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.
Andrew from the home office drew May's perfect attendance drawing and congratulations to Jeff Walke from Jumping Jacks in Isanti, MN. By getting drawn Jeff is now qualified for the Golden Ticket National Championship all by showing up at his bar. This summer we have some great prizes we are giving away which include a camcorder for June, a TV for July, and an iPad 3 for August.
Niles Short just turned in a scratch poker winner with four jacks to make him the last qualifier for the Vegas or Bust National Championship field. Niles scratched off the four of a kind at JC's Corral in Dilworth, MN this past Monday.
On Saturday May 5th 282 poker players from the state of MN convened at Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN. At stake were 16 spots in the Vegas or Bust National Championship. The top eight would receive the full package of airfare allowance and hotel stay at Hooters Casino. The day was filled with plenty of excitement as it only took less than five hands to have the first all-in and a call when John Magnuson from Fergus Falls lost half of his double stack when the flop brought set over set.
Back on March 1st Christy Christensen from Hutchinson, MN won the FPN Online monthly tournament to win his way to the Vegas or Bust National Championship. Three short months later on June 1st, Christy screen name "ChristyPoker" was able to outlast a little over 80 people again punching his ticket to the Golden Ticket National Championship this winter. Christy almost went fishing on Friday, but decided to stay back to play the tournament and leave on Saturday. By doing so he caught a free trip to Vegas, good job Christy!
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.