Natalie Fitzsimons from Saintfield, Northern Ireland, was crowned the Monopoly UK and Ireland Champion at the national final on Sunday evening at the Shard.
Natalie beat 11 other finalists to win the adult title and will be representing the UK and Ireland at the Monopoly World Championships in China in September.
She beat her husband in the heats and won an hour and a half-long final against three opponents. Natalie knocked out the first two finalists with a combination of train stations and yellow properties. The second placed finalist, Oli Martin, was then bankrupted after landing on two of Natalie’s yellow properties in a row, handing her the championship.
Natalie said: “I’m ecstatic to have won and so surprised. I didn’t think I’d even beat my husband in the heats, let alone win the whole thing. This was the first time I’ve ever played Monopoly in a competitive environment and it was certainly pretty tense at times. I’ve always played with friends and family over the years so have collected a few top tips by playing them but at the end of the day you’ve got to hope the dice is on your side.”
Adult and junior players from across the UK and Ireland competed in regional heats throughout June and July on a specially designed Monopoly bus, 12 adult and 12 junior winners went on to compete in the grand final on Sunday at The Shard.
Natalie will face 24 other nations at the Monopoly World Championships. The winner will take home $20,580, the amount of money included in a set of Monopoly.