News and events from the Illinois region.

What's it like to play at Nationals?

The following article was submitted to us after the last Nationals and is from a players perspective.  We figured now would be a good time to share with Nationals just around the corner. 

I wrote the following to accommodate the majority of questions my fellow players were asking and have returned to normal life as some kind of hero. Undeserved of course but feel they are vicariously through me enjoying the excitement of playing in the big game.

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15 IL State Champions

In one of the fastest growing regions/state Illinois held their state championship this past weekend with 15 players all making it to Nationals.  Congrats to Phil Heintz (overall champion), Bonnie Shank, Mike Sabbia, Debbie Edwards, John Edwards, Lynda Hansell, Jack Strumpf, Pat Kafka, Steve Billingslea, Peter Danschisin, Joey Garibay, Rich Conboy, Laura Michalowicz, Bob Collopy, and Wendy Adamczyk-Deandrea.  We look forward to seeing you all in Vegas. 

2 IL Players Qualify for Nationals

JerryVCongratulations to Jerry Vokral (pictured) and Tony Canovas from Illinois.  Jerry was drawn in the perfect attendance drawing and Tony scratched off quad 9's to qualify for the National Championship in January.  Pack your bags guys you are going to compete for $25,000 worth of prizes this winter!

Chicago area on a hot streak....

Congratulations to Dan Goyette from Chicago IL and Richard Niezabitowski also from Chicago for recently winning the scratch poker drawings.  Dan's card was pulled in January and Richard's card was pulled in February.  Each are now both qualified for Nationals this upcoming summer. 

Anthony Berkman Turns in 4 of a Kind

Anthony Berkman is packing his bags as he has turned in 4 of a kind on a scratch ticket.  Anthony scratched off 4 aces to qualify for Nationals later this year.  Anthony is from Medinah, IL and plays at quite a few bars in the IL region.  Congrats Anthony!

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