News and events in the Maryland region.

Bob Blair's day ends a little early at the National Championship

On June 29th at the Orleans Casino in fabulous Las Vegas 25 players from all over the country had flown in for a shot at the coveted World Series of Poker main event seat worth $10,000.  Bob Blair from Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium was among the last 25 players remaining in the Destination Las Vegas promotion.  Bob had won $1,000 in travel expenses from the league to make his way to Las Vegas.

It was a fun time meeting Bob as he represented Maryland well, making it half way through the field.  But the dream of winning it ended in 17th place.  Bob's spirits still remained high as it was a nice get away vacation for him.  He looks forwarded to making another championship appearance in the future as he is off to a great start by winning his league at Hightopps in the first session of the Vegas Invasion promotion.

The eventual winner of the National Championship was Clay Lipke from Breezy Point in Minnesota.

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Maryland Championship Live Updates

Bob Blair Maryland PokerThe Maryland Championship is underway...WE HAVE A WINNER!  Bob Blair from Hightopps Backstage Grille is the first ever Free Poker Network Champion out of Maryland!!!

Bob has earned travel expenses up to $1,000 for his trip to Las Vegas to compete in the national championship, a 26-player freeroll for a $10,000 main event seat!  Eric Leatherman from Mad River was the runner up, earning a new Ipod Nano as a consolation prize.   Congrats to Bob and all the finalists in the Destination Las Vegas contest for a great run.  We wish Bob the best and will have some photos from the championship event soon.

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Destination Las Vegas Championship

The Regional Championship Tournament is almost here!  One lucky winner will win airfare and hotel to Las Vegas to compete in the National Championship to play in a 26 person tournament where the overall winner will win a $10,000 seat into this years World Series of Poker Main Event...

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Russ Raynor Cruising

Russ Rayner is cruising towards qualifying for the upcoming Maryland Championship.  He currently has a commanding lead at Jad's Caddy Shack in Essex with two 1st place finishes and four 2nd place finishes to date.  We look forward to seeing who comes will win a $1,000 package to Las Vegas to play in the exclusive National Championship.

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