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.
Cheri is the happy wife of the North Austin Region Supervisor Tim! She worked in the software field customizing databases and writing code for over 20 years. Cheri & Tim have played league poker together for over 7 years during which Cheri worked as a Tournament Director for almost 4 years. In 2017 she started her own business at the same time Tim started Kontenders Poker in Austin! Life has been whirlwind since then! January 2018 Cheri added social media postings for Kontenders to her list of jobs! In addition, they have 2 adorable Boxer fur babies, Jake & Elwood that are now 3 years old!
“Life is never boring for us!”
Website Guru & Supervisor, Sandhills
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.
Area Manager , South Jersey East
G. Dull, South Jersey Area Manager 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
Area Manager, 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.
Area Manager Raleigh-Durham
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 Area Manager 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.
Area Manager Piedmont-Triad
Much of Sean’s life can be summed up simply listening to Bob Segar’s “Ramblin Gamblin’ Man”. Raised in his grandparents’ bar on Chicago’s South Side, Sean grew in street smarts to a point that’s dangerous for having his level of knowledge. He relocated to North Carolina in 2017, via 11 other states,, playing cards in 27 others along the way and is an expectant father to a new baby girl. He’s accepted the fact that he’ll probably never win a bracelet. This game is about friendship, inclusion, and just having a good time.
Area Manager, 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 was 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, Lakeway Region
Jason was born in Florida but has lived in Texas for over 35 years. Jason has a degree in Business Administration with a major in Management from Texas State University and is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Texas. Jason is an avid guitar player and has been a part of the music scene here in Austin for over 20 years. Jason and his beautiful wife, Heidi, have been married for 16 years and have 3 wonderful kids who are also hooked on Texas Hold’em.
Supervisor, ATX Card House
Pamela started out in Radio in High school. From DJ to Sales Manager for small and medium markets for groups of stations in AZ, NM, and WY, music is a passion. She started her own advertising agency in New Mexico in 2004. Throw in certified bartender/mixologist and it’s a match meant to be for Bar Poker!
Pamela moved to Austin in 2016 and hasn’t looked back! She is the mother of 2 beautiful young women, 2 adorable grandchildren, and 1 grand corgi!
Clayton and Sarah Hendricks
Area Managers, 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.
Area Manager Dallas - Fort Worth
Frank and his wife Cheryl have been together for 42 years. Cheryl, a Ph.D in Mathematics, hired Frank to teach school in Fort Worth and, as they say, the rest is history. Cheryl still teaches, and Frank, after a career of teaching math and coaching, and then 27 years of selling residential real estate in the DFW area, is finally doing what he really loves – organic gardening and playing poker! He is excited about the opportunity to bring KOntenders Poker into the Dallas – Fort Worth area.
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.