By Leon Worden / SCVNews.com
A Santa Clarita Valley man has won the North Dakota Texas Hold ‘em Poker Championship, beating out 1,851 other players to win a prize of $42,500.
Jeremy Keillor, a Soledad Canyon resident, is the tournament’s youngest winner at age 34, according to the organization’s Facebook page. He outlasted a record number of contestants.
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Held at the Vegas Motel in Minot, N.D., the championship began in 2004 and benefits the Minot State University Alumni Association. It bills itself as the nation’s largest charity poker tournament, and the biggest poker tournament outside of Las Vegas.
According to a report in the Minot Daily News, Keillor went to Minot last summer to help remodel flooded homes. Roughly 11,000 of the city’s 36,000 residents were displaced when torrential rains overflowed the Souris River and caused record flooding.