Welcome!

News Feed Item

Phillips Lytle LLP Attorney, Richard J. Marinaccio, The Reigning U.S. MONOPOLY Champion, Urges Fans Of The Venerable Board Game To Keep The "Thimble" In Play

The Buffalo lawyer reacts to toymaker Hasbro's January 9 announcement it will replace one of the current game pieces with a new token based on a world-wide popularity vote

BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Richard J. Marinaccio, an attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP, one of the region's best known law firms, is putting on his MONOPOLY top hat as the venerable game's U.S. champion, to defend the game piece that made him America's MONOPOLY king.  Mr. Marinaccio, 30, of Amherst, is calling on fans of the board game to give a "Thumbs Up for the Thimble."

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130111/NY41151)

"My favorite token is the thimble.  It was the token I used to win the U.S. Championship.  It seems as though competitors favored the dog, racecar, and top hat, so I thought the thimble was a token I could make my own," Mr. Marinaccio said.

Hasbro, Inc., maker of the classic board game which dates back to 1935, announced January 9 it will eliminate one of the eight current game pieces and replace it with one of five new tokens.  The Rhode Island-based toymaker is conducting a world-wide game piece vote via Facebook (www.facebook.com/Monopoly).

The existing token which garners the least votes will "Go Directly to Jail" and be banished from the board forever.  Meanwhile, the most popular of the five new game pieces will have the right to buy up the beloved board game's real estate, transportation lines and utilities.

Mr. Marinaccio is urging MONOPOLY players to protect the "thimble" from extinction.

"Initially, I was sad to hear that one of the classic MONOPOLY tokens would be replaced.  Some of these tokens have been around since the beginning and memories are often tied to a certain token," Mr. Marinaccio said. 

In addition to the thimble, which has been on the board since the game's debut, the current roster of MONOPOLY tokens includes:  a battleship, iron, racecar, shoe and top hat, all original game pieces.  The Scottie dog and wheelbarrow were introduced in the 1950s.

The rocking horse, purse, lantern, and horse and rider were previously retired.

The line-up of potential replacements includes:  a cat, diamond ring, guitar, toy robot and helicopter.

"The tokens are one of the most iconic parts of the MONOPOLY game, and we know that people are emotionally tied to their favorite one," said Eric Nyman, Senior Vice President and Global Brand Leader, Hasbro Gaming. "When we decided to replace one of the tokens in the game, we knew we had to involve our fans in the process. We can't wait to see which iconic piece will "go to jail" and which new token the fans will choose to become part of one of the world's most popular games."

Voting continues through February 5 via the MONOPOLY Facebook page and the winning and losing tokens will be announced on February 6. Fans of the game can tweet about the contest and cheer on their favorite tokens via Twitter using hashtag #tokenvote.

Mr. Marinaccio was crowned America's MONOPOLY king in April 2009 when he entered the game's national championships in Washington, D.C.  With no previous competitive experience, he bested 27 challengers, winning an apropos $20,580, the amount of money in the MONOPOLY 'bank.'

He went on to capture third place in the world championships in Las Vegas later that year.  He retains the U.S. and World rankings because no national or global contests have been staged since 2009.

"I have been playing since I was a little boy. I did not play competitive Monopoly until the 2009 competition and I am looking forward to participating in the next U.S. National Championship," Mr. Marinaccio said.

At Phillips Lytle, Mr. Marinaccio focuses his practice on corporate matters including advising clients on a variety of commercial agreements, licenses, and mergers and acquisitions. He is also member of the Canadian Cross Border Team.

He earned his J.D. cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 2007, where he also was Publications Editor of the Buffalo Law Review.  He also earned a B.A. magna cum laude from UB, where he also earned Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha academic honors.

About Phillips Lytle:
Phillips Lytle LLP, established in 1834, is a multi-disciplined law firm with offices in New York State and Canada.  The firm represents a diverse, multinational client base, including Fortune 500 companies, global, regional and local financial institutions, mid-sized and emerging businesses, and individuals on important matters affecting their businesses and personal wealth.  For more information, visit www.phillipslytle.com.

About MONOPOLY:
The MONOPOLY game is one of the world's most popular games with millions of fans in nearly every country across the globe.  The MONOPOLY brand also provides entertainment experiences for players around the world. Whether they play the face-to-face game, digital or online games, or participate in casino or lottery gaming, there is a MONOPOLY experience to fit every lifestyle. Learn more about the MONOPOLY brand at www.monopoly.com.

Media Contact:
Sharon Linstedt
Travers Collins                     
716.464.4723/716.480.3068  

SOURCE Phillips Lytle LLP

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Peak 10, Inc., a national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus inter...
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, will provide tips on how to be successful in large scale machine lear...
If there is anything we have learned by now, is that every business paves their own unique path for releasing software- every pipeline, implementation and practices are a bit different, and DevOps comes in all shapes and sizes. Software delivery practices are often comprised of set of several complementing (or even competing) methodologies – such as leveraging Agile, DevOps and even a mix of ITIL, to create the combination that’s most suitable for your organization and that maximize your busines...
Struggling to keep up with increasing application demand? Learn how Platform as a Service (PaaS) can streamline application development processes and make resource management easy.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Klein, CEO and Co-founder of Rachio, will discuss next generation communities that are using IoT to create more sustainable, intelligent communities. One example is Sterling Ranch, a 10,000 home development that – with the help of Siemens – will integrate IoT technology into the community to provide residents with energy and water savings as well as intelligent security. Everything from stop lights to sprinkler systems to building infrastructures will run ef...
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, will discuss how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to im...
In the world of DevOps there are ‘known good practices’ – aka ‘patterns’ – and ‘known bad practices’ – aka ‘anti-patterns.' Many of these patterns and anti-patterns have been developed from real world experience, especially by the early adopters of DevOps theory; but many are more feasible in theory than in practice, especially for more recent entrants to the DevOps scene. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists will dis...
See storage differently! Storage performance problems have only gotten worse and harder to solve as applications have become largely virtualized and moved to a cloud-based infrastructure. Storage performance in a virtualized environment is not just about IOPS, it is about how well that potential performance is guaranteed to individual VMs for these apps as the number of VMs keep going up real time. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, in product and marketing at Tintri, will discu...
Unless you don’t use the internet, don’t live in California, or haven’t been paying attention to the recent news… you should be aware that self-driving cars are on their way to becoming a reality. I have seen them – they are real. If you believe in the future reality of self-driving cars, then continue reading on. If you don’t believe in the future possibilities, then I am not sure what to do to convince you other than discuss the very real changes that will roll out with the consumer producti...
Up until last year, enterprises that were looking into cloud services usually undertook a long-term pilot with one of the large cloud providers, running test and dev workloads in the cloud. With cloud’s transition to mainstream adoption in 2015, and with enterprises migrating more and more workloads into the cloud and in between public and private environments, the single-provider approach must be revisited. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yoav Mor, multi-cloud solution evangelist at Cloudy...
There is an ever-growing explosion of new devices that are connected to the Internet using “cloud” solutions. This rapid growth is creating a massive new demand for efficient access to data. And it’s not just about connecting to that data anymore. This new demand is bringing new issues and challenges and it is important for companies to scale for the coming growth. And with that scaling comes the need for greater security, gathering and data analysis, storage, connectivity and, of course, the...
This is not a small hotel event. It is also not a big vendor party where politicians and entertainers are more important than real content. This is Cloud Expo, the world's longest-running conference and exhibition focused on Cloud Computing and all that it entails. If you want serious presentations and valuable insight about Cloud Computing for three straight days, then register now for Cloud Expo.
IoT device adoption is growing at staggering rates, and with it comes opportunity for developers to meet consumer demand for an ever more connected world. Wireless communication is the key part of the encompassing components of any IoT device. Wireless connectivity enhances the device utility at the expense of ease of use and deployment challenges. Since connectivity is fundamental for IoT device development, engineers must understand how to overcome the hurdles inherent in incorporating multipl...