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Gary Lance qualified for Nationals two ways - a seat in the League Champ Championship as an alternate League Champ at the Overtime Bar & Grill in Willmington, DE and also a seat in the King Slayer Championship Main Event by placing 2nd in the New Jersey State Championship. Gary made the best of his opportunity, nearly winning the whole thing. King Slayer runner-up status and $5,000 CASH. Plus, he won $125 worth of bounties along the way.
Some of the fun side action at the recent national series included an opportunity to be drawn to play poker pro Danielle Andersen (MN native) headsup for $100 free. Josh "Big Cheese" Krause was the first player drawn and had a fun match with Danielle, who was a great sport. With Poker Night in America's Chris Hanson calling the action and a gallery of dozens of onlookers, Josh calmly took a couple bad beats and eventually lost to Danielle. It was all in fun, and Danielle gave the $100 bill to Josh anyway. Who knows who we'll see this summer during the World Series -or- Bust national championship.
Pokernew.com live blog update here: https://www.pokernews.com/tours/other-tournaments/fpn-king-slayer-national-championship/main-event/chips.344092.htm
Thomas Gjerde from the Willmar, MN took down the King Slayer Championship Main Event in Las Vegas - and $25,000 CASH. Over $60,000 in cash prizes were awarded over the championship weekend, including $10,000 cash to Friday night's League Champ Championship which was won by Cory Retlzaff from Fargo, ND.
Thomas found himself on his first “TV Table” live stream on delay with Poker Night in America’s Chris Hanson providing commentary, Pokernews.com reporting live updates, and a gallery of 50+ onlookers. Gjerde did not seem phased as he calmly won hand after hand, and eventually took the Crown, the Championship Bracelet, and $25,000 cash. Replays of the live stream are available here: www.twitch.tv/freepokernetwork.
When asked what he would do with the money, he proclaimed “I’m going to put $10,000 away and buy in to the World Series of Poker, it’s been on my bucket list”.