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May 11, 2012 > Fremont resident earns trip to national Pokemon tournament

Fremont resident earns trip to national Pokemon tournament

Submitted By Dominique L'Eplattenier

Gerardo Gonzalez emerged as champion after clinching first place in the Pokemon Video Game Junior Division at the 2012 Pokemon Spring Regional Championships held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. One of only eight Spring Regional Championship events taking place April 14 and 15 in North America, the tournament showcased strategy, sportsmanship, and fun of competitive Pokemon TCG and video game players around the world.

As the Pokemon community of competitors, fans, and family cheered, Gonzalez earned a Travel Award to this June's 2012 Pokemon U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he will compete for an invitation to the 2012 Pokemon World Championships to be held this August in Hawaii. U.S. competitors advancing to the World Championships will compete against elite players from more than 25 countries, including Japan, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain.

"The Pokemon Regional Championships brought out a passionate community of Pokemon players and fans from around the region," said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokemon Company International. "Thank you to everyone who came out to support all of the Pokemon players, and we congratulate the winners who will now advance to the Pokemon U.S. National Championships."

Play! Pokemon competitors are divided equally into three divisions: Junior Division (born in 2001 or later), Senior Division (born in 1997-2000), and Masters Division (born in 1996 or earlier).

Competitors are encouraged to visit to learn more about the 2011-2012 Play! Pokemon Premier Event Series, including rules, regulations, prizes, and future tournament locations, dates, and times.

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