Mind Sports International AcademyThe Mind Sports Academy program, which originated in the UK, will be launching in the United States in January. The American version basically works the same. It offers a training program, rating system, and traveling tournament series for Chess, Scrabble, and Magic: The Gathering. At the Grand Final event, cash prizes for each of these games will total $10,000.

Starting this coming January, events will take place in a rotating circuit of Las Vegas, Los Ageles, and San Francisco.

Those wishing to try out the program can pay $25 for a one-weekend pass. An annual membership costs $189.