Fresh off his National Championship victory just one month ago in the Fall Spectacular promotion, Andrew Downing of Texas has done it again! He was the winner of the Texas state championship held this past weekend and will be heading back to Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker. He will also compete against 24 other players in the National Championship with the winner getting a buy-in into the World Series of Poker Main Event. Andrew will be trying to become the first ever Free Poker Network player to become a two time National Champion.
The Destination Las Vegas Texas State Championship was held this past Sunday, May 23, at the Armadillo in Everyman, with the action getting way at 1 pm sharp. There were 45 qualifers from across the state vying for their spot at the final table, but in the end it cam down to a heads-up match between reigning champ Andrew Downing, who plays out of 3rd Base and Habanero's in Arlington, and Jim Albright, who plays out of Reeds American Grill and Tavern in Arlington. The two battled it out during the final hand when Jim went all-in pre-flop holding Q-9 and Andrew calling with A-Q. The flop came 2-2-9 and it looked like Jim might have him beat, but when the turn showed an Ace and the river brought a Queen, it was all over for Jim. Of course, we sent Jim off with a prize worthy of all the hard work he's put into his game--a brand new black Wii, complete with Wii sport and Wii resort! Congratulations to both Jim and Andrew for beating out the other opponents and making it to the final two!