News and events from the Illinois region.
Mike Sabbia from Orland Park, IL won $110,402 in the latest Heartland Poker Tour Event #11 0Ameristar East Chicago Event. Mike is a League Champ at Jack's - Chicago Ridge Wednesday nights and is currently qualified for the upcoming Cash King National Series Feb 8-10th. CONGRATS and way to go Mike!!! (photo courtesy of Heartland Poker Tour)
Nice turnout of 101 out of 115 qualifiers for the Illinois State Championship recently held at Chuck's Cafe in Darien. Brook & Jason from home office attended the event and brought a nice bonus prize consisting of a pair of Chicago Bears vs LA Rams tickets. Sue & Vyto Liskunas won the tickets in a drawing. The tournament played fast and at the end there were 25 qualifiers left standing: Phil Heintz, Mike Mejia, Alex Aguirre, Adam Lender, John Aduana, Brett Zimmerma, Chris Z, Russell Holder, Stefan Carlos, Melissa Block, Maksimilian D, Joe Foster, Bill Allivato, Jack Smith, Wesley Streblo, Kadey Easton, Julie Stahler, Wendy Adamczyk D'Andrea, Jeffrey Heraud, Earl Robb, Mark Wright. The final four players earned State Champ designation along with a championship Trophy, $300 travel voucher, and the coveted MAIN EVENT seat in Nationals: Richard Korel, Bonnie Bona, Lynda Hansell, and Craig Ashley. The tournament got over just in time for the nasty winter storm that dumped about 6-12 inches of heavy snow making the trip home a little interesting! Congrats to all qualifiers, the Illinois chapter of the league will have a lot of players representing at nationals!
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.
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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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.