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Virginia North East Regional Championships

Sunday, February 18th, 2024

Registration Opens:  1:00pm

Tournament Starts:  2:00pm

TD: Josh Bardwell

Backyard Grill

13999 Metrotech Drive

Chantilly, VA 20151

(703) 802-6400


Mike Heffner

Steven Donlon

George Ward


VA-North East & DC

Regionals Overview

The Regional Championship brings together players from across your area for the shot at becoming the next Regional Champion.


This event is what you have been playing for all season! Enjoy great poker, party with your friends, and earn the opportunity to play in the ultimate World Tavern Poker tournament, the National Championships.


See you at the tables!

Venue Details

Backyard Grill is a great spot for the Regional Championship. Conveniently located off Highway 65 in Chantilly, Backyard Grill will be a fine place to compete for Regional dominance.


Plus, Backyard Grill has an amazing, top-notch staff to make this one of the best destinations with a great atmosphere to hang out with your WTP Family.

Enjoy Happy Hour prices from 11am to 7pm! Food specials may be posted at the venue.

Event Schedule



11:00am: Big Points Tournament #1

Open to all players!


1:00pm: Registration Opens

Regional Championships are for qualified players only. You must be 21 years of age or older to play. Please have your photo ID with you.


1:45pm: Registration Closes

There will be Regional Awards and some brief announcements prior to start time.


2:00pm: Regional Championship Tournament

Who's going to become the NEXT VA-NE Regional Champion?

6:00pm: Big Points Tournament #2

Open to all players!

Regional Prizes

Prizes awarded at this Regional Championship include:

1st PLACE: 3 Nights Hotel & 2 Access Passes to OPEN 31

2nd PLACE: 3 Nights Hotel & 1 Access Pass to OPEN 31

3rd PLACE: 2 Access Passes to OPEN 31

4th and 5th PLACE: 1 Access Pass to OPEN 31


The Top 10% of the player field earn seats to the National Championship Finals at OPEN 31 this November.

Interactive Map

Use this map for directional assistance.

Season 2-2023 Winners


2. Steven Donlon
3. George Ward
4. Bruce Ursni
5. Alex Herrera
6. Karl Hejlik
7. Helmut Lehofer
8. Khoi Truong
9. Neha Sehgal
10. Ravi Jadhav
11. William Gard

Season 1-2023 Winners


2. Dinesh Chandrasekaran
3. Chuck Cherel
4. Barbara Tabron
5. Ibu Sumangkut
6. Jessica Klotz
7. Roger Cox
8. Justin Racer
9. Chris Sullivan
10. Omar Nichols

Participating WTP Bars

Applegates at Wyndham Garden Manassas
Babylon Woodbridge
Babylon Woodbridge Sundays
Backyard Grill
Blue Iguana
Crystal City Sports Pub
Crystal City Sports Pub Tuesdays
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern Mondays
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern Saturdays
JPs Sports - Wed
JPs Sports Bar - Saturday
JPs Sports Bar - Thursday
Mellow Mushroom
Shooters - Wednesdays
Shooters Fridays
Shooters Sports Bar Sundays!
Silk Restaurant at Clarion Hotel

Previous Regional Champions

Season 1-2023:  MIKE HEFFNER

Season 1-2023:  JOHN ERNST

Season 2-2022/23:  LORI VALKENBURG

Season 1-2022:  TONY VENTO

Season 2-2021/22:  RANDY PALMER

Season 2-2020/21:  OSEI AMPADU

Season 1-2019:  ADAM NATHAN

Season 2-2018/19:  ELENA CURRENCE

Season 2-2017/18:  MAURICIO CAMPOS

Season 1-2017:  MICHAEL CERINO

Season 2-2016/17:  CHUCK CHEREL

Season 1-2016:  BRUCE McLELLAND

Season 2-2015/16:  BECKY BENNY

Season 1-2015:  SAHIL SHAH

Season 2-2014/15:  KATHRYN DAY

Season 2-2022/23 Winners


2. Andrew Pomerville
3. Cameron Carroll
4. Osei Ampadu
5. Jessica Klotz
6. Dinesh Chandrasekaran
7. Don Beachy
8. Jason Lalone
9. Felix Vargas
10. Richard Vogelsong
11. Mike McReynolds
12. Betty Greenhow

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