This past weekend at the Eagles Club in Bismarck there was a lot of fast and furious action as players from all over the state gathered and got after it right away. No player was timid on getting his or her chips into the middle at any point of the tournament. Jeff Gab from Dickinson who was already qualified for the National Championship was free-rolling shooting for a second stack and was the first person eliminated within an hour. Upon his departure he said, "My plan was to play a bit loose today, but I didn't think I was going to play this loose."
Former champion from back in '10 Tomi Hamilton from the Lakes are of MN has just won her second spot at a National Championship by taking down the May 1st FPN Online tournament. Tomi is one of our FPN reps and can be found at a lot of the Lakes area bars as she has been a religious player for years and big proponent of FPN. It is a much needed victory for her as just last promotion she came in second place during the National TOC online tournament just missing out. Congratulations Tomi and we will see you in Vegas!
At Running Aces Casino on Saturday, April 20th Tim Fisk (Brothers Bar & Grill) the reigning National Champion from Rochester, MN was able to place in the top 20 to secure his spot at the National Championship on June 29th. Tim will look to become the first ever player to win back to back National Championships. He will have a tough battle ahead of him as there were some extremely good players from MN that qualified with him. Nels Peterson (Ultimate Sports Bar, Sauk Rapids) former National Champion, three time grand prize winner, and now five time state champion will also be in the field. Ironically Nels knocked out the first player in the tournament and Tim knocked out the last.
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Fresh off her victory at the Brandon VFW Super TOC four days earlier to get herself qualified for the National Championship, Tanya Rausis (VFW, Brandon) was in the same building now shooting for a double stack for the National Championship inwhich she was able to accomplish by finishing in the top seven. Coming along with Tanya will be some familiar faces as Terry "Doc" Gloe (Shenanigan's Pub, Sioux Falls) was able to qualify for the Nationals for his third time. Nicole Kaul (Sedona Pub, Tyndall) and Jake Obermeier (Shenanigan's Pub, Sioux Falls) will be coming along for their second time each respectively. Joining them will be first time state champs Tim Baatz (Shenanigan's Pub, Sioux Falls), Larry Goeken (Shenanigan's Pub, Sioux Falls), and Olander "Doc" Benson (VFW, Brandon). The second chance winner to get qualified for the National Championship was Travis Lee (VFW, Brandon) to round out the eight new SD winners.