Konami Digital Entertainment Heralds Tyree Tinsley at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Held in Providence, Rhode Island

Konami Digital Entertainment Heralds Tyree Tinsley at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Held in Providence, Rhode Island

(June 21, 2011) – As expected, nearly 750 Duelists from around the country gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center this past weekend to participate in Konami Digital Entertainment's (Konami) premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG) event, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS). Among the hundreds gathered, only one prevailed as Champion, Tyree Tinsley.

Knowing that it was to be the last YCS leading up to July's 2011 Yu-Gi-Oh! North American World Championship Qualifier, the tournament got intense early on with expert and novice Duelists all playing with their “A” game. But it was Tinsley that remained judicious, playing smart and savvy during the preliminary rounds that earned him a spot at the final table versus Reinaldo Lainez in the Championship Match on Sunday.

After weeks of diligent Deck preparation, fine-tuning strategies and, with Saturday's hard fought Preliminary Rounds complete, the final head-to-head competition began as both Duelists came prepared to win it all. Richmond, Virginia's Tinsley was confident that his Tengu Synchro Deck was formidable enough to answer anything that Quincy, Massachusetts' Lainez would dish out with his Infernity Deck.

The hall, abuzz minutes earlier, was hushed as the two contenders shook hands before the Match. Lainez's Infernity Deck was running hot all weekend, churning out win after win, but in the end the wheels came off of his combo-heavy Deck and Tyree Tinsley claimed a swift 2-0 victory.

Tyree's win earned him a fantastic prize package that included a set of Ultra Rare YCS Prize Cards, an exclusive YCS Game Mat, a netbook computer, a paid trip to his 2011 World Championship Qualifier, and more!

Each Saturday morning in the United States Duelists can catch TV episodes of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, along with the new Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's series, on TheCW4Kids block. For more information on Konami, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series or the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps. Duelists with well-constructed Decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.


KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI's software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.

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