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2017 Anaheim Regional Pokémon Championship


Thanks for your interest in the Anaheim Pokémon regional – more info is going up every day. Keep checking back or follow us on Twitter @events2cg or Facebook for update notifications.


Presidents Day Weekend – doors open 8am

  • Saturday, February 18, 2015
    • Video Game and Trading Card Game Championship Swiss Rounds
      • Check-in 8am
      • No rounds begin after 8pm
    • Side events begin and prize wall opens about 1pm
  • Sunday, February 19, 2015
    • TCG/VG 2nd Day Swiss and Championship Rounds
    • Lots more Side Events and prize wall beginning 10am


Business Expo Center
1960 S. Anaheim Way
Anaheim, CA 92805


Anaheim has fantastic and plentiful hotel options. Please choose the best location and deal for you!

Important Registration Information

NO PAPER REGISTRATION & NO REGISTRATION KIOSKS – you must purchase a ticket using unique and valid Player Name, PlayerID & Birth Date with your own or a borrowed computer or mobile, before check-in closes 8:45am February 18, 2017.  Just as with past Pokémon US Nationals, this online, pre-pay system is the only way to register.

Official Event Listings

Buy Your Tickets

VIP seating extras:  Fixed seat in VIP section in order of purchase (unless playing another VIP); bottled water 2x day; 3 prize wall tickets.
All players extras: Promo card while supplies last; first 500 TCG players ticketed receive Pokemon character mat; first 500 VG players receive Pokemon character cap.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Refund requests will not be honored after 11:59pm Thursday, February 16; up until that time you may use the box office contact form to request a refund. You must be present at the event to claim any promotional items related to your ticket. Tickets purchased with duplicate or incorrect player information will not be valid, may not be reflected on the roster and a fix will not be attempted until after the first round of play. Use of an incorrect or false email on the ticket order may result in uncorrectable errors, lack of timely notification of important changes to the event and the purchaser accepts all liability and consequences for incorrect info, email or other input errors.

Trading Card Championship Requirements

  1. CREATE a STANDARD format deck for the tournament
  2. Fill out a deck list in STANDARD format.
  3. USE Status Condition markers and Damage markers
  4. USE only cards or sleeves that are clean, unmarked and are plain or official Pokemon art

BEFORE you leave for the event – DO these things

  1. FILL OUT a legible deck list
  2. CHECK your deck against the list to make sure it is correct and in STANDARD format

TCG Player Tips

BUY your event ticket in advance!

See our registration page in order to get your ticket. You will need a valid Player ID to buy your ticket and you can learn how to get one online on this website.

You cannot buy your event ticket for cash and you must buy it online. You should buy it before you get to the event. You are permitted to use your or a friend’s mobile device to buy your event ticket online once you get to the venue, but why would you wait?

FOLLOW THIS CHECKLIST for what to bring to the event

  • Deck, Deck List, Spare Sleeves (if used)
  • Lunch, water and snacks – its a long day with very short breaks.
  • Bag or backpack to keep track of your stuff.

Video Game Championship Info

VG STANDARD format is REQUIRED, please learn about it:

  1. DOWNLOAD the official VG format document from
  2. TEAM must meet the restrictions in Section 1
  3. EQUIPMENT must meet the restrictions in Section 2

BEFORE you leave for the event – DO these things

  1. MOVE your STANDARD format legal team into your game’s battle box
  2. FILL OUT the 2017 VG SUMO Team List for your team – make sure moves are listed IN ORDER as on the Pokémon.
  3. CHARGE your game fully before you leave for the event

VG Player Tips

BUY your event ticket in advance!

See our registration page in order to get your ticket. You will need a valid Player ID to buy your ticket and you can learn how to get one online on this website.

You cannot buy your event ticket for cash and you must buy it online. You should buy it before you get to the event. You are permitted to use your or a friend’s mobile device to buy your event ticket online once you get to the venue, but why would you wait?

FOLLOW THIS CHECKLIST for what to bring to the event

  • Sun or Moon Game,  Team Registration Sheet, Console and Charger!
  • Lunch, water and snacks – its a long day with very short breaks.
  • Bag or backpack to keep track of your stuff.

If you ask a question, about something that hasn’t been published above, it will be answered here.

Winter 2017 Regional

Do I need to buy a ticket if my child is playing? Can I just watch?

If your child has a ticket, of course, you may attend without purchasing a ticket!

That said, Regional Championships are not a great place to ‘watch Pokemon’. Spectators are not allowed in the play area and the event has an occupancy capacity. If you’re interested in getting a feel for Pokemon, we recommend you attend your local league (search on If you play Pokemon already and want to participate, please attend our side events on Sunday afternoon. You can purchase tickets on site for smaller fun-oriented competitions!

Posted in: Winter 2017 Regional

Is it possible to participate in both Trading Card and Video Game Championship??


No! Both championship events begin on day 1 first thing. However, you can participate in Championship Series Challenges and other side events in both TCG & VG on day 2.

Posted in: Winter 2017 Regional

Are the Trading Card and Video Game Championships both on Saturday? When are the Top Cuts?

As it says in the event information here and on – YES!

We have an enormous venue – 20,000sqft – and will run swiss rounds for VG on one side and TCG on the other. Top Cut for all divisions and games will be on Sunday.

Posted in: Winter 2017 Regional

Can I photograph, stream or record audio or video at the event?

The short answer is that players and relatives with wristbands are welcome to do some personal photographs or videos; be sure not to become a distraction to a game in progress. The organizer and staff may take pictures or set up streams or recordings as duties require or permit. Everyone else must contact the organizer at more than two weeks in advance of the event.

Posted in: Winter 2017 Regional

Will I be photographed, streamed or recorded at this event?

Attendance at this Pokémon event may lead to your image and likeness being photographed and video recorded by or on behalf of The Pokémon Company International, or by third parties outside of the control of The Pokémon Company International (TPCi). By entering or remaining at this event, you grant permission for TPCi, its affiliates, and media organizations to publish your name, image, likeness, team or deck composition, methods of play, and written or oral statements in connection with any still photograph, live or recorded video display, or other transmission or reproduction, in whole or in part, of the event, whether or not those items come from items created by representatives of TPCi, and you acknowledge that third parties may create such items and you waive any claim against TPCi with respect to them.

Posted in: Signage, Winter 2017 Regional

Can I trade or sell at the event? Can I run my own event?

Please understand we state these limits because we want to bring you affordable, well-prized events to play in! These rules are here to keep fun events and strong prizing moving forward.

Trading. We encourage personal trading, but there are limits! In short, if you want to trade for your collection, you’re probably OK. If you want to trade for your side business, likely not. In addition, limit the amount of trade items as follows:

  • Don’t bring more trade items than fit in a bag, purse or backpack smaller than 16x16x8 inches. Keep it with you at all times; do not give it to someone to hold who also has a bag or backpack.
  • Do not enter the venue with a wheeled storage, such as a crate, backpack, suitcase or box.
  • Do not take up more than 1 chair worth of floor space (including you; your bag goes under the chair) or more than 1 standard TCG mat worth of table space at any time.
  • Traders who, in the judgment of the organizer, interfere with, or generate complaints from authorized vendors will be asked surrender your wristband and leave the venue.

Buying and Selling. In short, if you’re attending the event to make money, and you’re not one of the authorized vendors, don’t enter the venue. Authorized vendors will be present at fixed booths with whom you may buy and sell freely. Authorized vendors are an important part of bringing you affordable and well-prized events. We therefore discourage selling personal items and prohibit buying or selling for any sort of business, side business or quick money. Except for transactions with authorized vendors, personal sales of more than $20 or 10 cards or 3 other items per day are prohibited. Examples of prohibited selling include but are not limited to: 16 code cards, a deck, a box of boosters, 6 mats, 4 plush). Approaching other players or staff to buy in excess of the limits is also prohibited. If you are in violation of buying and selling prohibitions, or cause complaints from staff or vendors with buying or selling behavior, that is unauthorized vending and you will be asked to surrender your wristband and leave the venue.

Other Events.

If you organize your own event in our event space, you will be asked to surrender your wristband and leave.

Violations of trading, buying, selling or improper use of event space may be reported to Pokemon Organized Play.

We unfortunately have to think of example limits and state these things in writing because each  area has been abused in the past and people have tried to argue the case for their abuse. If in the opinion of the organizer, your behavior is detrimental to the event, you may be asked to leave, potentially without refund. This is very unlikely to happen to a person with common sense, self-control and who is at the event to play in the Spirit of the Game.

Posted in: Signage, Winter 2017 Regional

Will you look up my PlayerID for me?

No. Please see our Player ID page for links that will help you find your PlayerID or obtain a new one BEFORE you show up to the event.

In registering 1000 people without delaying the event start and running the event overtime, we do not have time to look up your PlayerID. If you show up and ask for your PlayerID, presumably having tried the listed steps, you will be given a new ID.

The current tournament operations manager system does not provide a way to consolidate PlayerID’s accessible to organizers from their different computers, their operators different computers or between organizers. Therefore players must keep track of their own PlayerID. Use of a phone contact, email message or password management software have been effective methods some players have used to track their PlayerID. You may also have associated it with your account.

Posted in: Winter 2017 Regional

What comes with the VIP admission? How long will VIP tickets be available?

You can view what is included in the VIP ticket in our post here.

VIP tickets will be available until they sell out. There are a limited number of tickets available, so we recommend purchasing sooner rather than later if you are interested.

Posted in: Winter 2017 Regional

How can I get a Player ID?

Please see our page on Player ID. That pages covers:

  • How to look up your existing Player ID online.
  • How to obtain a new Player ID online.
  • Obtaining a Player ID on site.

We will have Player IDs to give out on site, but it is better if you get one or look yours up online before arriving on site!

Posted in: 2014 State Championship, Fall 2012 Regionals, Fall 2013 Regionals, Spring 2012 Regionals, Winter 2017 Regional

Nice relaxing atmosphere; have your favorite Starbucks coffee or tea and enjoy the game. The competition is very low key. Have fun and laugh playing Pokemon.

Play 3 rounds with the new Evolutions set, using only the cards we give you – each Prerelease Deck contains 4 XY—Evolutions booster packs and 1 evolution pack. Each evolution pack contains 22 key cards from current and prior sets, plus 1 of 4 Prerelease promo cards. Every game you win, you will receive an additional pack! We also give you a sheet of damage counters – you get everything you need to play. If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you.  Those who play all 3 rounds keep their original 4 packs plus evolution pack, plus any packs they win and will also get an additional 2 packs! Players will also receive a pair of collectible damage counter dice at the end of the event.

Be there at 6:30, we’ll start playing by 7pm and done by 8:30.

Great value – players will receive —

  • 4 + 2 packs of XY-Evolutions
  • 22 card key card pack
  • Another pack of XY-Evolutions for each game you win
  • Pair of collectible damge counter/legal randomizer dice!

$30 online advance ticket purchase only. No cash admission, no on site admission, no bulk cards. If you can’t or don’t buy your ticket from your computer or mobile at do not come to the event. Space for this event is provided by the venue; kindly patronize them. The event is not otherwise sponsored promoted or explained by the venue; please contact the organizer, Second City Gym with all questions.

Official listing

Save the date for Anaheim Regionals 2017

The Pokemon Regional Championships for Trading Card and Video Game are coming to Anaheim on President’s Day weekend 2017

Anaheim Regional Pokemon Championship

Saturday & Sunday February 18 & 19 2017

Bigger main event prizes, overflowing side event prize wall, many many ways to enjoy the weekend playing Pokemon games and hanging out with your friends!

More information coming Sept 2016.

SPT Logo

California Pokemon TCG State Championship 2016

Come and Play!

  • Two Day Event!
    • Saturday April 9 – TCG Championship Swiss Rounds
      • Standard format
    • Sunday April 10th.
      • TCG Championship T32 Swiss per attendance
      • TCG Championship Top 8s all divisions
      • Video Game Mid Season Showdown, Sunday April 10th
      • TCG League Challenge, Sunday April 10th
  • Enhanced TCG Placement Prizing
  • Great Raffle Prizes – if you print your own deck list and fill it out before the event!
  • Regular Ticket or Premium Entry Package
  • Play Points and Championship Points
  • Enhanced TCG Placement Prizing to Top 32 (SR/JR) or Top 64 (MA)

Two Day Event – Day 2 Swiss!

In addition to the separate Sunday TCG League Challenge and Video Game Midseason Showdown, the TCG State Championship will provide a Day 2 Swiss (T32) for any age division with 227 or more players!

How to Participate

  1. Get your PlayerID handy (or get a new one)
  2. Buy your ticket or premium entry package online
  3. Present your ticket (paper or app) at the door by 8:45 April 9
  4. Turn in your Standard Deck List in the 9am Players Meeting

Venue: MTG Deals

136 S San Gabriel Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

  • Doors open 8am, Saturday April 9th.
  • Parking on streets and, per MTGDeals, at nearby Shakey’s lot
  • MTGDeals is also the exclusive vendor at this event – they buy your bulk cards & singles, too!

Tickets: Online Only –

Your Regular or Premium Package ticket for the TCG State Championship is available exclusively online from We are doing this because the venue capacity (320) is less than the attendance for this year’s TCG at Regional (436) – we don’t want anyone to show up and be turned away. If you have your ticket, you have a seat.

Premium Package – includes admission, Mega Scizor playmat, 3 packs, bottle of water and fixed table location throughout the event. Fixed location means you will have a special lettered table and your opponent will see your name as, for example: TABLE A – Jose Smythe. You stay at your table throughout the event, and your opponents come to you. Two fixed location opponents paired together will play at the highest ranked players table.

In the unlikely event tickets are available at the door, you will still need to purchase them from Eventbrite.

Deck List: Pre-print or Pre-write For Raffle

Use the Standard Format list provided by Pokemon or the PokeGym Decklist Builder to print your decklist in advance and you may be rewarded! Raffle prize winners will be randomly drawn from these deck lists. You can make a few neat changes to your pre-printed or pre-written list at the event if needed!

Deck lists will be available at the event but those will be marked ineligible for raffle prizes. You can even use notebook paper, but NO decklist that isn’t 8.5×11 paper will be accepted.

Great Raffle Prizes

Watch for our announcements here – Worlds items, playmats, deck boxes and sleeves. Follow our @events2CG twitter or our page to stay up to date.

Enhanced TCG Prizing

The top 32 finishers in the Junior and Senior Divisions will receive booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions as follows:

  • 1st & 2nd place: 72 boosters
  • 3rd & 4th place: 24 boosters
  • 5th–8th place: 12 boosters
  • 9th–16th place: 6 boosters
  • 17th-32nd: 3 boosters (extra prizing by Second City Gym)

The top 64 finishers in the Masters Division will receive booster packs from current Pokémon TCG expansions as follows:

  • 1st & 2nd place: 108 boosters
  • 3rd & 4th place: 36 boosters
  • 5th–8th place: 18 boosters
  • 9th–16th place: 12 boosters (10 from OP & 2 from 2CG)
  • 17th-32nd place: 6 boosters (4 from OP & 2 from 2CG)
  • 33rd-64th place: 3 boosters (from Second City Gym)

State Championships Points

Placement Points Kicker
1 100 0
2 90 4
3–4 70 8
5–8 50 32
9–16 30 64
17–32 15 128
33–64 10 256

233 Giveaways!

Between our round 4 play for a deckbox or sleeves and our raffle items given away to players that fill out their decklist in advance, we are blowing out our giveaway items. Here’s a table of the items below – wish I had time to do pictures, but it took a day just to collect and count these!

Remember, decklists provided at the event are not eligible for the giveaway raffles. Check out the online Standard Decklist at PokeGym.Net/decklist or print the one linked in the CA States 2016 topic or even use 8.5×11 notebook paper – just not the one you can get at the event!

Item Type Quantity
Pika Cosplay Karp/Gyarados Bag 2
Fennekin Box 3
Pikachu Box 13
Charizard Box 4
Mega Gengar Box 3
Hoopa Box 47
Chespin Box 2
Froakie Box 1
Hoopa Unbound Box 15
Vintage Pika/Mewtwo Box 1
Hoopa Cap 3
Torchic Cap 4
Mudkip Cap 1
Treecko Cap 7
2015 Worlds Screen Cleaner Cloth 3
2015 WC Theme Deck 4
BREAKpoint Theme Deck 16
2CG CA Mat 3
Mega Gengar Mat 1
Mega Gardevoir Mat 11
OP Mat 1
Xerneas & Yveltal Mat 3
Greninja Break Mat 16
Vintage Starters Portfolio 1
Vintage Bulbasaur Portfolio 1
VG History Poster 9
Hoopa Gold Sleeves 11
Hoopa Black Sleeves 14
Charizard Sleeves 4
Mega Gengar Sleeves 4
Mega Charizard XY Sleeves 15
Pikachu Gift Tin 1
Pikachu Cookie Tin 1
2015 Worlds Competitor YXL Top 1
2015 Worlds Competitor YL Top 1
2015 Worlds Competitor YM Top 1
2014 Worlds Competitor YM Top 2
2014 Worlds Competitor S Top 1
2014 Worlds Competitor M Top 2

A fun opportunity for Pokémon video game players to enjoy a major competition, win placement & raffle prizes and earn Championship Points that go toward an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships.

  • Register
    • You need your PlayerID to register
    • The link is the only way to register, so do it now or borrow a phone to do it on site
  • Check in 1:00-1:45PM
    • You need your team sheet to check in
    • You need your team in the battle box to check in
    • You need $15 cash to check in ($15.50 credit)
  • Got clean Pokemon cards lying around? MTGDeals will buy your bulk commons/uncommons and give you cash good for admission. Come early if you want to do that!

Trainers will compete using their own Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games, as well as their own system in the Nintendo 3DS family. Get complete details on event requirements, rules, and prizes on the Video Game Midseason Showdowns information page.

Top Cut Awards

All Top Cut Players, in every division will receive a 2nd City Gym Power bank AND a cable to connect it to your 3DS.

TOP CUT Power Bank & DS Cable

TOP CUT Power Bank & 3DS Cable

Placement & Raffle Prizes

Placement and raffle prizes will EXPAND with the size of the age division, so bring a friend!

Raffle prizes are additive – for example a 64 player division will have all 4 raffle prizes. Placement gift certificates also get more valuable as the size of the division increases. The gift certificate will have an MSS logo on the front and congratulations on your level of placement inside.

Placement & Raffle Prize Table

Placement & Raffle Prize Table


Play! Points: 3
Best Finish Limit (shared with VGC Regional Championships): 3
Championship Points:

Placement Championship Points Kicker
1 90 0
2 80 0
3-4 72 0
5–8 64 0
9–16 54 32
17–32 34 64

Too many ties in Championship Swiss? Try again at our league challenge!

Dozens of TCG raffle prizes! Gift Certificate placement prizes per attendance. Watch or @events2cg or this post for detail updates!

  • Tournament Name
    State League Challenge
  • Category
    TCG: Standard
  • Date
    April 10, 2016
  • Registration
    1:00PM to 1:45PM
  • Admission
    7$10 Cash or $10:50 Credit

SoCal Regionals Overview

All Players and Rides – 91 freeway into Anaheim is CLOSED – use alternate route.

Everything you need to know is included in the SoCal Winter 2016 Regionals Info! post, or organized under the 2016 WINTER POKEMON SOCAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS menu above, so check it out! But, as an overview, here is the weekend schedule and mandatory online registration links.

Registration LInks

TRADING CARD REGISTRATION LINKS You must register online, then check-in on-site. Playmats to the first 275 players who check-in for TCG championship. Championship admission is $20 cash only, exact change please. League Challenge admission is $10 cash or credit & gift card prizing and raffles for LC!

  1. Feb. 20, 2016, 8 a.m. – Anaheim Winter TCG Regional Championship
  2. Feb. 20, 2016, 12:30 p.m. – Anaheim Regional League Challenge #1 – EXPANDED format
  3. Feb. 21, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – Anaheim Regional League Challenge #2STANDARD format

VIDEO GAME REGISTRATION LINKS You must register online, then check-in on-site. Playmats to the first 275 players who check-in for VG championship. Championship admission is $20 cash only, exact change please. Premiere Challenge admission is FREE if you checked-in for VGC (see table above) or $10 cash or credit for standalone admission. Gift card prizing & raffles for PC!

  1. Feb. 21, 2016, 8 a.m. – Anaheim Winter VG Regional Championship
  2. Feb. 20, 2016, noon – Anaheim Regional Premiere Challenge #1
  3. Feb. 21, 2016, 1 p.m. – Anaheim Regional Premiere Challenge #2

Thanks for registering for the event!  We look forward to seeing you!

Please read the bullet point guide below, word for word, for successful participation.


Trading Card Players – Saturday

  • Bring a lunch Saturday – no lunch break just extended round 3.
  • Venue will have water and snacks for sale, but nearest fast food is ~1 mile.
  • Have your PlayerID and $20 CASH to check-in.
  • First 275 check-ins get a Luxray Mat.
  • Deck list is collected at Player Meeting, not check-in.
  • Deck lists passed out-on site NOT eligible for raffles, so print and fill one out NOW.
  • BREAKpoint is NOT legal for this event.
  • TCG 265/66/41 means we’ll have 9 rounds for Masters and T32 Swiss Sunday, if those numbers hold up.
  • Top 8 for all divisions on Sunday, sorry no exception this time.
  • Venue has 500 person cap – we must stop admitting people at 500 occupants.
Video Game Players – Sunday
  • Have your VGC16 format team in the Battle Box and your console fully charged BEFORE you get in the car to come!
  • There will be a Japanese/Filipino Food Truck Sunday. Lunch Break follows round 3, but nearest fast food is ~1 mile.
  • Have your PlayerID and $20 CASH to check-in.
  • First 275 check-ins get a Luxray mat, while supplies last.*
  • Charge your game completely before the event.
  • VGC raffles based on championship roster – 156/21/10 registration numbers means we’re at Tier 2 for raffles!
SoCal Pokemon Regional Championships
Day & Time Check-in for: Important Notes
Saturday 8am TCG Championship Until 8:45 – first 275 TCG players to check-in get a mat!
Saturday 12:30pm TCG League Challenge #1 TCG Sides begin at this time, as well.
Saturday 1:30pm VG Championship (early Check-in) VGC optional early check-in for Mat and PC #1,2 admission
Saturday 1:30pm VG Premiere Challenge #1 VG sides begin at this time, as well
Sunday 8am VG Championship Until 8:45 – first 275 VGC to check-in get a mat, while supplies last.*
Sunday 9:30am TCG League Challenge #2 TCG Sides begin at this time, as well.
Sunday 12:30pm VG Premiere Challenge #2 VG Sides begin at this time, as well
Bring lunch Saturday Doors open 8am Saturday & Sunday Clear the hall before 8:30pm Saturday & Sunday
Register online only Check-in on site
*Some mats may be shifted to TCG due to low VG registration; other prizes or discount admission may be substituted if last minute registrations exceed projection.