auckland regional competition and says Mr Christopher is a clever player but also lucky.
“I made an error when I was buying houses that I think cost me the game,” says Mr Newson.
He says it is a cut-throat competition: “We all like to win.”
Mr Newson says the speed dice means it is easier for a player to get caught on two sets of the same colour.
In 1980 he progressed to the world champs in Bermuda where he came seventh.
Money, money, money: Geoff Christopher gets ready for the National Monopoly Championships next weekend.