News and events from the New York region.

Don Whitley Wins WSOP Seat

don-whitley 160wDon Whitley from Highland, NY was a dominate force in the recent Vegas or Bust National Championship.  Altogether there were 99 competitors that came from 19 different states to Las Vegas at the MGM poker room.  Don is no stranger to championship events having competed six months ago in the Poker Pro National Championship.  While their Don won the first chance tournament for his spot in this Vegas or Bust National Championship. 

In his second attempt Don played solid poker all day and came in eleventh place to win himself a $1,000 seat into the World Series of Poker Event #59 the following day.  The top eleven players all won a seat into Event #59 with the overall winner also receiving a $10,000 Main Event Seat.  Altogether over $22,000 in cash and prizes were awarded and Don was able to get a piece of that.

Club House Race Book Kickoffs with a Bang

albany kickoffThe Club House Race Book in Albany New York kicked off with a bang, brining in 62 players on its opening night. The Clubhouse Race Book is a brand new, state-of-the-art horseracing, simulcasting and sports facility in the heart of Albany, New York. The Club House Race Book will continue playing on Tuesday nights at 7pm qualifying players for the Vegas or Bust promotion throughout the month of March. Good luck!

New York "Vegas or Bust" State Championship Preview

pete mic 200wThe Club House Racebook in Albany will host the "Vegas or Bust" state final this weekend. League administrator Pete Bushey (pictured right) will be on hand as tournament director and to emcee all the action! Who are the best players in the state? The top 8 players will earn a seat in the exclusive national final in Las Vegas where twelve (12) seats to bracelet WSOP events will be awarded, including a giant trophy and $10,000 main event seat for the national champ. During the past few months, the New York region has blossomed since the State Liquor Authority's ruling that FREE poker does NOT constitute gambling.

During the Vegas or Bust promotion, a total of 128 players from around the state have qualified for the final at The Club House Racebook. That's quite difference from the very first state final which had only 10 players! The winners this weekend will join two other New Yorkers who have already qualified for nationals, Don Whitley from Highland (previous national qualifier and winner of the "First Chance" bonus tournament in Vegas during the FPN Poker Pro final) and Harry Hull IV from Troy (Scratch Poker winner). Of the 128 qualifiers, 13 players have earned a double stack starting bonus for qualifying for state in both the Fall and Winter quarters...

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Don Whitley Qualifies for Vegas or Bust

don w2Don Whitley from New York is one of the few handful of people who has secured his spot in the Vegas or Bust National Championship in end of June, beginning of July.  At the Poker Pro National Championship we had a $65 buy-in tournament with an overlay of a seat into the next National Championship for first place.  Don was able to win the tournament which also came with an $826 payday.

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