The Small Town Poker Tour (STPT) crowned its first champion of the season in Monroe, La., after Brandon Parker outlasted more nearly 300 players to claim first place. He won a trophy, a $3,000 Visa gift card, and a seat at the STPT World Amateur Championships.
The two day event saw players come from all over the south from Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, and more, to play in the event. The diverse field was low on female players, only ten, but two managed to make it to the final table.
The tournament also included a second chance event, which was won by John Nowell, who had to beat 101 players to claim his seat at the STPT Championships and a Visa gift card.
Not only was the event a chance for amateur players to gain more experience at the tables, it also benefited the Uniformed Officers of Ouachita Parish, who had several volunteers at the event. The STPT's goal is not only to highlight amateur players but to help charities use poker as a tool to raise funds and create awareness of their causes.
"I was very impressed by the turnout of volunteers we had from the Uniformed Officers of Ouachita Parish," said Mark Fracalossi, STPT executive producer. "They helped make it a success."
The STPT events are being filmed for a television special and the season will end in Las Vegas with World Amateur Championships, an event open to all amateur players from around the world.