Players who enjoy poker nights hosted at Mable Murhpy’s and Z103 Bar & Grill in Fergus Falls have reason to be excited as one of their own, Travis Schumaker, was crowned National Champion after winning the Free Poker Network national final at the Stratosphere Casino in Las Vegas. Schumaker earned a $10,000 Heartland Poker Tour “Dream Package”, consisting of $2,000 cash, three (3) Heartland Poker Tour main event buy-ins, and airfare/hotel accommodations. Travis ran deep in the HPT Stratosphere event and cashed $7,702 for 15th place.
It has finally happened! Matt Wolff from Spicer, MN who plays in leagues all of the state of MN, has done it! Matt scratched off the Royal Flush to qualify for the Golden Ticket National Championship AND WIN $1,000 in cold hard cash! Every scratch poker card has the chance of winning $1,000 instantly and Matt was lucky enough to get the A-K-Q-J-10 of hearts. It took all seven attempts as Matt said he was open ended with the K-Q-J-10. On his last attempt he started scratching and saw a red ace. He was now down to a 50/50 with the ace of diamonds giving him nothing just missing out and the ace of hearts landing him a thousand bucks. After continued scratching to reveal the ace of hearts Matt said his hands were shaking and he almost started hyperventilating not believing his luck. It just goes to prove at any night in the poker league you could be the next $1,000 instant winner!
Marilyn Bodin from Fergus Falls, MN was the winner of the Bonus National TOC Tournament held this past Sunday. Marilyn took down the Z103 TOC night to qualify for her entry. She then parlayed it into a spot in the National Championship in December. The tournament structure was changed to give players more play which turned into a much longer tournament. Marilyn was able to defeat previous champion Tomi Hamilton heads up at 3:30 in the morning. She was so happy she won she then had a hard time getting to sleep before having to get up for work in the morning she said. In the end it all paid off as Marilyn will get a vacation to Las Vegas and a chance at a $10,000 first place prize.
The latest winner in our monthly scratch poker drawing for two pair or better was Diana Benson from the Sebeka Liquor Store in Sebeka, MN. Diana won week 2 in August to win herself a scratch poker card. She scratched off three queens in seven attempts and mailed in her scratch poker card. It was recently drawn and she is the newest winner to qualify for Las Vegas and the Golden Ticket National Championship on December 10th.
On Saturday October 20th 206 poker players from all across the state of Minnesota came together at Running Aces Casino to see who the new 16 Minnesota Champions would be. The size of the field at the Minnesota Championship is double what the size of the National Championship is so going deep and winning in Minnesota is quite a feat in itself. It was an exciting day all the way to the finish and we have video of the bubble when we lost two people.
Bruce Hubbard from Coon Rapids, MN won a scratch poker card from Mac and Chesters in Oak Grove, MN. He was lucky enough to scratch off four queens to get qualified for the Golden Ticket National Championship. Bruce is qualifier number 16 so far for the National Championship at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas on December 10th.