MINOT, N.D. — A Minot man is the winner of the North Dakota state poker championship.

The Daily News reports that Matt Lizotte took home the $30,000 first prize in the 14th annual event at Minot’s Vegas Hotel. It’s the first title for Lizotte, who has participated in every tournament.

Nearly 1,500 players from 16 states and Canada competed for a total prize payout of $112,000.

The runner-up was Jimmy Van Huss Jr., a Dallas native and Minot Air Force Base veteran currently seeking a master’s degree at Minot State University. He won $15,000.

The event is sponsored by the Minot State University Alumni Association. A portion of the proceeds is used to provide funding for scholarships for the school.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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