For the first time ever the South Dakota Championship was taking place in Tyndall, SD at the Sportsmen's Rendezvous. The field was quite extensive and the players were getting after it early and often. Charlie Lawrence from the Only One was off to a commanding lead early as he knocked out the first player within 20 minutes of the tournament start. Mark Elmer from Jackson's Golf Club was the unfortunate victim when he held top two pair only to run into Charlie's trips.
Jimmy Lundquist from Hightopps Bar & Grill in Timonium, MD has done it again, winning the Sin City Showdown State Championship. Jimmy represented Maryland in the Gold Rush 2 National Championship this past December at the Golden Nugget in Vegas, cashing $900 for 7th place.
The Eastern and Western Colorado Championships were held this past weekend in Delta and Denver respectively. In Delta, Joe Stack (pictured middle left) reigned supreme by beating former champion Darby Rolph (pictured left, right side) who won the invitation to the National Championship in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 2nd for his second place accomplishment. For Joe's championship he has won himself the travel package which includes money for airfare and hotel accommodations.
On the other side of the state in Denver our first ever Eastern Colorado champion was Randy King (pictured right, left side) . Just like Joe, Randy has won the travel package to Las Vegas to participate in the FPN Sin City Showdown National Championship. The runner up in Denver was Chris Hays (pictured right, right side) who has won the invite to exclusive National Championship.
Eric DeWitt from Sebeka, MN outlasted 136 players and took down the latest monthly Sin City Showdown online qualifier. Eric was working on qualifying for a double chip stack in the upcoming Minnesota state final playing Tuesday nights at the Bertha Liquor Store in Bertha, MN. Jeff Flaten of Hancock, MN was the runner up, earning an iPod Shuffle as a consolation prize. Eric becomes the 3rd Minnesota Poker League player to win a trip to Las Vegas to play in the exclusive Sin City Showdown where 10 seats to the 2011 World Series of Poker will be awarded including a $10,000 Main Event seat. There will be one more Sin City Showdown online qualifier (Sunday, May 1st). Minnesota Poker League players will then battle it out in the state final at Shooting Star Casino (Sat, May 7th) where another 13 players will qualify!