Large U.S. charity poker event returns to N.D.

November 30, 2013, John Somsky  

The Vegas Motel in Minot, N.D., hosts its 10th annual North Dakota Texas Hold’em Championship on Dec. 28-31. This is one of the largest charity tournaments in the United States, averaging more than 1,600 players the past four years. The Minot State University Alumni Association is the gaming charity and proceeds are slated toward a scholarship fund for marketing students.

Based upon 1,500 entrants, the prize pool will be $172K with first place being $50K and payouts to the top 100. There are four $150 qualifying rounds with the top 100 players from each round advancing the championship. Players may play in two of the four qualifying rounds. Each qualifying round is capped at 450 entries, so preregistration is encouraged. Additional information can be found at thevegasmotel.com or see the ad in our December issue.

FALL POKER CLASSIC: Adam Dahlin of Maple Grove, Minn., beat Neng Vang heads-up to win $90,035 and the main-event title at Canterbury Park’s Fall Poker Classic in Shakopee, Minn. The $1,100 event drew 395 entries (264 last year) and generated a $383,150 prize pool. Dahlin was on fire for the FPC series, with another first, second, third and seventh in four other events for earnings of $111,224.

The series offered 16 events and 11 “bonus” evening events and had several other standouts. In addition to Dahlin, five players had earnings of more than $30K. Matt Kirby had four cashes, including one win, for $61,625. Neng Vang earned $49,810 for his runner-up finish in the main event. Alan Ahmann had three cashes, including a first and a third, for $42,278. Daniel Stanton had a win and two other cashes for $31,998. Aaron Johnson had three cashes, including two first-place finishes, for $30,174. Other impressive feats include Terry Ore with six cashes and Edward Janezich with five.

— Email John Somsky at john.somsky@gmail.com.

Fall Poker Classic at Canterbury Park

Event 1 • $340 NLHE
Entries: 427 • Pool: $124,257
Daniel Stanton, $29,202
Event 2 • $175 NLHE
Entries: 370 • Pool: $53,835
Joel Doering, $12,650
Event 3 • $230 NLHE
Entries: 253 • Pool: $49,082
Carl Carodenuto, $12,215
Event 4 • $230 NLHE
Entries: 220 • Pool: $ 42,680
Jeff Doane, $11,096
Event 5 • $230 O/8
Entries: 138 • Pool: $26,772
Alan Dejesus, $6,959
Event 6 • $550 HORSE
Entries: 61 • Pool: $29,585
Amir Tavanae, $8,876
Event 7 • $340 NLHE
Entries: 276 • Pool: $80,316
Aaron Johnson, $19,997
Event 8 • $550 NLHE
Entries: 211 • Pool: $102,335
Matt Kirby, $26,608
Event 9 • $175 NLHE
Entries: 237 • Pool: $34,484
Aaron Johnson, $8,965
Event 10 • $230 NLHE
Entries: 245 • Pool: $47,530
Jeff Skiba, $11,835
Event 11 • $230 PLO
Entries: 117 • Pool: $22,698
Adam Dahlin, $6,354
Event 12 • $550 6-max
Entries: 148 • Pool: $71,780
Ray Dickerson, $19,380
Event 13 • $230 Stud
Entries: 54 • Pool: $10,476
Daniel Buckley, $3,143
Event 14 • $550 NLHE
Entries: 157 • Pool: $76,145
Jonathan Kulkay, $19,799
Event 15 • $340 NLHE
Entries: 227 • Pool: $66,057
Joseph Melancon, $17,172
$1,100 Main Event
Entries: 395 • Pool: $383,150
Adam Dahlin, $90,035