Jerry Schrader, from Woodbridge, Va., was the first person to qualify for the $1 Million Mansion Poker Dome Challenge in Las Vegas through the National Pub Poker League (NPPL).
Schrader's journey to the Poker Dome started by winning a free NPPL tournament at a local pub in Virginia. His win qualified him for an exclusive NPPL freeroll tournament at Mansion Poker where he won a seat in the Poker Dome Challenge qualifier round.
After advancing into the semi-finals and also winning there, Schrader, a 36-year-old locksmith, became the third qualifier for the final, but is the first NPPL player to make it.
The NPPL is one of the world's largest pub poker organizations with branches in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. It's also the only pub poker league that's offering players a chance to play in the Poker Dome Challenge.
Each night, the NPPL hosts free Texas Hold'em tournaments in local taverns and bars. The winners from those tournaments then compete online every other Saturday for their chance to go to Las Vegas to the Poker Dome.
The online winners are then flown to Las Vegas to compete in one of 36 televised qualifiers that are played live at the Poker Dome and broadcast by the Fox Sports Network. The winners earn $25,000 and a seat in the semi-finals to play for $50,000. Then it's off to the final for a chance at $1 million.
With more than 600 unique venues and around 1,200 weekly tournaments, there are plenty of opportunities for poker players to head to a nearby venue for a free shot at making it to the Poker Dome Challenge.
The players who win a Poker Dome Seat online receive round trip airfare to Las Vegas, limo transfers, VIP hotel accommodations, a $500 casino credit, and a welcome dinner and introduction to the Poker Dome.
For more information about the league or to register as a member online, visit www.npplpoker.com.