News and events from the Nebraska Poker League

Travis Tunink Wins

Travis Tunink from Lincoln will be headed to the western Caribbean in April to compete for the $10,000 "Highroller" grand prize  Tunink was the lone survivor of the Nebraska Poker League’s State Championship held over the weekend at Legends Sports Bar. 

“I have a lot of friends right now,” Tunink replied when asked who he would be bringing with him on the cruise. 

Tunink, 26, defeated Wayne Mart, also from Lincoln, when he drew a straight in the final hand of the contest.  Holding pocket deuces, Tunink moved in on Mart following a 3-4-5 flop.  Mart held 3-4 for two-pair and called Tunink’s all-in.  Tunink’s followers went wild when he drew an ace to make a straight and win the tournament.  It was a huge draw that paid off bigtime for Travis.

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Many familiar faces place in the top 25

With the first session of "Ship It!" in the books there are many familiar faces that placed in the top 25 who are qualified for the state championship.  Many of these players have championship experience, final table appearances, as well as being crowned champion.  Congratulations to Jeff Merrill, the overall points champion in session 1, Ron Sjullie, John Harms, Rod Lovig, Bob Drozad, Sue Bernstien, Janet McGrane, Trevor Prai, Brad Hitz, and Bob Timberlake.

We look forward to seeing all of you again at the upcoming championship and all new qualifiers who will be playing in their first championship.

Nebraska State Championship Preview

The top players in the Nebraska Poker League will get their shot this weekend at the state championship in Lincoln, where the top 2 players will earn a $2500 package to Las Vegas to play in a 2008 World Series of Poker event, plus a seat in the Free Poker Network national finals where they could win another entry to the $10,000 main event.

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Jeff Merrill Does It Again

{sidebar id=11}Jeff Merrill took down the state final for Vegas Invasion in Nebraska, becoming the first ever league player to win 2 state titles!  Jeff previously won the fall 2006 state title and a trip the Bahamas to play in the WPT Caribbean Adventure main event. 

Having already qualified for nationals directly as league champ at Double T's-Sundays, Jeff was already planning his trip to Vegas and a shot at the big prizes at nationals.  He topped off a great summer poker league run by taking 1st place in the regional to earn the extra expense money AND the party pass!  Well done, Jeff, and congrats to all 9 qualifiers from Nebraska.  7 out of the 9 Nebraska qualifiers were from Columbus.

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Former Champs Qualify Again

Previous winners Larry Culhane, Jeff Schulz, Vern Runyan, and Jeff Merrill are among the qualifiers for the upcoming Nebraska Poker League Championship in Lincoln.  The championship event will very exciting, we can't wait to see who wins a trip to Las Vegas and a seat in the WSOP!

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