WINTER VEGAS VACATION SEASON 2017
In an attempt to keep our league growing and to keep things fresh for our host locations as well as our players, we’re bringing about some changes to the next season.
We will still have two sessions: Spring 2017 session (running from April 1 through June 30th) and Summer 2017 session (running July 1 through September 30th).
Regional qualifiers for Spring 2017 will be held as follows:
Spades Region – Sunday, July 9th at 1pm hosted by Cedarvale Fitz’s Bar and Grill in Eagan
Hearts Region – Tuesday, July 11th at 7pm hosted by Opinion Brewing Company in Newport
Clubs Region – Wednesday, July 12th at 7pm hosted by Mama T’s Castle Tap in St. Paul
Diamonds Region – Thursday, July 13th at 7:30pm hosted by Thirsty’s Bar and Grill in Norwood Young America
Regional qualifiers for Summer 2017 will be held the week of October 8th. Dates and times TBD.
Winter State Tournament will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Running Aces Casino. Registration will begin at 10:00am and the tournament will start promptly at 12:00pm. Straight Flush will be sending 1st and 2nd place to Las Vegas for a Winter Vegas Vacation! Additional prizes will be announced prior to Spring 2017 Regional Tournaments.
The Champion of each location (point leader) during each session, will still receive auto-entry to the State Tournament and is not required to qualify though a Regional Qualifier Tournament. If a player is the Champion of multiple locations, they will be rewarded with a $500 bonus chip for each additional location. For example, if a player is the Champion of three locations during the course of the season, they will receive auto-entry to the State Tournament, as well as $1000 in bonus chips.
Regions are changing. We have renamed and redistributed the bars into four new regions. This was done to balance the number of players who will qualify from each Region. The new Regions are as follows:
• Hearts Region – Palmer Lake VFW, Casper’s Cherokee of Eagan, Opinion Brewing Company, Park Place Sports Bar
• Diamond Region – Jersey’s Sports Bar, The PourHouse Pub, Chanhassen American Legion, Thirsty’s Bar & Grill, Carbone’s Cottage Grove
• Clubs Region – Barnboard Bar and Grill, Mama T’s Castle Tap, White Bear Bar, Schuggy’s American Grill and Taphouse, Big Guy’s BBQ Roadhouse
• Spades Region – Detour 19, Medina Entertainment Center, Cedarvale Lanes/Fitz’s Bar and Grill, Country Nites
The winner of each Regional Qualifier event will receive a $500 bonus chip for the State Tournament. If someone qualifies for multiple Regionals and wins multiple Regional Tournaments, they will receive a $500 bonus chip for each tournament they win. Bar Champions are eligible to receive these bonus chips in addition to any bonus chips earned for being the Champion of more than on location.
The overall point leader for the season (combined points for Spring 2017 and Summer 2017) will receive a buy-in to the All-in for Africa Tournament. We will provide monthly updates of the standings during the Summer 2017 session in order for players to know where they stand.
Finally, we’ve made some pretty fantastic changes to the prize pool for the Winter 2017 season, but we’re keeping that a secret until the WSOP 2017 State Tournament on Sunday, April 30th at Running Aces. Cards are in the air at noon, but registration starts at 10am, and believe me, you won’t want to miss the announcements! Hope to see you there!