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Published On: January 7th, 2011

$5,000 Cash and Other Great Prizes to be Awarded at Poker Tournament

Top Finishers Have Shot at Spring Training Trip, Timberwolves Suite, Bracelet & More


(ROCHESTER, MN) The Northwoods League Foundation has announced the prize pool for the Northwoods League Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament on Monday night, January 31 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. A total of $5,000 cash and some exciting sports prizes will be awarded to the top five finishers in the poker tournament.


1st Place: $2,500 plus a custom made winner’s bracelet and a trip to Minnesota Twins Spring Training to appear on Fox Sports North during the March 23rd telecast between Twins and Orioles

2nd Place: $1,000 plus a 22-person suite to one of 15 Minnesota Timberwolves games remaining this season (excludes Celtics, Heat & Lakers)

3rd Place: $750 plus a private poker lesson with Jason Senti

4th Place: $500 plus autographed sports memorabilia gift pack

5th Place: $250 plus Northwoods League apparel and tickets gift pack


The winner of the poker tournament will be able to show off their victory in a couple ways. In addition to a $2,500 cash prize, they’ll receive a custom-made bracelet to remember the accomplishment and have the opportunity to tell their poker victory story on Fox Sports North during a Minnesota Twins Spring Training Game. The one-of-a-kind bracelet is being designed by award-winning jeweler Bernie Benavidez of Master Jewelers, Inc. in Rochester, MN. Benavidez won the “Buyer’s Choice Award” in the 2010 Jewelers of America National Design Contest.


Those that finish second through fifth will also receive great prizes. The runner-up will be able to host a party of 22 at a Minnesota Timberwolves game later this season and win $1,000 cash. The Timberwolves suite is valued at more than $3,000. The third place finisher will get to take part in a private poker Question & Answer session with poker professional Jason Senti at a later date plus get $750 cash. Fourth place earns $500 cash and a variety of valuable signed sports memorabilia. The fifth place finisher will get $250 and an assortment of Northwoods League gear and game tickets for the upcoming season.


Tournament Information


The cost to play in the poker tournament is a $250 donation to the Northwoods League Foundation. Poker players can bring as many as three guests for $25 apiece. The guests will be able to watch the poker tournament and socialize. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Cash prizes and other prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in the poker tournament and all poker players will have a chance to win door prizes. The celebrities will play for a charity of their choice. There will be a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, game tickets, and experiences with Northwoods League and sports celebrities.


The event will begin with a social hour from 6-7 p.m. followed by celebrity introductions. The poker tournament will start at 7:30. All guests and eliminated players will be able to watch the poker tournament or continue with the social gathering throughout the night.


Some of the celebrities attending include: New York Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson, poker professional Jason Senti who won $1.3 million as the seventh place finisher in the 2010 World Series of Poker, Minnesota Twins batting coach Joe Vavra, former La Crosse Logger and winner of the ABC reality show “True Beauty” Taylor Bills, Detroit Tigers rookie infielder and former Northwoods League batting champion Danny Worth, KFAN Radio host and voice of the Minnesota Vikings Paul Allen, 1500 ESPN Radio host and poker entrepreneur Phil Mackey, and Fox Sports North hockey analyst Kevin Gorg.


Owners and general managers from most of the teams in the Northwoods League will be in attendance as well. Register online at


What is the Northwoods League Foundation?

The Northwoods League Foundation was formed in early 2010 as a vehicle for the Northwoods League to further achieve the goals of its Mission Statement, which language concludes with “enrich the quality of life in its member communities.”

In addition to the many needs this not-for-profit foundation may address, one will be to view its member communities and look upon the programs they have in place with a harmonious goal of making them all finer places to live.

Much of the activity of the foundation will be to utilize the numerous alumni and members of the Northwoods League, capitalizing on their respective achievements on and off the field. Through various and creative fund raising methods, Northwoods League fans will have unique opportunities to interact with, participate with and help raise money with various alumni and members of the League.

The Foundation has a seven-member Board of Directors that will be in charge of leading the organization now and into the future as it embarks on this exciting new venture.