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Joel Smith Wins $10,000 Main Event Seat and CASHES!!

Joel Smith from the Rockin Horse in Richville MN became the latest FPN National Champ (winning the "Vegas Vacation" promo) and went on to cash over $15,000 in the 2015 WOrld Series of Poker!

The great state of Minnesota is the largest region in the league!

Cash King Qualifiers for Minnesota

Free Poker Network's Cash King qualifiers from MinnesotaThe Minnesota state tournament for the Cash King promotion took place at Running Aces with 175 players in attendance. The top 30 advanced to the national series with the Top 5 players earning State Champion Trophy, guaranteed Main Event Seat, and a travel voucher. Congrats to all National Series Qualifiers: Ann Robb, Calvin Kessler, Chris Nelson, Christopher Urban, Danielle Spears, Dennis McBride, Gina Arvis, Greg Larson, Heidi Axelson, James Anderson, Jason Hauf, Jeanette Hatle, John Drewes, John Rottman, Jordon Meinke, Kenneth Hagel, Kyle Johnson, LeeAnn Wolff. Lester Hauglid, Marshall Strand, Matt Wolff, Michael Kline, Mike Mills, Mike Summers, Norbert Kreuzer, Paul Meyer, Quinn Olson, Rick Heinecke, Sarah Madison, Shawn Scott, Shawn Zuniga, Stephanie Daas, Tim Fisk, Tracy Husby, Tyler Peterson. The Top 5 State Champs were Adam Dullum, Chris Nelson, Chris Urban, Leeann Wolff, and Lester Hauglid. We look forward to seeing everyone in Vegas Feb 8-10th where someone will take down the $25,000 first place cash prize!

Rob Maier Cashes $7,631 at MSPT Canterbury Park

Reigning National Champion Rob Maier has put one of his poker buy-ins he won in the FPN Rounders Nat'l Championship to good use, by making the final table of the recent MSPT Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN) event. Rob missed out on the first place prize of $109,000 but his final table showing paid $7,631. There were a total of 526 entrants. Rob was knocked out when his A-K went up against the all time MN all time money leader with over $2.7M in career earnings Blake Bohn's 10-10.

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Rusty Sorenson Wins Sept. Scratch Drawing

Rusty Sorenson from Mazeppa, MN had his card drawn for the Sept. scratch poker drawing.  Rusty turned in a pair of 7's and 8's to get qualified.  He can now start packing his bags and planning for the January 28th National Championship in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget Casino! 

Rob Maier is the New National Champion

Over 100 players from around the league flew into Sin City to see who would become the new FPN National Champion.  We gathered at the Stratosphere and the action was furious, but a lot of fun as well. Everyone always wants to have a good showing at Nationals especially with the $10,000 first place package on the line.  In the end the top 30 players all made it into the money. Anyone who made it into the top 30 got a buy-in into Sundays $125 tournament at the Stratosphere. 

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Former Champ Joel Smith Scratches Straight Flush

Former National Champion and poster boy Joel Smith from Henning, MN was lucky enough to scratch off a straight flush!  Joel was able to find the 4-5-6-7-8 of diamonds to earn himself a shot at becoming the first ever two time National Champion and $200 in cash! 

Minnesota Tradition Continues

  • OVer ninety (90) WSOP buy-ins including five (6) $10,000 Main Event seats have been awarded to Minnesota players!
  • Over $338,865 and counting..seats, air/hotel packages, and other bonus prizes have been awarded to Minnesota players since 2005!! This does NOT include prizes given away at nightly events, regional events, and other miscellaneous prizes. This is major prizes only!!!

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