At the Sin City Showdown National Championship in Las Vegas over the fourth of July weekend there were four big winners from Minnesota who won a seat into the World Series of Poker Event #54. Altogether there were 75 players from all over the US that came to Las Vegas with 10 seats into WSOP event #54 on the line. In the end four winners were from Minnesota. They were Alvin Hellerman from Parkers Prairie, MN, Ricky Johnson Jr.(pictured) from Crystal, MN, Gary "Chops" Jepson from Luvurne, MN and Haile Demise from St. Paul, MN. Congratulations guys and we hope you enjoyed your experiencee playing in the WSOP.
Aaron Springer from Lake City, MN has won the June perfect attendance drawing. He plays out of Bronk's in Lake City, MN. Aaron showed up all four weeks in June at Bronk's and for his effort he has won himself a Nintendo Wii.
Arguably the toughest field ever in a Minnesota State Championship event gathered at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN over the weekend to determine the qualifiers for the Sin City Showdown National Final. A "Who's Who" of poker in the Minnesota Poker League were in attendance, including 20 players who had previously won a major prize package through the league (these players combined to total $67,500 in prize winnings). Up for grabs: a chance to win a trip to Vegas and a seat in the Sin City Showdown final where 11 seats to the 2011 World Series of Poker will be given away.
Former league champ Jerry Anderson from St. Cloud, MN is making the most out of his WSOP trip. Jerry competed in the recent Sin City Showdown National Championship, but unfortunately fell a bit short. That did not dampen his spirits though as there is still a lot of poker to be played.
He bought into a $175 tournament and cashed for $1500. Jerry then parlayed that $1500 to play in WSOP event number 56. He made it through day one ranked 25th in chips with 72,300. Jerry then made a deep run into day two, ending up in 87th place for a pay day of $6,130. There were a total of 3,389 entrants. Way to go Jerry!!!
Big field for today's Minnesota State Championship! 13 players will qualify for nationals.
Dave Shasky, Anthony Thompson, John Magnuson, Haile Demise, Dwight Perkins, Joseph Belgarde, Lennon Anderson, Susan Ellwanger, Ricky Antilla, Al Wikstrom, Tim Wadekamper, Michael Kline, Roger Halverson are the Minnesota qualifiers! Pictures, video, and more of the story will be posted later! CONGRATS TO ALL WINNERS!
The top 13! AJ Bunkowske, Tony Wacholty, Chris Cain, Rick Allen, Tom McGrath, Rick Heinecke, and Cat Nelson busted. We are now playing down to the top 6.