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SHOOT FOR LOOT AT THE ACC MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

RBC Bank to Send Fans to Atlanta for Four Days of Fun


RALEIGH, N.C. – Jan. 6, 2009 – The holidays are over, but that doesn’t mean the party has to end. RBC Bank is giving ACC basketball fans a reason to celebrate.

RBC Bank is gearing up early for March Madness. "Shoot for Loot at the ACC Tournament" began on Jan. 2. The bank is giving away a chance to win a trip for two to the 2009 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, March 12 - 15. Winners receive tickets to all 11 games, complimentary accommodations and invitations to post-game coaches’ news conferences. Winners will be able to show off their own hoop skills for a chance to win $1 million.

“At RBC Bank, we choose to sponsor the ACC tournament because it embodies values we share – an emphasis on teamwork and excellence,” said Kristen Doherty, vice president, Integrated Marketing Communications. “This is the third year we have sent lucky fans to the tournament, and we are offering a host of other great prizes to enhance fans’ basketball viewing experience.”

Stop by a banking center to find out about your chance to win, and while you’re there learn about RBC Bank’s great money market rate through Feb. 28, 2009. Fans can enter to win the sweepstakes at RBC Bank banking centers until Feb. 28. Other prizes include:
   •  Five 50-inch plasma televisions
   •  20 electronic basketball hoops
   •  Team gear such as T-shirts and ball caps

About RBC Bank
RBC Bank, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., offers a wide range of financial services and advice to individuals, businesses and public institutions throughout the Southeast. RBC Bank’s network includes more than 430 full-service banking centers, an extensive ATM network and telephone and online banking. RBC Bank is the 40th largest U.S. bank by consolidated assets, according to the Federal Reserve Statistical Release June 30, 2008. RBC Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (RY on the TSX and NYSE), Canada's largest and most stable bank as measured by assets and market capitalization. Global Finance Magazine named RBC the best bank in Canada in October 2008, and the safest bank in Canada for 10 consecutive years, from 1999-2008. RBC is also one of the world’s financial, social and environmental corporate leaders for the past eight years as on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Additional information about RBC Bank may e found at www.rbcbankusa.com.

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For more information:
Jamie Mitchell/RBC Bank
Manager, Media Relations
919-788-5613
jamie.mitchell@rbc.com