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2015 Results

Thank you to all that supported Minnesota Poker Awards this year. Some categories were close while others were not. Below are the official winners of this years awards:

“Best Male Player” and “Most Intimidating Player” went to MSPT pro Blake Bohn. Blake ran super good all year in multiple states.

The winner of the “Best Female Player” is Heidi Roggenkamp, while her stats don’t always get to Hendon Mob due to the tours she plays she’s very well known especially in the Dakota Poker Tour. Also, this is her 2nd year winning this award.

Brian Soja and Alan Carty win the “Nice Guy Award”. That’s 3 years in a row for Soja, we were going to change the category name but since it’s a tie the category name stays as is.

The “Nice Gal Award”  went to Barb Blechinger, whose always smiling when ever you see her.

This year the  “Best Twitter” award goes to @roosterpoker, probably due to his rants or dances.

The “Most Entertaining Opponent” award goes to John Morgan. There is never a boring table when Morgan is there.

The “Best Cardroom Employee” category was super close but in the end Adam Zuehl from Running Aces won the trophy.

“Best Achievement” went to John Reading. In case you didn’t know, he had 6 2015 WSoP cashes.

Aaron Johnson won the “Rising Star” award, whose been doing great at the tables.

Huge congrats to Josh Sexton for winning the “Best Cash Game Player” award. We hope that means he won’t be a sad panda anymore.

“Best Poker Writer/Blogger” went to the one and only Chris ‘Fox’ Wallace. You know, the guy that writes a blog, does podcast and has a great book.

“Fan Favorite” goes to Peixin Liu, whose another super nice guy, chip taker, tourney crusher.

Congratulations to all our winners!

2015 Nominations

Nominations are now closed.

You play with lots of different people but it’s time to select who you think stand out in the crowd. You tell me who you think should be nominated in each of the categories and when nominations are done the committee will have an official review of the potential nominees, ballot creation & voting period.

Below are the categories and some potential nominees. If you think someone should be on this list, PLEASE register/login and post it in comments below. Goal is to have 5-10 names in each category.

REMINDER: The MN Poker Awards are for all poker players in Minnesota, they can be players in home games, bar tourneys or casinos. The goal is to recognize players though out the state, not just in certain locations.

NOTE: Make sure to review the Rules before submitting any nominations. Nominations do not mean the person will automatically be on the voting ballot as we are keeping voting down to 5-10 per category and committee agreement.

Nominations are open till 11/02/2014 @ 8 am CT

The Potential Categories and Nominees:

Best Male Player

This category is fairly self-explanatory. If you think the best male player in Minnesota in 2015 isn’t on this list, let us know who is missing.

Best Female Player

This category is fairly self-explanatory. If you think the best female player in Minnesota in 2015 isn’t on this list, let me know who is missing.

Most Intimidating Player

Who do you hate playing pots with? Who scares the crap out of you or seems to be staring right into your soul?

Nice Guy Award

If the nicest poker player in Minnesota isn’t on this list, then get me their name, because they deserve some recognition!

Nice Gal Award

If the nicest poker player in Minnesota isn’t on this list, then get me their name, because they deserve some recognition!

Best Twitter

What is your favorite poker-related twitter account that is based in the land of 10,000 lakes?

Most Entertaining Opponent

Who makes you laugh, tells great stories, and generally keeps you entertained at the tables? Are they on this list?

Poker Champion

Who is the best advocate for the game? Who has done the most for poker in Minnesota this year?

Best Cardroom Employee

Who is your favorite card room employee? Do you know someone who does a great job, works hard, and deserves recognition? I need help with this one because there are too many people I would love to put on this list.

Best Achievement

Who has the biggest achievement for 2015?

  • Blake Bohn (@bkbohn)
  • Christian Pham
  • John Morgan
  • John Reading (@KiKaMo88)
  • Pexin Lui
  • Rob Wazwaz

Rising Star

Who is the rising star?

Best cash game player

Who is the best cash game player?

Best Poker Writer/Blogger

This is a new category for 2015. Who’s blog or books do you think are the best and can’t wait to read their next post? Need a refresher on the writers lasts posts? Take a look at our MN Poker Bloggers page

Reminder: Comment below on if there’s anyone missing in any of the topics so they can be reviewed by the committee. The committee will review the final list of nominations to determine which nominees make the voting ballot.

MN Poker Bloggers

We have some great Minnesota poker bloggers across the state. We have personal blogs, pro blogs, magazines writers and much more. Below are the latest & greatest posts for some of the great bloggers.

NOTE: All links will take you to the bloggers website to view the full post.

Adam Stemple on About.com

Brian Soja

Check Shove Poker  ~ Has some great MN poker players on their team, which includes Hunter Cichy, Todd Breyfogle (sharkslayerr) and much more. (NOTE: Need to register for a Free/Pro Membership to read the blogs)

Chris ‘Fox’ Wallace


Check out Fox’s articles on BLUFF magazine.

CPL Poker Podcast Great MN poker podcast by Mark Cardenas & Phil Fuehrer

John Somsky


Check out John’s articles on Ante Up magazine

Matt Williams
Matt blogs on ICHECKBACK.

Minnesota Poker Magazine
Great magazine on all things related to Minnesota poker. Check it out here.

If you know of other MN poker bloggers or writers comment below with their links so we can add them to the list.

2014 Photos

Here are some of the photos from the 2014 MN Poker Awards Ceremony.

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Heidi Roggenkamp wins the 2014 MN Poker Awards ~ Best Female Player Award
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Kou Vang wins the 2014 MN Poker Awards ~ Best Male Player and Most Intimidating Player Awards
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Jay Philips wins the 2014 MN Poker Awards ~ Nice Gal & Most Entertaining Opponent Awards
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2014 Results

First I’d like to thank all of you that supported the MN Poker Awards and helped make this year so great.

Some categories were close while others were not. Below are the official winners of this years awards:

“Best Male Player” and “Most Intimidating Player” went to the one and only Kou Vang

The winner of the “Best Female Player” dominated the category just like she does on the felt. Congrats Heidi Roggenkamp

Wow  Brian Soja won the “Nice Guy Award”. That’s 2 years in a row. If he wins again next year we might have to change the category name.

The “Nice Gal Award” and “Most Entertaining Opponent” went to Jay Philips. Must have something to do with all the purple.

Last year @the_poker_joker won the “Best Twitter” award and sure enough he won it again. I wonder if he’ll have shirts made for his win.

The “Poker Champion” award went to Mike Lovelace, he does some great things for our community and never asks for anything in return.

The “Best Cardroom Employee” category was super close but in the end Tristan Wilberg from Running Aces won the trophy.

“Best Achievement” went to the one and only Chris ‘Fox’ Wallace. He dominated this category just like the 2014 WSoP HORSE tourney.

Issac Tucker won the”Rising Star” award. We hear he likes to go all in blind a lot in Heads Up games.

Huge congrats to Todd Breyfogle for winning the “Best Cash Game Player” award. His stack size photos are great and he’ll be happy to take your chips anytime.

We created a special awards called “Fan Favorite”, which was given to John Morgan as he does tons for the poker community, which includes players & dealers. Great guy on & off the felt.

Congratulations to all our winners.

NOTE: Photos from the ceremony will be posted later this week.

Per request, here are the end results. NOTE: Not everyone voted in every category so there won’t be the same totals in each.

Best Male Player
Blake Bohn 38
Chris ‘Fox’ Wallace 37
Erick Wright 15
Jason Seitz 8
John Hayes 1
Kou Vang 154
Lance Harris 22
Matt Alexander 9
Matt Kirby 14
Best Female Player
Bridgette Field 21
Heidi Roggenkamp 151
Jay Philips 37
Molly Anne Mossey 82
Sherry Hammers 30
Susan Roberts 8
Most Intimidating Player
Blake Bohn 37
Chris ‘Fox’ Wallace 17
John ‘Gstacks’ Hayes 25
Kou Vang 46
Mark Sandness 7
Matt Kirby 23
Todd Breyfogle 18
Nice Guy Award
Brian Soja 139
Chris ‘Fox’ Wallace 23
Eric Anderson 15
Issac Tucker 16
John Morgan 46
John Somsky 7
Kou Vang 20
Mike Lovelace 31
Nice Gal Award
Bridgette Field 13
Denise Lindman 4
Heidi Roggenkamp 22
Jay Philips 178
Missy Schell 20
Molly Anne Mossey 84
Best Twitter
@foxpokerfox 27
@joshsexton85 22
@mnpokermag 20
@roosterpoker 25
@sharkslayerr 14
@the_poker_joker 64
Most Entertaining Opponent
Chris ‘Fox’ Wallace 20
Jay Philips 143
Jim Meehan 25
John Alexander 9
John Morgan 47
Tom Hammers 41
Poker Champion
Bryan Mileski 30
Issac Tucker 34
John Morgan 32
John Somsky 4
Marc Powers 26
Mike Lovelace 161
Best Cardroom Employee
Bobby Banks 18
Chopper Vail 15
Joel Olson 27
Lisa Runyan 43
Tristan Wilberg 58
Best Achievement
Andy Dick 2
Blake Bohn 17
Chris ‘Fox’ Wallace 126
Lance Harris 9
Matt Kirby 9
Mike Schneider 11
Rising Star
Aaron Johnson 33
Adam O 3
Adam Zych 5
Andy Dick 30
Anthony Oddo 14
Damian Phillips 14
Issac Tucker 44
James Lawerence 8
Tyler Loney 6
Vlad Revniaga 5
Best Cash Game Player
‘Scratch’ Thao Thiem 8
Dave Gonia 13
Gennady Schimmerlfarb 14
Jon Hanner 4
Josh Sexton 28
Mark Dunbar 14
Mike Schneider 20
Quan Le 6
Rob Waz Waz 11
Todd Breyfogle 36

Thank you to those of you that did help spread the word about the awards, your votes and your positive support.

2014 Ceremony

MN Poker Awards 2014 Ceremony at Running Aces
The 2014 MN Poker Awards Ceremony will be held at Running Aces in Columbus, MN on 12/21/2014 at 11 AM.

  • All ceremony attendees will be able to enjoy the Sunday Champagne Brunch for $12 per person (normally $22.95)
  • All RSVP’d ceremony attendees will receive a $10 match play coupon.
  • There will be additional prizes added to the ceremony but you have to be there to find out what they are.

After the ceremony make sure you stay & play the 12 pm $150 Double Stack tournament (20k starting stack, 20 minute blinds) because Running Aces will be adding a Big Stack Avalanche Seat (worth $500) to the prize pool.

Come and join us, enjoy some food, play some poker and have fun. Please make sure to RSVP below by 12/18/2014 so we can plan seating & get your match play setup.

December 21, 2014 - 11:00 am

Columbus, MN

Bookings no longer allowed on this date.