Tom enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, he retired after serving his country for 20 years. When he retired he relocated to the Triangle area and opened his own Sports Collectible Store. Along with owning, operating and managing multiple tavern establishments Tom has played poker for many years. In addition to helping bars with entertainment and bookings to fill a venue, Tom has gone out of his way to help others in need, including being Vice President of a 501.c non profit organization called Help A Brother Out. We are bringing the fun back into poker while helping the Local Community as well as Many Veteran Organizations.
Tom was recently nominated as the 2017 Veteran Of the Year by the US Veterans Corps.
Supervisor, South Jersey East
G. Dull, South Jersey Area Supervisor and resides of Atlantic City, NJ I’ve been playing poker since I was 7 years old and placed 3rd in our 2017 National event and winning $8,604 it was an awesome time! I’m married with two children and my beautiful wife Felicia plays poker also
Supervisor, South Jersey West
Jacquie Gormley is the wife of a perfect husband, mother of one human grown boy, and two four legged fur babies that think they are people. She is a Channel Account Manger for a natural foods distributor. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing and directing poker, singing karaoke, knitting, kick boxing, cooking, and baking. Jacquie takes pleasures in visiting old cemeteries and lighthouses.
Karen Thompson is an insurance agent at Chuck Barham’s State Farm by day, and a devoted poker player by night. Insurance is all about calculating risks, and Karen has put her twenty years plus of experience in the industry into helping her weigh the risks at the table. She was first introduced to Tom’s Poker League in 2013, and it instantly became her passion. Karen has been a supervisor for Kontenders in the Durham/Cary for several years. She enjoys being a supervisor for Kontenders and making sure the games are run fairly and smooth. Since beginning, she has a record of over 20 wins in a season, 5 player of the month in 2017, been a regional points leader, a charity points leader, been a super league points leader. Karen is currently ranked number two in the region for 2018. Her rankings have also taken her to Vegas and Atlantic City. She will be going to Maryland Live in April from seats that she won. In addition to being a player of the game, she is constantly recruiting new members and sponsors. When she is not playing cards, you can find her playing with the other love of her life, her grandchildren. Her biggest supporters are her very understanding husband and her two girls, who have come out and played as well. Please join her any time at one of the Durham or Cary locations.
Fritz Barnes is the very lucky husband of Jamie, and is a proud dad and granddad.
Fritz has been playing poker for about five years, playing with KOntenders since the beginning of 2016, and loves the game. Fritz has cashed in two BPO Main Events, including a first place finish at Borgata in December 2015.
Supervisor, East Raleigh
Sal Biancardi, born in Italy and raised in Newark, NJ! Honestly, I never liked/understood poker. In April 2017, my friend invited me to a local Kontenders Poker game.. Believe me, I wasn’t too excited about it! I had to bring a picture of the poker hands on my phone (in sat on my lap and kept timing out). My wife (Denise) and I met so many awesome people and had lots of fun; my wife and I eventually started playing every week. We eventually started playing EVERYDAY by driving to all the regional Kontenders venues (hundreds of miles a week)!
Almost 1 year later, I was blessed to win a complete Vegas travel package from Bar Poker Open.. Look out Vegas!
My name is Katrina L Hopkins and I LOVE the game of poker. I am a proud mother of two daughters, Kyerah & Brooklyn, and am extra excited about helping raise my adopted grandson Zy’Meir. I am a high school guidance counselor and have worked in the school system for over 17 years. I love working with the youth. I have a bachelor’s and 2 Master’s in Psychology and Counseling.
Although I was born and raised in Atlantic City, I did not actually start playing the game until about 8 years ago when my best friend decided to go to dealer’s school to learn the game. She practiced with me and I’ve not let it go ever since. On top of the game, I love meeting people and have met some who are now lifelong friends even miles away. I am pleased to not only play Kontenders Poker, but carry the game far and wide as a Region Supervisor for others to experience the fun that I have with my poker family.
Supervisor, North Austin
Tim and his wife of over twenty years have been enjoying playing cards all of their lives. He has two Information Technology college degrees and works full time as a Cybersecurity Specialist. Tim is also an accomplished musician who has studied music, performed live and in the studio for over 3 decades. Tim has always enjoyed entertaining the masses and continues to do so through supervising Kontenders Poker in the Central Texas area. Tim, along with his business partner Robert Makar, were able to expand Kontenders poker to Central Texas for the first time in 2017 and make Kontenders the #1 poker league in just 8 short months. As Tim’s wife, Cheri, is also a successful private business owner, they both donate their time and efforts into supporting local non-profit charities and causes.
Supervisor, South Austin
Robert Makar is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa which obviously makes him an avid Steelers, Penguins and Pirates fan. A multi-sport letterman with academic honors at Hempfield Area Senior High, Robert went to Texas to attend U.T. Mechanical Engineering. After a year at U.T. he landed an opportunity at IBM where he worked and went to school to become an AIX computer programmer.
For many years Robert was a semi-pro bowler and foosball player which eventually lead him to poker. He is also well known for building custom vehicles, which includes the famous monster truck “GodzillaZ-71”.
After retiring from 20 yrs at IBM, Robert decided to get into the business world, including rental property, a spray-in bedliner business, car restoration and customization, and the latest venture, KOntenders Poker, with good friend and partner Tim Harden.
Robert says, “I have through out my life strived to be the best at anything I put time into and that now includes poker both as a business and a player. I’ve been married to my lovely wife Angela for 20+ years and couldn’t have asked for a better partner in life as she understands my addiction to cars, poker, countless toys and non work activities. I have and will continue to live a very busy life and I see poker being with me till the end.
Supervisor, North Houston
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I am a logistics supervisor for a chemical plant in Pasadena Texas right outside of Houston. I have always been a blue collar worker and did whatever it took to make my Wife and our kids happy and proud of the man I am. I played Texas Holdem Poker for the first time when I was 23 years old with a friend and have been playing ever since. I’ve never been a great player but enjoy the game and the people that I meet and get to become friends with at the various venues. I have done many other recreational activities in my life but have never been as excited as to when I sit down with a set of chips and try my luck and hope to win a game. When I was asked by the Kontenders League to participate in running venues I was over joyed. I love seeing the smiles and compliments from players when I hold games at our various venues. I like having a fun and friendly game with lots of excitement that keeps the players coming back for more!
Clayton and Sarah Hendricks
Supervisors, San Antonio
Clayton and Sarah have been married for 17 years. Clayton was in the US Army for 13 years and relocated to San Antonio, TX with his family in 2013. They have 2 children one of which is the USMC. Sarah works for the State of Texas and Clayton is currently in school to teach mathematics. They have been playing poker since 2003. Clayton loves the statistical side of playing poker and Sarah loves the social aspect and the art of learning peoples tells.
Rich, born and raised in New Jersey, now calls Orlando, Florida home. He has been playing poker since the age of 15. Not only does he love the game, but he loves the social aspect it brings and has made some great, lifelong friends from different parts of the country. Rich is excited to bring Kontenders Poker to The Orlando area so the people of Florida can experience what they’ve been missing out.