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Pokémon tourney set Nov. 29 in Kennewick

Pokémon fans are invited to test their skill and creativity at an upcoming tournament.

The Trading Card Game tournament registration starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 29 at the main branch of the Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick.

Competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior Division (born in 1998 or later), Senior Division (born in 1994-97), and Masters Division (born in 1993 or earlier). Prizes are awarded to the top four in each division.

Before each tournament, players strategically build 60-card decks, said J.C. Smith, director of marketing for Pokémon USA in Bellevue.

"You find a lot of families that play together and test decks on each other," he said, adding that it's strategic enough that parents enjoy playing too.

Some kids are so excited about Pokémon that they learn to read just so they can play the game, Smith said.

Rounds of play usually last about 15 minutes.

First place winners will receive 18 booster packs and a championship medal. Other placeholders also will be awarded booster packs.

Players also can receive premiere rating points that could provide them with future invitations to other tournaments.

Tournaments are free and open to all players regardless of previous participation.

For more information, visit www.go-pokemon.com/op/premierevents/championshipseries.

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