Poster boy and national champ Jimmy Miles from Rochester, MN has qualified and will defend his title! Nearly 150 players have qualified for a shot at winning the $10,000 Poker Package which includes $2,000 cash, $5,000 worth of tournament buyins, as well as air/hotel, limo, dinner, and show tickets! Who will win?? The field is chock full of great players and former champs, including the original league champion Derek Melicher (pictured, 2005) who famously busted to Phil Ivey. Derek went on to a career in poker world which has included business management of the Heartland Poker Tour and recently America's Poker Tour. We look forward to reuniting with Derek!
Altogether there are a total of 156 qualifiers from 16 different states flying into Vegas for their shot at winning big. We expect about 100 or so players to hit the tables at 10am Vegas time on January 28th. Of those 156, 13 of them were lucky enough to get double stacked qualifying multiple ways to Nationals. However, the odds on favorite at the very beginning of the tournament will be Dave Johnson from Illinois as he is the only triple stack. Dave qualified at the IL State Championship and took down two Super TOC’s.
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The new year starts off with a bang as we have a flurry of winners to report on. Al Pineda from O'Malley's Pub in Aurora, IL won the perfect attendance for November. By just showing up he won himself a new kindle fire. Laurie Kasper from Albert Lea, MN was the Dec mid month 2 pair or better winner turning in a pair of aces and 9's. Ironically her husband Tim will be in Vegas at the end of the month to compete in the National Championship. Now they have good reason to go back in the summer as Laurie is qualified for the next National Championship. Bradford Schiller from Isanti, MN turned in quad 10's to get qualified for the Poker Gods National Championship as well. Joining both Laurie and Bradford is Lester Duncan from Paoli, IN as he was the Jan 1st FPN online winner. Congrats to all four!