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El Segundo, Calif.  (March 15, 2016) – Hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Duelists battled it out this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada to participate in the second North American Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES of 2016.  While all played hard, only two Duelists earned the coveted YCS Las Vegas Champion title: Adam Belohradsky in the Main Event and Tyler Hanson in the Dragon Duel tournament.

During this two-day premier level event hosted in the desert oasis, presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), players of every age and ability showed off their impressive Dueling skills round after round. However, it was Belohradsky from Fullerton, CA that excelled during the tournament with his Performapals Deck and Dueled his way into Sunday’s Single Elimination. Then, after several rounds of Single Elimination, it came down to a back-and-forth playoff with Manuel Lopez from Mission Viejo, CA also playing a Performapals Deck.

In addition to the title of YCS Champion, Belohradsky returned home with a stellar set of prizes that included a YCS Championship Trophy, an Ultra Rare YCS Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn Prize Card, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and an invitation and paid travel to his 2016 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) tournament!

The Dragon Duel Championship, an event for Duelists born in 2003 or later, was no less exciting as Benbrook, Texas’ Hanson used his Sealed Deck then switched to his own Monarch Deck in the finals.  He had all the right moves to beat Jordan Kaufman from Las Vegas, who played an Evilswarm Deck in their head-to-head playoff.  Hanson picked up some great prizes too, including a Dragon Duel Championship trophy, a 2016 Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel Medal, a Dragon Duel T-shirt, a Super Rare set of the YCS Darklord Prize Cards, and an invitation to the 2016 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier tournament at his/her WCQ.

Duelists can watch a new episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Sunday on Nicktoons - check local listings for times. In addition, all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s can be seen on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.



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 HOLDINGS CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.



Media Contacts:

Fernando Bustamante
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

Don Williams
Williams Group Public Relations
(760) 707-4589 


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