On Saturday October 30th Texas poker players gathered around at Reeds American Grill to decide who would be the next representative of Texas at the FPN National Championship in Las Vegas. The tournament started out fast as Paul Poropatic was the unlucky first one out. Paul is a fast and furious player where its either out early or running through the tournament. Things slowed down for a bit, but after a while Gene Gregorio was eliminated when his two pair ran into trips. It took over an hour before the next person to get knocked out as the play tightened a bit as all the players were keeping their eye on the prize.
After a six hour grindfest we had finally arrived at our final three players and things tightned up once again. For the next 45 minutes the chips just seemed to circulate around the table. Justin Chapman was able to take out Gary Knowles after a flop of 10-J-4. Both players got them all in there, Gary was holding top pair top kicker and just had 9-10, but the river fell another 10 to steal the pot from Gary and knock him out.
Justin and Kay Dipalma played heads up for over an hour. After the mental exhaustion of the championship tournament Kay moved all in with A-J only to run into trip 10's by Justin giving him the title of the new Texas State Champion.
By winning Justin has won a seat into the very exclusive National Championship in Las Vegas and will be competing with 25 other players from around the country. There will be $20,000 in cash up for grabs with $5,000 of it going to the winner. We look forward to seeing Justin in Las Vegas.