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.
John Rottman from Maple Grove, MN found the first direct to Nationals winning gamecard. John received his winning gamecard at the Blue Fox Bar in Arden Hills, MN. There are a handful that were sent out at the beginning of the promotion. Each gamecard has a code on it and select few have special code that will qualify the person that enters it directly into the National finals this summer. Way to go John and make sure you use your gamecards as you could be as lucky as John and qualify directly for the National Championship.
Steve Lenz from Ottertail, MN who plays at the Hoot N Hollar was just drawn for the monthly two pair or better drawing. Steve scratched off a pair of jacks and a pair of sevens to get qualified. By getting his name pulled he is now qualified for the National Championship in end of June or beginning of July. Congratulations Steve!
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.
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!
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.