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David is a 30 year old software developer from Hamilton, New Zealand.

Prior to the 1992 New Zealand Championship, the final of which he won by negotiating a deal which left him with the orange color group and the four Railroads, David wrote a simulator app which rolled imaginary 'dice' millions of times to learn the relative frequency that each space on the board is visited. From this, he was able to calculate and graph the relative rates of return vs cash spent, for each color group, at each level of development.

In his first game in Berlin, David bankrupted all of his opponents within the 90 minute time limit, again with the orange property group (he traded the final deed for one from the yellow group), and finished with a total of $11,232 in assets, the highest winning total achieved in any game in the tournament. However, he was unable to obtain any full color sets in his remaining three preliminary games, and finished 13th overall. The final was won by The Netherlands' Joost Van Orten, who obtained the light blue and magenta sets from a complex 4-way negotiation, opponents being left with the yellow, green, and dark blue sets, respectively. He bankrupted all of his opponents in 86 minutes.

David used to play MONOPOLY as a teenager, and he and his friends invented a large number of house rules. To eliminate the luck of the dice, the player whose turn it was and the opponent with the highest developed site within 2-12 spaces ahead of them each took a die, which they used to secretly select any number (1-6), hidden behind their hand. Then both dice were revealed simultaneously, the total becoming the player's roll. This created a whole new dimension to the game, with players trying to outthink each other.

David also invents original board and card games in his spare time.

[Bio written by: David Louisson]