The thirteenth US MONOPOLY Championship was held April 14-15, 2009, in Washington, D.C. Richard Marinaccio of Buffalo, New York, bested the field of 28 finalists. Rick's prize for winning the US Championship was $20,580 - the amount of money included in the game's bank since 2008. He also won a trip to the World Championship in Las Vegas in October 2009 and a miniature version of the 2009 World Championship trophy.
To qualify for the 2009 US Championship, you had to complete an online multiple-choice quiz (a score of 80% or better was required to advance); followed by an online five-question essay test; followed by a two-game online tournament at Pogo.com. The process was to have produced a field of 23 plus one: Matt McNally, the 2003 national champion, who received an automatic entrance to the Championship in DC. However, at the end of the online Pogo.com tournament, there was an eleven-way tie for the last six spots. The decision was made to invite all of those who had tied for said spots. In fact, two of those who had tied and would have otherwise been eliminated, Dale Crabtree of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Brandon Baker, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, played in the final game of the US Championship and finished third and fourth respectively.
Additional players who made it to the Pogo.com Semifinals were: