Mike Qualley of Richfield, Minn., has set some ambitious goals since becoming the Minnesota director for the Poker Players Alliance in late February.
“I want to see us have legislation put forth in the 2015 (Minnesota state legislative) session,” he said.
The focus of the bill would be to bring regulated online poker to Minnesota. Qualley, who spent 20 years in the music and nightclub industry, found small stakes online poker as an excellent way to unwind after a day at work. When Black Friday made it impossible for him to play on his favorite poker sites, he became active with the PPA.
Qualley has created the “Minnesotans for Online Poker” Facebook page where a poker daily action plan and other interesting news are posted. He also is working with Running Aces to feature the PPA during the $30 tournament on the third Sunday of every month, allowing PPA members to meet and play a great tournament. The first event on July 20 had 177 players and awarded more than $1,100 to first place.
ACES ANNIVERSARY: Christopher Korent of Hudson, Wis., won the Anniversary Tournament at Running Aces in July for $37,370. The $275 event drew 667 entries and had six starting flights.
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