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!

Rob Maier is the New National Champion

Back on January 27th of 2018 over 100 people from all over the country 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. 

We also threw a little bonus in for the final table as everyone who made the final table qualified for the next National Championship on June 2nd at the Golden Nugget.  The lucky players at the final table were:

Mike Marek- MN/ND
Mike Sabbia - IL
Matt Loken - MN
Mark Volz - NY
Lori Fuglestad - ND
Michael Gronewold - MN
Mike Mejia - IL
Brian Gurewich - IL

2nd place was Phil Heintz from IL who won a $1,000 poker package and the overall winner and new FPN National Champion is Rob Maier from MN.  Rob won $5,000 cash on the spot and $5,000 worth of tournament buy-ins.  Phil plays in the Twin Cities area. 

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! 

Tim Kasper Scratches off 4 Aces!

Timothy Kasper from Albert Lea, MN recently turned in a scratch card with 4 aces.  He took all seven attempts, but he found all four.  Tim is now qualified for Nationals this winter.  Congrats Tim!

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! 

Dianna Cogswell Wins Seat at Nationals

Dianna Cogswell who plays out of Nana Chelle's in Bovey, MN was drawn for the February perfect attendance.  Dianna showed up all four weeks at Nana's by doing so she has won a spot at National this Summer.  We will be drawing for the March perfect attendance in a couple weeks.  Remember even if you are out of the points race there are many, many different ways to get qualified for Nationals!

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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