News and events from the North Dakota region. The original since 2005.

Season 1 Championship Tournament May 05

What a tournament...90 players started the 2-day event.  Despite a 5000 starting chip count & 1/2 hour blinds, 3 players were finished in the opening round!  The play was fast & furious and it was obvious that everyone who made it this far was playing to win. Larry Ristvedt (Elks, Fargo) got off to a great start, as did Jeff Neiber (Trophy's, Wahpeton).  Many league champs including overall points leader Casey Asche (Playmakers, Fargo) couldn't get anything going and fell early in the tournament...

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2004 WSOP Champ Greg Raymer Lobbies For Internet Poker Bill in Bismarck

Greg Raymer visits Bismarck

2004 WSOP Champ Greg Raymer visits Bismarck
Dakota Poker League members get opportunity to meet, play cards with world champ!  We had a great time meeting Greg Raymer and the other poker industry movers and shakers including Allyn Jaffrey Shulman (Card Player Magazine), Lee Jones (Poker Stars) and Nigel Payne (Paradise Poker), among others.  All were present to support the internet poker bill.  However, HB1509 & HCR 3035 were defeated. 
(Pictured: Brook Lyter, Jason Drake & Greg "Fossilman" Raymer) Photo by Greg Lang-Heartland Poker Tour.

Heartland Poker Tour Firsthand

Heartland Poker Tour Season 1 Underway
8/15/05 | The Heartland Poker Tour is scheduled to broadcast its first season beginning October 1st.  The tour will air an hour-long show on cable networks Fox Sports Net-North & Comcast, as well as several local television stations in the region.  Having experienced their production first hand, I can tell you the show is well produced and should be a big hit.  Recently I made the final table for the first show and took 5th place.  The tournament was held at Jackpot Junction in Morton, MN.  Dakota Poker League is working with the Heartland Poker Tour founders, Greg Lang & Todd Anderson (Fargo) to sponsor satellite tournaments for members of Dakota & Minnesota Poker Leagues.  For details and a complete list of events, visit the Heartland Poker Tour website.

3 Local players make TV final table on HPT

3 Dakota Poker League players make final table at Heartland Poker Tour Event in Thief River Falls, MN.  

11/5/05 | Congratulations to Clayton Lilleby (Playmakers), Chad Ransom (M&J Saloon), and Dana Mjoness (Bucks-Fargo-host).  All three made the final table at the recent HPT event at Seven Clans Casino.  We're looking forward to seeing the three on TV!

Clayton Lilleby took 2nd and cashed $11,166!

Chad Ransom (pictured above) celebrated his birthday with a 5th place finish and $4785.  Dana Mjoness finished 6th and took home $3988.


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