Travis Schumaker from Fergus Falls, Minnesota earned a $10,000 Heartland Poker Tour “Dream Package”, consisting of $2,000 cash, three (3) Heartland Poker Tour main event buy-ins, and airfare/hotel accommodations in the promotion sponsored by the Free Poker Network. He also received a trophy the size of the Stratosphere to show off back home. He was one of dozens of players from the MN/ND/SD region of the poker league to qualify for the championship freeroll.
Proper congratulations goes out to Brian Briedenbach for winning the 2013 Spring DPT Championship and the $1,500 WSOP package! This is the 3rd package the Dakota Poker Tour has given out, Curt Hoffart and Matt Hamiltion were our previous winners. This is the 2nd time Brian was heads up to win this package in the 3 times we've given a seat away. He finished 2nd to Curt Hoffart in the inaugural season of 2011. We look forward to hearing how Brian will do in Vegas! Kim Rasmussen and Mike Marek took 2nd and 3rd, Kim winning $300 in DPT buy-ins, Mike winning $100 in a DPT buy-in. Jason Kramer and Paul Johnson also won $100 in a DPT buy-in.
The 2013 World Series of Poker got underway on Wed May 29th and a huge field turned out for the first $1,500 NL Holdem event (dubbed "Millionaire Maker"). We are aware of several local players who participated in the opening weekend, including Rodger Johnson (pictured left) from Grand Forks who made a deep run in this event, finishing in 12th place just short of the final table. Johnson cashed $82,205, but was probably disappointed in not capturing the coveted WSOP bracelet and over one million dollars for first place! Rodger has been on a tear lately with a number of large cashes in the past 12 months...
Another interesting story we heard was that of Jerry Sorrells from Bismarck. Jerry played in the opening weekend and during that trip he registered at one of the booths for a WSOP seat drawing. He returned home to Bismarck on Monday and on Tuesday he got the call that he was the winning name drawn for event #12 ($1,500 PL Holdem event) starting on Wednesday! Jerry promptly booked another flight to Vegas to take another shot at the cash. Not only did he get to play in event #12, but he got to announce "Shuffle up and deal!" Jerry missed the cash in the event, but what an experience!
We have 2 more tournaments this month to get our Fall Session started. We've now had 3 weeks off, so its about time to get back to seeing those cards at the tables.
This Sunday, the 23rd, @ Top Hat Lounge in Mayville, we have a $90+$10 tournament with an add-on option. This tournament will start at 1:00.
The following Sunday, the 30th, we will have a $100+$10 tournament in Leonard at the Country Club. The Country Club in Leonard is offering HALF OFF all greens fees to players who played in the tournament. Look forward to seeing everyone at the tables!
Last weekend in Mayville, Tim Driscoll, Dick Dahlstrom, and Scott Phelps chopped the top three money spots while Tim took down first place points. Rob Whalen, Rob Knudsvig, and Ken Egeland chopped 4th thru 6th in the money.
Next weekend is our LAST tournament for points for the first half of 2013. It is at the Knickerbocker in Hickson, ND on Sunday, May 19th at NOON. Buy in is $90+$10 with ONE optional rebuy/add-on of the same amount through first break.
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