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.
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.
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.
Tim Casey who plays out of the Taconite American Legion in Minnesota was drawn for the perfect attendance in November. He played all five weeks the Legion held poker and qualified for the regionals in the month in November. Tim won himself a new digital camera just in time for the holiday season. Lucky for Tim, there were about two dozen people that were drawn before him who did not make it each week. Make sure you make it every week to be included in the monthly drawings, up next for December is a qualification into the Vegas or Bust National Championship!
Troy Menke from Jackson, MN has qualified for the Vegas or Bust National Championship this summer all by showing up. Troy was the lucky winner of the December perfect attendance drawing. He played all four weeks at the Jackson golf club got rewarded by qualifying directly to the National Championship. In January we are giving a way a new lap top for the perfect attendance winner.
Matt Neuman from the Ultimate Sports Bar in Waite Park and Jennifer Booth who qualified from Route 65 and Hunters Inn in East Bethel made the most of their Poker Pro National Championship. Both players competed in the 75 person tournament with the top 10 winning a seat into the following days Bellagio annual Five Diamon Classic Tournament. Matt was unsure if he was going to be able to make the trip, but was glad he decided to go and Jennifer was one of only two double stacks to start in the field which paid off in the end. Respectively Matt ended up getting sixth place and Jennifer got tenth place each winning the $1,000 + $80 tournament buy-in the following day. Unfortunately the next day didn't go as well, but both came away with a great experience.