CardsChat Interview: Dennis Stevermer on Making WPT Bay 101 Final Table, Winning 2017 Fall Poker Classic in … –

Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, hosted earlier this month its annual Fall Poker Classic, which has become one of the Midwest’s premiere tournament series dating back to 2001. The capstone $1,100 Main Event drew 375 entries, and in the end Dennis Stevermer came out on top to win $72,762 after a heads-up deal with Todd Melander.

One Time: Dennis Stevermer’s wife allows him to play only one tournament a month, and he made it count by taking down the main event at the 2017 Fall Poker Classic. (Image: Canterbury Park)

Once-a-Month Tournament Play

Along with his wife Janet, and his high-school age son and daughter, Dennis Stevermer lives in Highland Park in St. Paul and has worked at Flame Metals Processing for 24 years, including a decade as its owner.

Growing up, Stevermer said he played a lot of card games with his family, but it wasn’t until 2006 that he discovered no-limit hold’em on PokerStars.

“Once I started playing online, I was hooked,” he said. “In 2011, on Black Friday, my online poker hobby came to an end and I gradually transitioned to live poker tournaments.”

However, given his kids were just 9 and 11 at the time, he and his wife agreed that he would play just one tournament a month so as not to interfere with family and business.

“Since I was only playing once a month and had played on online for a few years, I looked for tournaments that had a buy in of about $1,000,” he explained. “As I became more successful, I expanded to include bigger buy in tournaments, but stayed at one per month.”

One of those tournaments was the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event, earlier this year.

Stevermer managed to navigate a

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