News and events from the South Dakota region.

Craig Behrens Wins Jan 1st Sin City Showdown Qualifier

cbehrens-010611-eCraig Behrens from Sioux Falls, SD broke through on Saturday evening, winning the monthly championship online for a trip to Las Vegas and a seat in the Sin City Showdown national final! Craig has been a regular in the league, having made 4 state championship tournaments in the past. It turns out 2011 might be his big year...Craig was the lone survivor among 130 players who qualified for the monthly final, he plays at Senor Wiener in Sioux Falls and is currently qualified for the fall playoffs. Larry Johnson from West Fargo, ND placed runner up and will receive an iPod Shuffle. Both winners prove it pays to play those game cards!

Gloe, Davis Pick Up SD Gold Rush 2 Wins

sd_winners_160wThe Corner Bar in Rosholt, SD, welcomed more than 80 Gold Rush 2 state qualifiers this past Saturday, Nov. 6 for the state's 15th championship event. With five past champions in the field, 12 players with final table experience and six double chip stacks, everyone was set to play their best in order to pick up one of the TWO grand prize packages in our Gold Rush 2 Promotion. But of course, only TWO would walk away as the overall champs, and surprisingly it was Terry Gloe (Bucks - Sioux Falls) and Jason Davis (Alpine - Sioux Falls) who managed to walk away with the three-night stay at the Golden Nugget, airfare package and seats in our $20,000 cash national championship. I say surprisingly because neither Gloe or Davis had previous final table experience or a state championship title under their belt. Guess poker really still can be anyone's game! 

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SD Champ Troy Sattler Cashes at the 2010 WSOP!

070210-tsattlerThe success stories for South Dakota league players keep rolling in from the Destination Las Vegas: 2010 WSOP promotion! Roslyn resident and DLV state champ Troy Sattler placed 278 out of 3,844 entrants in the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #54, cashing out for $2,110.

Sattler earned his seat and the $1,000 buy-in for the WSOP Event #54, held at the Rio in Las Vegas starting Friday, July 2nd, by playing FREE weekly games organized by DPL on Wednesday nights at the Decoy Bar in Webster. He then qualified at the regional level to make it to the state tournament held at the Stadium Sports Grill in Madison this past May where he was one of two lucky players to earn a guaranteed seat in Event #54 as well as a free three-night stay on the Las Vegas Strip and airfare allowance.

Sattler had a one in 24 chance to turn his $1,000 buy-in into a $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat during the Free Poker Network’s (FPN) Destination Las Vegas: WSOP 2010 National Championship on Thursday, July 1st at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, but it wasn’t in the cards for him that day. However, he did manage to make the most of his FREE $1,000 buy-in to Event #54 by placing in the money and bringing home some cold hard cash.

Pete Bushey, FPN’s administrator who attended the event, said: “Sattler was very short stacked throughout most of the tournament. He didn’t think he’d make the money, but he ended up holding on and went home with a nice stack of cash. We’re very happy for him.”

Tyndall's Sportsman's Rendezvous Home to Two Distinct National Champs!

Congratulations are in order to the Sportsman's Rendezvous in Tyndall, which set a league record during our Destination Las Vegas National Championship this July by producing yet another player to take down a national championship event! That's right, Tyndall resident Brian Kozak managed to take down a field of 24 players--including two-time national qualifier Nels Peterson (runner up) of Waite Park, MN, and fellow South Dakotan and Roslyn resident Troy Sattler (3rd place)--on July 1st at Caesar's Palace to become our latest National Champion! 

For his win, Kozak walked away with an optional prize package including a $2,500 buy-in to WSOP Event #56, cold hard cash, and two tickets to UFC: 116 featuring South Dakota’s Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (valued at more than $600). Kozak’s win adds to the stories of success coming from the Sportsmen's Rendezvous, a small-town bar that has had more than its share of big winners since joining the Dakota Poker League a few years ago. Former national champion Doug Magee, who also played out of the Sportsman's Rendezvous in Tyndall, won the DPL’s Ship It promotion in spring 2009. Between these two poker players, Sportsman's has managed to produce two national champions out of a field of more than 10,000 players nationwide.

“Kozak’s win was impressive, considering the field of 24 players was made up of a former national champion and three other two-time national qualifiers,” said Pete Bushey FPN’s administrator who attended the event. “We were happy and a bit surprised to see another winner come out of Tyndall. They obviously know how to play a strong hand of poker down there.”




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Tyndall Resident Brian Kozak Wins National Poker Championship,

 Becomes Second Player from the Sportsman’s Rendezvous to Win National Event

(Las Vegas, NV) July 9, 2010 — The Dakota Poker League (DPL), South Dakota’s leading FREE-to-PLAY Texas Hold’em league, is excited to announce that Tyndall resident Brian Kozak has won its Destination Las Vegas: World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2010 National Championship event held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas Thursday, July 1st. For his win, Kozak walked away with an optional prize package including a $2,500 buy-in to WSOP Event #56, cold hard cash, and two tickets to UFC: 116 featuring South Dakota’s Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (valued at more than $600).

Kozak earned his seat in this 24-player national championship event by playing FREE weekly games organized by DPL and sponsored by the Sportsman’s Rendezvous in Tyndall on Thursday nights. He then qualified at the regional level to make it to the state tournament held at the Stadium in Madison this past May where he was one of two lucky players to earn a seat in the national championship event as well as a free three-night stay on the Las Vegas Strip and airfare allowance.

Kozak defeated two-time national qualifier Nels Peterson (runner up) of Waite Park, MN, and fellow South Dakotan and Roslyn resident Troy Sattler (3rd place) in the end. Kozak’s win adds to the stories of success coming from the Sportsmen's Rendezvous, a small-town bar that has had more than its share of big winners since joining the Dakota Poker League a few years ago. Former national champion Eric Magee, also of Tyndall, won the DPL’s Ship It promotion in spring 2009. Between these two poker players, Tyndall has managed to produce two national champions out of a field of more than 10,000 players nationwide.

“Kozak’s win was impressive, considering the field of 24 players was made up of a former national champion and three other two-time national qualifiers,” said Pete Bushey FPN’s administrator who attended the event. “We were happy and a bit surprised to see another winner come out of Tyndall. They obviously know how to play a strong hand of poker down there.”

Brian Kozak Conquers The Field At Caesars Palace To Become Nat'l Champ

bkozak-1-wBrian Kozak walked away the big winner at Caesars Palace after conquering the field of 24 players in the "Destination Las Vegas: WSOP 2010" championship freeroll. Brian makes South Dakota proud and ads to the stories of success coming from the Sportsmen's Rendezvous, a small-town bar that has had more than its share of big winners since joining the league a few years ago.

Kozak defeated 2-time national qualifier Nels Peterson (runner up) and fellow South Dakotan Troy Sattler (3rd place) in the end. Nels was near the chip lead all evening but had a run of bad luck on the final table. Glen Nichols represented Nebraska well, but finished in 4th place. Defending national champ Andrew Downing from Texas threatened to take down back-to-back championships, but came up short (5th place) in the end. Brian Kozak's supporters cheered wildly when the final hand revealed he was in fact the new National Champ!   

During the tournament Jason Drake posted live updates: twitter.com/FPNPoker

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