On an otherwise uneventful summer Monday night last June, Michael Ackerman was at Port 104 Bar in Lake City and decided to go ahead and play cards in their weekly poker night. There were 16 players. Michael ended up winning the night. As part of the poker night promotion, weekly winners got a chance to play a “Scratch Poker” card for a random chance to win cash and a seat in the Free Poker Network’s national final. Sure enough, Michael scratched 4-of-a-kind, good for $200 cash and a seat in the “Cash King” national championship in Las Vegas, a Freeroll finale with $50,000 in cash prizes up for grabs.
Ackermann made the best of that opportunity.
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Bob Tweten, League Champ of the Spring session at El Roco in Grand Forks, one of the ORIGINAL players dating back to the early days of the poker league (has at least 54 all-time wins in the league since 2007), beat THE BLIZZARD and 230 national qualifiers to take The CROWN, The TROPHY, and The CASH.
What a weekend.
In a streak of bad luck for everyone involved, The Blizzard of 2019 turned in to a serious threat to the Cash King National Championship. Flights were cancelled. Roads were closed. Players throughout the upper Midwest flying out of Chicago, Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, Fargo, and Grand Forks, and possibly others (?) dealt with serious delays or cancelled flights. For the majority of players in the league, just getting to Vegas was a win. We heard story after story about players and their nightmarish travel situations, many doing whatever it took to get out of town, including driving in blizzard conditions.
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