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News and events from the South Dakota region.

Sportsmen's Rendezvous Hosts Sin City Showdown State Championship

90 players from around the state of South Dakota have qualified for this championship tournament. The top 6 players earn a seat in the Sin City Showdown National Final on July 2nd in Las Vegas.

Players to watch: Brian Kozak is a former National Champion, representing the hometown bar Sportsmen's Rendezvous! He was the big winner of the Destination Las Vegas 2010 contest.Terry Gloe is the reigning state champ who played in the Gold Rush 2 National Championship this past December. Tanya Rausis is playing in her 5th straight state championship and has come close with a final table appearance. She is looking earn her way to Vegas and make a big splash!Troy Sattler, Brad Badten, Curt Swier, Eric Tycz, and Dave Halvorson all have championship experience having won a major prize package in the league in the past.This may be the toughest championship field in SD ever!

Thanks to the staff at the Sportsmen's Rendezvous for hosting this championship event and GOOD LUCK PLAYERS!

All Three SD Regional This Weekend

sin-city-playoffsAll three South Dakota Regionals will take place this weekend.  The Northeast corner of the state will be playing in Aberdeen on Saturday night April 9th at 7pm.  The Southeast corner will either be attending the Saturday April 9th regional at noon or the Sunday April 10th regional at noon.  All regional and direct qualifiers will come together on Sunday April 17th in Tyndall for the state championship with a 1pm start.  Good Luck!

Gloe, Davis Pick Up SD Gold Rush 2 Wins

sd_winners_160wThe Corner Bar in Rosholt, SD, welcomed more than 80 Gold Rush 2 state qualifiers this past Saturday, Nov. 6 for the state's 15th championship event. With five past champions in the field, 12 players with final table experience and six double chip stacks, everyone was set to play their best in order to pick up one of the TWO grand prize packages in our Gold Rush 2 Promotion. But of course, only TWO would walk away as the overall champs, and surprisingly it was Terry Gloe (Bucks - Sioux Falls) and Jason Davis (Alpine - Sioux Falls) who managed to walk away with the three-night stay at the Golden Nugget, airfare package and seats in our $20,000 cash national championship. I say surprisingly because neither Gloe or Davis had previous final table experience or a state championship title under their belt. Guess poker really still can be anyone's game! 

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Craig Behrens Wins Jan 1st Sin City Showdown Qualifier

cbehrens-010611-eCraig Behrens from Sioux Falls, SD broke through on Saturday evening, winning the monthly championship online for a trip to Las Vegas and a seat in the Sin City Showdown national final! Craig has been a regular in the league, having made 4 state championship tournaments in the past. It turns out 2011 might be his big year...Craig was the lone survivor among 130 players who qualified for the monthly final, he plays at Senor Wiener in Sioux Falls and is currently qualified for the fall playoffs. Larry Johnson from West Fargo, ND placed runner up and will receive an iPod Shuffle. Both winners prove it pays to play those game cards!

Tyndall's Sportsman's Rendezvous Home to Two Distinct National Champs!

Congratulations are in order to the Sportsman's Rendezvous in Tyndall, which set a league record during our Destination Las Vegas National Championship this July by producing yet another player to take down a national championship event! That's right, Tyndall resident Brian Kozak managed to take down a field of 24 players--including two-time national qualifier Nels Peterson (runner up) of Waite Park, MN, and fellow South Dakotan and Roslyn resident Troy Sattler (3rd place)--on July 1st at Caesar's Palace to become our latest National Champion! 

For his win, Kozak walked away with an optional prize package including a $2,500 buy-in to WSOP Event #56, cold hard cash, and two tickets to UFC: 116 featuring South Dakota’s Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (valued at more than $600). Kozak’s win adds to the stories of success coming from the Sportsmen's Rendezvous, a small-town bar that has had more than its share of big winners since joining the Dakota Poker League a few years ago. Former national champion Doug Magee, who also played out of the Sportsman's Rendezvous in Tyndall, won the DPL’s Ship It promotion in spring 2009. Between these two poker players, Sportsman's has managed to produce two national champions out of a field of more than 10,000 players nationwide.

“Kozak’s win was impressive, considering the field of 24 players was made up of a former national champion and three other two-time national qualifiers,” said Pete Bushey FPN’s administrator who attended the event. “We were happy and a bit surprised to see another winner come out of Tyndall. They obviously know how to play a strong hand of poker down there.”




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Tyndall Resident Brian Kozak Wins National Poker Championship,

 Becomes Second Player from the Sportsman’s Rendezvous to Win National Event

(Las Vegas, NV) July 9, 2010 — The Dakota Poker League (DPL), South Dakota’s leading FREE-to-PLAY Texas Hold’em league, is excited to announce that Tyndall resident Brian Kozak has won its Destination Las Vegas: World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2010 National Championship event held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas Thursday, July 1st. For his win, Kozak walked away with an optional prize package including a $2,500 buy-in to WSOP Event #56, cold hard cash, and two tickets to UFC: 116 featuring South Dakota’s Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (valued at more than $600).

Kozak earned his seat in this 24-player national championship event by playing FREE weekly games organized by DPL and sponsored by the Sportsman’s Rendezvous in Tyndall on Thursday nights. He then qualified at the regional level to make it to the state tournament held at the Stadium in Madison this past May where he was one of two lucky players to earn a seat in the national championship event as well as a free three-night stay on the Las Vegas Strip and airfare allowance.

Kozak defeated two-time national qualifier Nels Peterson (runner up) of Waite Park, MN, and fellow South Dakotan and Roslyn resident Troy Sattler (3rd place) in the end. Kozak’s win adds to the stories of success coming from the Sportsmen's Rendezvous, a small-town bar that has had more than its share of big winners since joining the Dakota Poker League a few years ago. Former national champion Eric Magee, also of Tyndall, won the DPL’s Ship It promotion in spring 2009. Between these two poker players, Tyndall has managed to produce two national champions out of a field of more than 10,000 players nationwide.

“Kozak’s win was impressive, considering the field of 24 players was made up of a former national champion and three other two-time national qualifiers,” said Pete Bushey FPN’s administrator who attended the event. “We were happy and a bit surprised to see another winner come out of Tyndall. They obviously know how to play a strong hand of poker down there.”

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