Seventeen-year-old Dillon McCord of Talent placed second at the 2009 Pokemon TCG regional championships held in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Seventeen-year-old Dillon McCord of Talent placed second at the 2009 Pokemon TCG regional championships held in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Pokemon TCG regional championships are held in 13 regions across the U.S. and are open to all eligible players. Competitors are divided into three divisions and first-place winners in each division receive a regional championships trophy, a travel award to the 2009 Pokemon TCG U.S. national championships, and a scholarship of $1,500, along with a Pokemon prize kit. Second-place winners receive a scholarship award of $1,000, a regional championships trophy and 36 Pokemon booster packs.

For more information, see www.go-pokemon.com/op.

— Staff reports