At Running Aces Casino on Saturday, April 20th Tim Fisk (Brothers Bar & Grill) the reigning National Champion from Rochester, MN was able to place in the top 20 to secure his spot at the National Championship on June 29th. Tim will look to become the first ever player to win back to back National Championships. He will have a tough battle ahead of him as there were some extremely good players from MN that qualified with him. Nels Peterson (Ultimate Sports Bar, Sauk Rapids) former National Champion, three time grand prize winner, and now five time state champion will also be in the field. Ironically Nels knocked out the first player in the tournament and Tim knocked out the last.
This weekend at Running Aces casino FPN will hold the Minnesota State Championship which is the largest state championship we hold. Altogether there are 254 qualifiers from all over the state. Since Minnesota is the largest participating state there will be 20 new state champions this weekend. All twenty people will win a WSOP buy-in on June 30th and participate in the National Championship on June 29th where they will have the opportunity to win a $10,000 Main Event WSOP Seat. As a bonus we will be doing a side game freeroll at 6pm for any busted players or spectators where we will give another National Championship seat away.
Dave Flachmeyer from the Hutchinson Elks lodge night came up aces recently. Dave won a gamecard and scratched off four aces in seven attempts qualifying himself for the 100 WSOP National Championship at the end of June. Way to go Dave!
Bonnie Heidecker from Rich's Bar in Annandale, MN has been drawn for the February perfect attendance drawing. Just by showing up all four weeks at Rich's Bonnie was automatically entered and won 100 scratch poker cards. She will have 100 opportunities to win $1,000. Good luck Bonnie!
The Minnesota State Championship date has been set for Saturday, April 27th. The championship will be at Running Aces in Columbus, MN. The tournament will start at noon with registration beginning at 11am. Keep in mind that the state of Minnesota changed their laws up a bit and we no longer have to reset the tournament. It will play from the start to the end all in the same room.