Tina McNabb returned to the FPN National Championship Tournament after a 4 year absence after winning the Texas State Tournament. Tina who was the first Texas State Champion back in 2008 eliminated Justin Overman after flopping top pair on a preflop raise by Justin and avoiding many outs after Justin flopped mid pair and a diamond flush draw.
Steve Armstrong recently won the Texas "Vegas or Bust" Championship beating out Scott Goessling for the full trip package which includes airfare allowance and free hotel stay at Hooters Casino. The final hand summary is as follows:
Scott raised from the small blind pre-flop, Steve called the double the blind raise. On a flop of 2d, 7d, Qd Steve checked his option and Scott bet half the pot, Steve smooth called. 5s came on the turn which Steve bet enough to put Scott all in. Scott quick called and turned over two pair Q-7. Steve tabled the nut flush with A-5d. The river was a blank eliminating Scott. Steve eliminated the last four players in the championship.
Scott isn't going away empty handed though as by coming in second place he qualified for the Vegas or Bust National Championship as well. Coming in third was Brian Hurst who also gets to make the trip for their shots at 1 of 12 seats into this years WSOP.
Jason Kabakoff took down the Texas State Championship to win his way to the Poker Pro National Championship. Jason was able to defeat Gene Gregorio heads up for the win. Both players qualified for the December 3rd National Championship, but for the victory Jason receives the airfare allowance and the free hotel stay. We look for both of these fierce competitors from Texas to make a run for the 1st place Poker Pro $10,000 contract.
Christmas has arrived a bit early for one lucky player, Cindy Bellanger from Arlington, TX scratched off a straight flush to win $200 and a seat in the Vegas or Bust National Championship this summer! Cindy took all seven attempts, but in the end nailed it. The first attempt was a blank then she proceeded to get the 9,10,Q,K of diamonds in the next four attempts. Scratch six was a bust; however number seven she nailed the gutshot J of diamonds to win!!!
The Texas State Tournament was held on Sunday May 1st at Tollie's BBQ in Arlington, Texas. 26 players came out to attempt to win their way to Sin City and play in the National Championship. The cards started flying and our first casualty came within the first 20 minutes when AK came up against pocket Aces after an Ace came on the flop...