We were saddened to learn the news that former Dakota Poker League state champion Joyce Whitmore from Hope, ND passed away unexpectedly at the end of January. Back in 2007 before the formation of FPN things were separated by state champions. Joyce beat the whole state of ND to win a $10,000 WSOP Main Event Seat. She played that summer and held the title for the longest lasting FPN player ever in the WSOP until 2015. Joyce made it to day 3 playing some unbelievable remarkable poker just falling short of making it into the money. Joyce played in multiple leagues in her area and will be missed at the tables.