News and events from the North Dakota region. The original since 2005.
Jeff Sickler from Dickinson, ND has made the Vegas or Bust National Championship an even dozen by scratching off four eights. It took all seven attempts, but he still got it done and now will be qualified to play in the National Championship in Las Vegas on Wednesday, July 4th.
66 of the 100 players who qualified to play showed up, and was would be expected, most tables, including the final table, were stacked with great poker players. In the end it was Curt Hoffart besting Brian Breidenbach heads up for the $1500 WSOP package. Curt will represent the Dakota Poker Tour this summer in a WSOP event.
Final table was a great representation of some of the best players throughout the year:
- Curt Hoffart (pictured)
- Brian Breidenbach
- Gordon Ellerson
- Jason Thompson
- Ben Rott
- Darik Demarais
- Rob Thompson
- Sam Johnson
- Joel Smith
- Nathan Kiefert
2nd - 5th received a buy-in to the next day's DPT Event #3, while 6th - 10th received a satellite to win their way into that event. Also, in an interesting twist, the eventual champion Curt, knocked out the regular season points leader, Ron Olson, on his way to victory. This coming year should be even more hotly contested for the freeroll, as the total prize pool will be bigger and 1st will start with a 3x stack, while 2nd - 10th will start with 2x stacks!
We look forward to being able to report on hopefully a very successful run this summer for Curt Hoffart!
Dicky Just from the Lariat Lounge in Wishek, ND was drawn for the January perfect attendance. Dicky attended all five possible weeks, unfortunately not pointing once, but came out the big winner by getting lucky enough to be drawn. Dicky has won a brand new lap top, way to go. February's perfect attendance drawing a new TV. Don't miss a week!
Poker Pro Champ Brandon Dosch has his sights set on his next tournament, the LA Poker Classic. The LA Poker Classic runs for over two weeks with many events. Brandon is still trying to narrow his decision down to which tournament or tournaments to play in. Right now the early favorite is on Monday, February 20th event number 38. It is a two day event, $1,070 buy-in, and of course no limit hold'em. There are three other events still in the mix and we will keep you posted.
FPN Poker Pro Champion Brandon Dosch from the Bowler in Fargo, ND immediately proved his status as National Champ by nearly winning the Five Diamond Classic Event #13 ($1,080 buy-in), the first of several events Brandon will play in 2012 thanks to winning the FPN Poker Pro package. Brandon navigated the field of 246 to eventually finish 4th for over $16,000! Along the way he played against Barry Greenstein and other famous and successful poker players from all over the world. After the event, Brandon said he was "tired" but was excited about the playing more in 2012. Thanks for representing the league so well Brandon and good luck!