Michael Ackermann from Lake City, MN Wins $10,000 CASH

Congrats to Michael Ackermann from Lake City, MN won $10,000 in the CASH KING promotion! He qualified for the national final by scratching off 4-of-a-kind on a Scratch Poker card. Weekly winners in the league get a chance to play the Scratch Card when winning any regular season poker tournament for a chance to win instant CASH and QUALIFY for Nationals!

The great state of Minnesota is the largest region in the league!

Josh "Big Cheese" Krause takes on MN Native Danielle Andersen Headsup for $100 Free

Some of the fun side action at the recent national series included an opportunity to be drawn to play poker pro Danielle Andersen (MN native) headsup for $100 free. Josh "Big Cheese" Krause was the first player drawn and had a fun match with Danielle, who was a great sport. With Poker Night in America's Chris Hanson calling the action and a gallery of dozens of onlookers, Josh calmly took a couple bad beats and eventually lost to Danielle. It was all in fun, and Danielle gave the $100 bill to Josh anyway. Who knows who we'll see this summer during the World Series -or- Bust national championship. 

Pokernew.com live blog update here: https://www.pokernews.com/tours/other-tournaments/fpn-king-slayer-national-championship/main-event/chips.344092.htm

Thomas Gjerde from Spur Bar & Grill in Willmar MN Wins King Slayer Top Prize of $25,000 Cash

Thomas Gjerde from the Willmar, MN took down the King Slayer Championship Main Event in Las Vegas - and $25,000 CASH. Over $60,000 in cash prizes were awarded over the championship weekend, including $10,000 cash to Friday night's League Champ Championship which was won by Cory Retlzaff from Fargo, ND. 

Thomas found himself on his first “TV Table” live stream on delay with Poker Night in America’s Chris Hanson providing commentary, Pokernews.com reporting live updates, and a gallery of 50+ onlookers. Gjerde did not seem phased as he calmly won hand after hand, and eventually took the Crown, the Championship Bracelet, and $25,000 cash. Replays of the live stream are available here: www.twitch.tv/freepokernetwork

When asked what he would do with the money, he proclaimed “I’m going to put $10,000 away and buy in to the World Series of Poker, it’s been on my bucket list”. 

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Minnesota State Championship- King Slayer


Saturday November 16, 2019 Players from all over Minnesota gathered at Running Aces to take part in the MN State Championship. 230 players qualified, 53 earned double stacks. 184 players registered looking to qualify for Nationals in Las Vegas. 28 players qualified through the main event and Tracy and Rob qualified by winning the 2nd chance Tag Team tournament. The top 5 players also received travel cash! 14 players qualified as alternates!

Do you want to see Quinn Olson dressed in his best Ace Ventura Tutu?? Quinn is hosting a food and clothing drive, and he has committed to dress in the tutu at nationals in Vegas if he reaches his goal of collecting/donating 2000 articles of clothing and food. Quinn has also gotten some sweet donations to raffle away. For more information and details, check out his Face book page.

The fields keep growing and getting to tougher former National champ Joel Smith and his fiancee Nikki both qualified for Vegas AGAIN!!!! The poker power couple have gone to Vegas twice a year for the last 5 years, with one or both of them qualified!

You may have also seen Nels Peterson hanging around. Nels has not had much time to play, but he still has love for FPN, Nels and is a proud papa, his son, Tyler Peterson qualified for state, but came just short of his golden ticket. Nels daughter, Emma Peterson is currently point leader at Danny's dugout, for the world series or bust promotion. His kids have some big shoes to fill as Nels is a 6 time state champ and a nationals champ. Nels said that he will still be Vegas at Nationals to support his FPN family.

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Michael Ackermann from Port 104 in Lake City Turns Scratch Poker card into $10,000 cash

Michael Ackermann wins $10,000 in Free Poker Network's Cash King National Championship

On an otherwise uneventful summer Monday night last June, Michael Ackerman was at Port 104 Bar in Lake City and decided to go ahead and play cards in their weekly poker night. There were 16 players. Michael ended up winning the night. As part of the poker night promotion, weekly winners got a chance to play a “Scratch Poker” card for a random chance to win cash and a seat in the Free Poker Network’s national final. Sure enough, Michael scratched 4-of-a-kind, good for $200 cash and a seat in the “Cash King” national championship in Las Vegas, a Freeroll finale with $50,000 in cash prizes up for grabs.

Ackermann made the best of that opportunity.  

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Minnesota Tradition Continues

  • OVer ninety (90) WSOP buy-ins including five (6) $10,000 Main Event seats have been awarded to Minnesota players!
  • Over $338,865 and counting..seats, air/hotel packages, and other bonus prizes have been awarded to Minnesota players since 2005!! This does NOT include prizes given away at nightly events, regional events, and other miscellaneous prizes. This is major prizes only!!!

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