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Nicole Brighouse-Warren, co-owner of the Puzzle Factory, Salmon Arm’s specialty toy and game store, knows her business.

Nicole Brighouse-Warren, co-owner of the Puzzle Factory, Salmon Arm’s specialty toy and game store, knows her business.

Brighouse-Warren placed 40th of 630 players at Grand Prix Calgary, one of the largest Magic: The Gathering tournaments of the year.

Her standing was the top finish by a woman at the tournament, and earned her $200 and professional status as a player. As the only woman player in Canada with professional status, Ms. Brighouse-Warren is now the de facto top woman player in the country.

Magic: The Gathering is a fantasy-themed trading card game and is the most popular trading card game in the world, with sales of over $400 million in 2012.