On an otherwise uneventful summer Monday night last June, Michael Ackerman was at Port 104 Bar in Lake City and decided to go ahead and play cards in their weekly poker night. There were 16 players. Michael ended up winning the night. As part of the poker night promotion, weekly winners got a chance to play a “Scratch Poker” card for a random chance to win cash and a seat in the Free Poker Network’s national final. Sure enough, Michael scratched 4-of-a-kind, good for $200 cash and a seat in the “Cash King” national championship in Las Vegas, a Freeroll finale with $50,000 in cash prizes up for grabs.
Ackermann made the best of that opportunity.
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The Minnesota state tournament for the Cash King promotion took place at Running Aces with 175 players in attendance. The top 30 advanced to the national series with the Top 5 players earning State Champion Trophy, guaranteed Main Event Seat, and a travel voucher. Congrats to all National Series Qualifiers: Ann Robb, Calvin Kessler, Chris Nelson, Christopher Urban, Danielle Spears, Dennis McBride, Gina Arvis, Greg Larson, Heidi Axelson, James Anderson, Jason Hauf, Jeanette Hatle, John Drewes, John Rottman, Jordon Meinke, Kenneth Hagel, Kyle Johnson, LeeAnn Wolff. Lester Hauglid, Marshall Strand, Matt Wolff, Michael Kline, Mike Mills, Mike Summers, Norbert Kreuzer, Paul Meyer, Quinn Olson, Rick Heinecke, Sarah Madison, Shawn Scott, Shawn Zuniga, Stephanie Daas, Tim Fisk, Tracy Husby, Tyler Peterson. The Top 5 State Champs were Adam Dullum, Chris Nelson, Chris Urban, Leeann Wolff, and Lester Hauglid. We look forward to seeing everyone in Vegas Feb 8-10th where someone will take down the $25,000 first place cash prize!
Over 100 players from around the league 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.
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Reigning National Champion Rob Maier has put one of his poker buy-ins he won in the FPN Rounders Nat'l Championship to good use, by making the final table of the recent MSPT Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN) event. Rob missed out on the first place prize of $109,000 but his final table showing paid $7,631. There were a total of 526 entrants. Rob was knocked out when his A-K went up against the all time MN all time money leader with over $2.7M in career earnings Blake Bohn's 10-10.
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