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!

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

Gjerde was one of 202 players that took their seat in the King Slayer Championship Main Event. Gjerde qualified by playing free poker on Tuesday nights at Spurs Bar & Grill in Willmar, where he was crowned League Champ in the Spring session. Spurs Bar & Grill in Willmar hosts the league with an average of around 20 players who play for free drinks and most importantly points towards qualifying for state and national contests. Gjerde was the Spring session League Champ which automatically earned him the opportunity to compete in Las Vegas. Gjerde also placed high in the Minnesota State Championship, and earned a double stack playing a bonus events at the national series as well. 

FPN King Slayer Final Table Results





Thomas Gjerde - Spur Bar & Grill, Willmar, MN



Gary Lance - Stubini’s South, Carney’s Point, NJ



Ben Farner - Billy’s Corner Bar, Vergas, MN



Kathy Easton - Bar, Jacks Place, Chicago Ridge, IL



Dustin Johnson - Cowboy Jack’s, St. Cloud, MN



Jacob Jobman - MVP Lounge, Omaha, NE



Steve Spratlen - Daily Double, Denton, NE



Marylin Ragan - Vets Club, Wahpeton, ND



Neal Kukla - Rendezvous Lounge, Belfield, ND


10th - Mike Beil - $300
11th -Dennis Duncan - $300
12th - David Beasley - $300
13th - Eric Tycz - $300
14th - Brian Beck - $300
15th - David Hegg - $300
16th - Michael Stahl - $300
17th - Rebecca Brinkman - $300
18th - Rob Mahara - $300
19th - Jeanette Hatle - $200
20th - Susan Elleanger - $200
21st - Brian Kamerud - $200
22nd - James Ballweg - $200
23rd - Frank Hernandez - $200
24th - Terry William - $200
25th - Tiram Gamliel - $200
26th - Rick Heinecke - $200
27th - Nikki Christopherson - $200

In addition to the final table prizes, $10,000 in Mystery Bounties were awarded. Players were given sealed envelopes and there were 61 various bounty awards mixed in. The top bounty prize was won by Tracy Leonard $2,000. Other big bounties were captured by Mike Marek $1,000 and Dennis Duncan $1,000

The bounties added a lot of excitement to the tournament, especially in the early stages. The last man standing, Thomas Gjerde, opened his bounty at the very end to see he was in fact holding a $500 bounty on himself the whole time. 

Please visit the Pokernews.com live blogs for detailed hand histories and other coverage of the event:

Main Event blog/updates -> https://www.pokernews.com/tours/other-tournaments/fpn-king-slayer-national-championship/main-event/
Main Event recap -> https://www.pokernews.com/news/2020/01/thomas-gjerde-wins-2020-fpn-king-slayer-36385.htm

League Champ blog/updates -> https://www.pokernews.com/tours/other-tournaments/fpn-king-slayer-national-championship/league-champ-championship/
League Champ recap -> https://www.pokernews.com/news/2020/01/cory-retzlaff-wins-fpn-king-slayer-league-champ-championship-36376.htm 

The "Tag Team Championship" paid out $1100 and was won by Joel Smith and Josh Manley

Random players were drawn to play poker pro Danielle Andersen for $100 free headsup. Josh Krause from St. Cloud, MN and Russell Johnson from Fargo, ND were drawn. 

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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