On April 21st Rod "Rodster" Lovig (The Depot) and Karen Sjullie (TD Club) both longtime and well known players in the league we able to break through and win at the Nebraska State Championship. There were a couple close moments while we were on the bubble player, but both made it through to win their first ever state victory. Joining the Rodster and Karen were Clarence Osentowski (Legends), Steve Schluns (Wheelers), and Ron Anderson (Blarney Stone). All five have qualified and will compete at the National Championship on July 4th to try and win one of the twelve seats into this years World Series of Poker!
We are gearing up for our state championship run with the Nebraska Vegas or Bust championship leading us off. This Saturday at the Depot in Norfolk 76 poker players from around the state will be battling for the top five spots to see who will be qualified for Vegas or Bust National Championship in Las Vegas at the MGM Casino on July 4th. The top two players will win an airfare allowance and a hotel stay at Hooters from July 3rd through the 6th. Altogether there are 18 players who will start with having an advantage of a double stack by qualifying in both the fall and winter quarters, but in poker anything can happen. See you Saturday!
The day was Sunday February 19th when Bob Timberlake got the monkey off his back. Bob a big supporter of the league and bar owner out of Omaha, NE was able to take down the regional winners online championship. Every person who won a regional for the fall quarter competed online for a full Vegas package and a spot in the Vegas or Bust National Championship. Bob who won the Eastern Nebraska regional took the regional online championship tournament down. Bob has been very, very close in live play, he is a fixture in the NE state championships and has made the final table three times and now has his spot secured. He will be playing for a double stack at the state championship and we all look for him to go deep and make a run at the double stack for Nationals.
Recently the Free Poker Network has joined the racing circuit sponsoring Corey Haase racing in the Norfolk area. If you get a chance to see him and the number two car make sure to cheer him on!!!
Sean Heile (left) from the TD Club in North Platte and Larry Hansen (right) from the Depot in Norfolk 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 Diamond Classic Tournament. Sean ended up getting second place just missing out on the $10,000 Poker Pro contract and respectively Larry got 9th 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.