Pokémon Announces Diamond & Pearl—Great Encounters Prerelease Tournaments

Local Players to Participate in Exclusive Card Expansion Preview Tournament

BELLEVUE, Wash. – January 9, 2008 – Pokémon USA, Inc., a worldwide leader in the trading card game industry, today announced their upcoming Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) Diamond & Pearl—Great Encounters Prerelease tournaments. Prerelease tournaments provide players their first opportunity to preview and play with not-yet released cards from the upcoming Diamond & Pearl—Great Encounters expansion, in stores February 13. The Pokémon TCG Prerelease tournaments will be held during the weekends of February 2 & 3 and February 9 & 10.

Players are divided into three categories: Junior Division (Born 1997 or later), Senior Division (Born in 1993, 1994, 1995, or 1996), and Masters Division (Born in 1992 or earlier). An admission fee is charged at the door and varies depending on tournament location. The entry fee includes six booster packs of the Pokémon TCG Diamond & Pearl—Great Encounters, from which each player will build his or her deck. Players may keep these cards at the end of the event. Participation prizes are awarded to all finishers.

WHO: Pokémon TCG players and the public

WHAT: Pokémon TCG Diamond & Pearl—Great Encounters Prerelease tournament

WHEN: February 2 & 3 and February 9 & 10, 2008

WHERE: Cities all across the U.S.

For more information, please visit http://www.go-pokemon.com/.

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