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.
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.
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.
Bruce Hubbard from Coon Rapids, MN won a scratch poker card from Mac and Chesters in Oak Grove, MN. He was lucky enough to scratch off four queens to get qualified for the Golden Ticket National Championship. Bruce is qualifier number 16 so far for the National Championship at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas on December 10th.
The latest winner in our monthly scratch poker drawing for two pair or better was Diana Benson from the Sebeka Liquor Store in Sebeka, MN. Diana won week 2 in August to win herself a scratch poker card. She scratched off three queens in seven attempts and mailed in her scratch poker card. It was recently drawn and she is the newest winner to qualify for Las Vegas and the Golden Ticket National Championship on December 10th.
Two lucky Minnesota poker players have just scratched their way to Las Vegas for the Golden Ticket National Championship. Joseph Dougherty of Duluth, MN scratched off four 3's at the Other Place Bar in Duluth. Dan Okan from North Branch was able to get lucky enough to qualify his way to the National Championship by scratching off four Aces. Both players are now qualified for the December 10th National Championship at the Mirage poker room in Las Vegas.