Long time league poker player Ryan Weinzierl had his two pair or better card was drawn out recently to qualify him for the National Championship in Las Vegas. Ryan and his wife have played at Courtney's Comedy Club in Moorhead for quite some time. Ryan scratched off exactly two pair with a pair of jacks and threes to get qualified. Congratulations Ryan!
Arnold Andrews from the hot bed of poker in West, Nebraska was the big winner on December 1st. He took down the FPN online tournament to secure his spot in the upcoming National Championship this summer. North Platte has had many qualifiers and winners at Nationals and Arnold will look to continue the tradition.
Steve O’Connor from the Chicago area was anointed the new National Championship on November 14th! Steve can be found at a lot of league nights during week as he plays out of Sullivan’s, Q Bar, Philly T’s, and JJ’s Primetime in the Chicago land area. Steve qualified by winning a Super TOC at one of the bars he plays at. He bested a field of 93 other rock star players as at the National Championship we are down to the best of the best.
Throughout the day Steve played solid collecting chips through the whole tournament. Steve took the chip lead on the final table when his AA went up against KK knocking out a player. When it was down to the final three Steve had 75% of the chips in play as it was a matter of time before he put the hammerlock on the tournament to end it.
It was a very tough final table as former National Champion Brandon Dosch (ND) finished in third as he became the closest ever to become a repeat National Champion. Second place was no slouch as Mike Heinecke (MN) is new to free poker, but his father has been playing in the league for years. He has definitely tough Mike the ropes as he played a solid tournament all day as well. In fourth place was Cheri Snedden (IN) who was making her 3rd National Championship appearance and had previously won a WSOP bracelet event buy-in through the league.
In just two days we will crown a new LEAGUE CHAMPION! We can't wait to see who emerges as the next "FPN Poker Pro" and be featured in the Heartland Poker Tour-Stratosphere event! The HPT Dream Package finale is Friday November 14th at 12pm (PT). About 100 players from representing 18 different states from around the league are making their way to Las Vegas as we speak. In addition to the grand prize, the top 20 players will earn HPT buy-ins. We are excited to see everyone soon!
Just recently Karmin Miskowic from Sauk Rapids, MN turned in quad fours on a scratch poker card to be one of the first qualifiers for the current promotion "Vegas Vacation". Karen can now start making plans to be in Vegas this summer for the Vegas Vacation National Championship. Congrats!