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AMERICAN AND CANADIAN EXPERTS TO VIE FOR $25,000 TOP PRIZE AT WORLD SCRABBLE® CHAMPIONSHIP
LAS VEGAS, NV -- It's a game of letters, but numbers tell the story for World SCRABBLE® Championship (WSC) finalists Brian Cappelletto, 32, an options trader from Chicago, IL and Joel Wapnick, 55, a music professor from Montreal, Canada. Nearly 90 experts from 40 countries played 24 rounds at The Venetian Hotel over three intense days, hoping to win the $25,000 top prize and bragging rights among the world's 35,000 tournament players. Cappelletto, a former National Champion, finished with a record of 18-6, +921. Defending World Champion Joel Wapnick was 17-7, +1006.
The experts will face-off in a best-of-five final tomorrow starting at 9 A.M. An award ceremony and presentation of a giant $25,000 check follows. "Cappelletto and Wapnick are seasoned experts, and we're in for a heated match tomorrow," said National SCRABBLE® Association Executive Director John D. Williams Jr.
Williams noted that impressive finishes by Nigeria, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Singapore illustrate how many countries are climbing up the SCRABBLE® competitive ranks. All players compete in English although for many it's their second or third language. Experts traveled from as far as Japan, Oman and Cameroon.
Some of the unusual words played today include: KAE (small species of crow with grayish neck), COTELINE (a kind of muslin), ZO (hybrid of domestic cattle) and QIVIUT (wool of the undercoat of the arctic musk-ox).
The WSC is organized by the NSA of Greenport, NY, and sponsored by game manufacturer Hasbro, Inc. Live online coverage on www.scrabble-assoc.com.
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