23 Oct 2009

NZ's 'Nimble Thimble' second at Monopoly champs

7:31 pm on 23 October 2009

Accumulate, negotiate and dominate - that's the strategy New Zealander Geoff Christopher has used to come second in the World Monopoly Championships in Las Vegas.

The 25-year-old risk analyst from Auckland, also known as the "Nimble Thimble", was competing in the final round against 41 national champions at Caesars Palace casino.

Mr Christopher saw off a challenge from Russia and the United States, before going bankrupt and handing the title to Norway's Bjorn Knappskog.

The championships have a prize pool of more than $US20,000 - the equivalent of the entire cash reserves in the Monopoly bank.