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.
Cannin Mecklenburg from Austin, MN and Diana Martin from the Touchdown Club in North Platte, NE have both qualified for the Vegas or Bust National Championship on Wednesday, July 4th via Super TOC's. Both Cannin and Diana have also won $200 towards expenses which is the maximumallowed by law in the state of MN. A Super TOC is any bar that runs more two or more league nights for the quarter at a standard level of sponsorship.
Two more scratch poker winners were just turned in! Jacquelin Pavek from Cannon Falls, MN hit a straight flush (2h, 3h, 4h, 5h, and 6h) to qualify for the Vegas or Bust National Championship on July 4th at the MGM and wins $200 cash. Alex Aemisegger from Bismarck, ND hit four jacks to also qualify making him eligible for the National Championship.
Don't forget that it is easier than ever to qualify now through the scratch poker game. As of April 1st all it takes is two pair or better to be qualified for a chance to win.
Royal Flush = $1000 plus National Championship Seat
Straight Flush = $200 plus National Championship Seat
Four of a Kind = National Championship Seat
2 Pair or Better = Entry into a monthly drawing for National Championship Seat
The Minnesota State Championship for "Vegas or Bust" will be held at Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN on Saturday, May 5th. For those of you who have already qualified, be sure to mention "Minnesota Poker League" or "Free Poker Network" when booking your room for the discounted $60 room block.
Steven Rien from Annandale, MN was surprised on his regular league night on Wednesday with a brand new 40 inch HDTV. Steven was drawn for the February perfect attendance which we kept quiet so we could surprise him at his bar Rich's in Annandale, MN. The March perfect attendance winner was Randy Edison from the Side Street Saloon in Milnor, ND. Randy has qualified for the Vegas or Bust National Championship on July 4th by just showing up to his regular poker nights.
Christy Christensen from Hutchinson, MN recently took second place to Bob Timberlake in the online Fall Regional Championship, just missing out on the full package to the National Championship. He did win an i-pod shuffle for his effort, but that wasn't his goal, his goal was to see Vegas for the first time and compete in the National Championship. In less than two weeks he was able to accomplish his goal. Christy took down the first of the month tournament to get the full package which includes the airfare allowance, hotel stay, and his spot in the National Championship on July 4th.