The first DPT event of 2019 was the Cowboy Up for Cancer event at the Knickerbocker in Hickson drew a crowd of 102 entries.
This is an event that was usually run on black Friday but has switched weekends to become the calendar year kickoff. A chop of the top 2 player gave them each close to $3000 cash. The event also raised almost $2000 for Cowboy Up for Cancer center, which donates to cancer centers such as Roger Maris Cancer Center. The final table was some familiar faces.
1st place chop: Kevin Meyer and Jesse Haddeland
3rd place: Ashely Hafdahl
4th place: Mark Reiniger
5th place: Brandon Scmidt
6th place: Nick Marts
7th place: Tony Somphet
8th place: Jim Odegaard
9th place: Penny Gronke
10th place: Andrew Ryan
The next DPT event is the new "Fish with Chips" tournament on January 27th at Dempsey's in Fargo.
The Free Poker Network is giving away three (3) $10,000 main event seats in the latest contest which runs through the Fall & Winter at area bars. Players can qualify a number of ways. Points reset every month and top players qualify for playoffs. The quickest and fastest way to get qualified for the exclusive championship tourney is to take a shot at the monthly VIP online. The monthly winner gets right in and there have only been a handful of players taking advantage of the opportunity. For a list of updated locations visit freepokernetwork.com. Some sites have nice incentives for playing, for example O'Leary's on Monday nights in Moorhead has been giving away up to $200 in cash to weekly winners.
The Dakota Poker Tour Championship Freeroll is fast approaching as it is set for Saturday, May 19th at 12pm Noon at the Coaches Corner in Arthur (25 miles NW of Fargo). The Top 100 players in DPT points will be eligible to compete for over $3000 in prizes with 1st place winning a $1500 WSOP package and 2nd walking away with a $500 WSOP entry. The whole final table will win Dakota Poker Tour entries. This is on top of the $500 WSOP entry that the overall points leader will receive! We are running this tourney in conjunction with an "Accumulator" tourney. On Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 4pm and 8:30pm we will host a $100 total entry flight to qualify for the Sunday Main Event. There will be no direct entry to Sunday as you must qualify thru a flight. If you make it thru one flight, you can buy-in to a later flight to try to "Accumulate" more chips for Sunday. Check out the Tourney Listings page and FB event for more details!
The Fall Dakota Poker Tour schedule kicks off with a new tourney at the Harwood Grill & Saloon on Saturday, September 23rd. This is a 2-day tourney with a $270+30 entry getting you 50k in chips. The blind schedule will mimic the WSOP Main Event except that we will have 1 hour levels instead of 2 hour levels. Play begins at 11am on Saturday but registration will be open all day on Saturday and until play re-starts at Noon on Sunday. Players will bag up chips around midnight Saturday and 1st place is expected to be near $5,000 based on 60-70 entries. There are no add-ons or rebuys allowed. Hope to see everyone out there for the kickoff of our fall tourney schedule!