BY BANKRUPTING other people yet staying out of jail, this Marylebone man has been crowned national Monopoly champion.
John Broomfield, of Fitzroy Street, beat off competition from dozens of entrants to win the prestigious title.
In real life, he even owns an office in one of the most expensive properties in the board game, in New Bond Street, where he works in commercial property.
"In the final, we didn't have a time limit," said the champion.
"The game finished after an hour or so, when all the other competitors had been made bankrupt.
"I'm deemed now to be the UK champion, a title that I will hold for four years."
Later this year, Mr Broomfield will go to Las Vegas, where he will compete for the title of world champion.
"The best part of winning was having the entitlement to go to Las Vegas," he said.
"I enjoy playing because the game has elements of life.
"The key to winning is balance, and knowing how much to spend and save.
"But I've also always believed that everybody has
Lady Luck visit them now and again. There's an extra dimension for me because my business career has been spent dealing with commercial property."
But despite owning an office in New Bond Street, part of the expensive 'green' collection on
a Monopoly board, Mr Broomfield recommends players of the board game head for the cheaper 'orange' properties - Bow Street, Marlborough Street and Vine Street.
The new national champion added that he was now passing his love of the game on to his offspring.
"I've been playing for a long time," he said. "I used to play with my parents as a lad and I now play with my children.
"My youngest child is three and a half, and even he is starting to play."