News and events from the South Dakota region.
At the Ultimate Poker Fantasy South Dakota State Championship players gathered to see who the lucky eight were going to be that will be heading to Las Vegas. The top seven from the main tournament all qualified along with one player from the second chance tournament. In the end the lucky eight were: (pictured left to right, standing) Michael Shackley, Ben Tesch, Matthew Scanlon, Lyle Wegner, and Monte Evans. (Sitting) Gale Fennema, Deb Skyberg, and Todd Cunningham. Congrats!
On Sunday, April 13th poker players from all over the East side of South Dakota will gather for the FPN South Dakota State Championship. For the first time ever we will be at Shenanigan’s Pub in Sioux Falls with play starting at high noon. The top eight players will advance to the FPN National Championship at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas on June 7th.
While in Las Vegas the new FPN National Champion will win the coveted $10,000 Main Event Seat for his or her chance at millions of dollars in the most prestigious poker tournament of the year. There will also be over $15,000 in additional buy-ins and prizes to be awarded at the FPN National Championship depending on how you finish.
This Sunday, April 21st players from all around the state of South Dakota will converge at the VFW in Brandon for their shot at winning a WSOP buy-in. The top SEVEN players will all win a spot at the National Championship on Saturday June, 29th and will be gauronteed a buy-in at the 2013 WSOP. Altogether 65 players have qualified for this event. As a bonus an EIGHTH seat will be given away at the 6pm freeroll open to any busted players, spectators, or public. This could be the first step in changing someone's fortune forever!!! Good luck to all players.
Fresh off her victory at the Brandon VFW Super TOC four days earlier to get herself qualified for the National Championship, Tanya Rausis (VFW, Brandon) was in the same building now shooting for a double stack for the National Championship inwhich she was able to accomplish by finishing in the top seven. Coming along with Tanya will be some familiar faces as Terry "Doc" Gloe (Shenanigan's Pub, Sioux Falls) was able to qualify for the Nationals for his third time. Nicole Kaul (Sedona Pub, Tyndall) and Jake Obermeier (Shenanigan's Pub, Sioux Falls) will be coming along for their second time each respectively. Joining them will be first time state champs Tim Baatz (Shenanigan's Pub, Sioux Falls), Larry Goeken (Shenanigan's Pub, Sioux Falls), and Olander "Doc" Benson (VFW, Brandon). The second chance winner to get qualified for the National Championship was Travis Lee (VFW, Brandon) to round out the eight new SD winners.
The South Dakota state championship has been set for Sunday, April 21st. The tournament will be held at the Brandon VFW in Brandon, SD. The tournament will begin at noon with an 11am registration. See you there!