Go directly to Tokyo, collect €7,000

AFTER a 12-year gap, Anthony Redmond, from Swords, Co Dublin, is the All-Ireland Monopoly champion.

“I’m really delighted,” said the 36-year-old civil servant, who knocked out the 2003 champion Ekundayo Badmus in Saturday’s decider at Dublin’s Liffey Valley shopping centre.

As well as winning €7,000, Anthony will join winners from more than 30 countries in Tokyo for the world championship on October 7-11.

“Practice? I took a set of monopoly down last week for the first time in a few years.

“I played with my wife Melanie and 10-year-old son Andrew. It was a proper game of monopoly - and I was first out, followed by my wife. Andrew won. He actually wasn’t let win, he won,” said Anthony.

All the family, including Jennifer, nine, and Rachel, six, just knew Anthony was heading for victory after he won his first table on Saturday quite easily.

They kept telling him: “We know you’re going to Tokyo.”

“They were over-confident - kids always want their daddy to win,” said Anthony.

Since Monopoly’s launch in 1935, more than 200 million copies have been sold in 80 countries.

In Waterford’s Hasbro plant, 1.5 million game boards are made and exported to Europe each year.

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