Poster boy and national champ Jimmy Miles from Rochester, MN has qualified and will defend his title! Nearly 150 players have qualified for a shot at winning the $10,000 Poker Package which includes $2,000 cash, $5,000 worth of tournament buyins, as well as air/hotel, limo, dinner, and show tickets! Who will win?? The field is chock full of great players and former champs, including the original league champion Derek Melicher (pictured, 2005) who famously busted to Phil Ivey. Derek went on to a career in poker world which has included business management of the Heartland Poker Tour and recently America's Poker Tour. We look forward to reuniting with Derek!
Altogether there are a total of 156 qualifiers from 16 different states flying into Vegas for their shot at winning big. We expect about 100 or so players to hit the tables at 10am Vegas time on January 28th. Of those 156, 13 of them were lucky enough to get double stacked qualifying multiple ways to Nationals. However, the odds on favorite at the very beginning of the tournament will be Dave Johnson from Illinois as he is the only triple stack. Dave qualified at the IL State Championship and took down two Super TOC’s.