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O’Fallon Reliance Bank, and others become Pokémon Go recharge centers for community gamers

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Reliance Bank President of Retail Banking & Sales Lisa Frederking stands with Pokemon Pikachu character and Reliance Bank CEO Thomas Brouster. Frederking manages the O’Fallon, Ill. Reliance Bank branch.
Reliance Bank President of Retail Banking & Sales Lisa Frederking stands with Pokemon Pikachu character and Reliance Bank CEO Thomas Brouster. Frederking manages the O’Fallon, Ill. Reliance Bank branch.

Reliance Bank, a subsidiary of Reliance Bancshares, Inc. (OTCPK: RLBS), is excited to announce that its Missouri and Illinois locations will become Pokémon recharge centers, which began Tuesday, Sept. 6.

“My daughter introduced me to ‘Pokémon Go,’ and it has been a great bonding experience and a lot of fun,” Reliance Bank Chairman Thomas Brouster said.

Players of the wildly popular smartphone game are invited to stop by any of the bank’s branches to charge their phones and enjoy snacks and water.

There are also active lures at each of the branches, allowing trainers to have higher chances of encountering and catching Pokémon at any Reliance Bank branch.

Trainers are invited to enter Reliance Bank’s drawing for a chance to win an exclusive Pokémon Trainer Starter Pack, which will include a Nintendo® 3DS XL Black player, Alpha Sapphire game, pack of 100 Pokémon™ TCG cards (including two Guaranteed EX Cards, four black rare cards, four holographic cards, and 90 common, trainers, and energies), a 20” Pikachu™ plush and a safety vest.

Reliance Bank reminds players to be alert at all times and remain aware of their surroundings while playing Pokémon Go. They should refrain from driving while using the app and do not trespass onto private property while playing the game.

Players should also be aware of closing times at parks and public places while out hunting, trapping, and training at the Pokémon gyms. Entry forms for the Pokémon Trainer Starter Pack will be available at each Reliance Bank branch with four drawings occurring at 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 3, one for each of their four regions.

Released on smartphones in July, Pokémon Go is an immensely popular game that incorporates a user’s GPS and camera in order to catch Pokémon in surrounding neighborhoods. The game is based off a successful 20-year- old video game that involves trainers catching a variety of creatures called Pokémon, training them, and engaging in battle with gym leaders in various fabricated towns.

The main difference is that players must walk outside to search for Pokémon.

Although the app is free to start playing, it has reaped approximately $1.6 million in revenue each day only from Apple’s App Store.

Reliance Bank, headquartered in St. Louis, currently operates 21 branches and one loan production office (LPO) in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The company’s total assets as of Dec. 31, 2015 were approximately $1.2 billion. Reliance Bank’s website.

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