It was all smiles for a Palm Desert man last Thursday evening when he outplayed 10 other finalists to claim the grand prize title at Trump 29 Casino’s Satellite Showdown Texas Hold ”˜Em Poker Tournament.
Fred Northdurft of Palm Desert said, "This was the greatest tournament I’ve ever played in!" as he held his trophy for photographs.
The next stop for Northdurft is Atlantic City. For winning the tournament, Trump 29 will pay his $10,000 entry fee into the 2004 U.S. Poker Championship, which takes place at the Taj Majal October 6-9. That event will be aired nationally on ESPN. Trump 29 will also pay Fred’s airfare and hotel accommodations for two.
Poker fever is red hot and is sweeping the nation, and the Satellite Tournament drew players from across California. Tournament runners-up split a $10,000 purse.
Trump 29 Casino offers 2,000 slots, 35 table games, and a 10-table poker room. The casino is a business venture of the 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians.