After three hard-fought days of Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) battles the weekend of July 9-10 at the 2011 Pokémon U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis, IN, Juan Pablo Arenas of Palmetto Bay was the U.S. Pokémon TCG third place finalist, earning an invitation with paid travel and accommodations to the 2011 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships, Aug. 12–14, in San Diego, CA.
The national tournament drew more than 1,500 Pokémon TCG players, family, and fans from across the U.S.
The 2011 Pokémon U.S. National Championships ended with 24 Pokémon TCG players, divided equally into three divisions — the Junior Division (born in 2000 or later), the Senior Division (born in 1996–99), and the Masters Division (born in 1995 or earlier) — and each earning guaranteed spots in the Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships where they will compete against some of the best Pokémon TCG players from around the world.
To qualify for the invitation-only Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships in San Diego, players participated in qualifying tournaments throughout the Play! Pokémon season, like the U.S. National Championships, or achieved a high Premier Ranking. The Pokémon U.S. National and World Championships are premier events managed by The Pokémon Company International.
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