Thomas Gjerde from the Willmar, MN took down the King Slayer Championship Main Event in Las Vegas - and $25,000 CASH. Over $60,000 in cash prizes were awarded over the championship weekend, including $10,000 cash to Friday night's League Champ Championship which was won by Cory Retlzaff from Fargo, ND.
Thomas found himself on his first “TV Table” live stream on delay with Poker Night in America’s Chris Hanson providing commentary, Pokernews.com reporting live updates, and a gallery of 50+ onlookers. Gjerde did not seem phased as he calmly won hand after hand, and eventually took the Crown, the Championship Bracelet, and $25,000 cash. Replays of the live stream are available here: www.twitch.tv/freepokernetwork.
When asked what he would do with the money, he proclaimed “I’m going to put $10,000 away and buy in to the World Series of Poker, it’s been on my bucket list”.