For Season 9 of the MSPT, we’ve expanded our relationship with Minnesota’s Canterbury Park, home to the first-ever MSPT event.

In 2018, we’ll host five tournaments at the card room including a $350 Regional Event and four $1,100 Main Events. In December, we’ll once again hold our Season 9 finale at Canterbury Park, but for the first time ever it will feature a massive $500,000 guarantee.

As for the four $1,100 Main Events, the first will take place February 17-25, and players need be just 18 years old to play. A series of satellites at Canterbury Park – a suburb minutes south of the Twin Cities – will feed into a $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 GTD Main Event held the weekend of February 23-25.

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The Main Event will feature two starting flights beginning with Day 1A at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 23. Then, on Saturday, February 24, Day 1B will take place at the same time. The surviving players will then return on Sunday, February 25 to play down to a winner on Day 2.

The final table will be broadcast LIVE (15-minute delay) worldwide on msptpoker.com using RFID technology allowing all viewers to see the hole cards. In addition, the entire Main Event will be live reported in the MSPT live blog.

The MSPT last visited Canterbury Park in December for the Season 8 finale, which was the 14th MSPT Main Event ever held at the title. Ben Marsh, 32, bested a field of 493 entries – the largest poker major ($1K+ buy-in) event held in Minnesota – for $102,493 and his second MSPT title (he became the ninth player in tour history to win multiple titles).

It was also at that MSPT Canterbury Park that Chris Meyers locked up the Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year title and MSPT President Bryan Mileski was inducted into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, back in April, Mark Wadekamper topped a field of 475 entries to win $110,220. At the end of Season 7, Jonathan Kim prevailed over a field of 464 entrants for $107,659. Amazingly, Kim nearly defended his title, but ultimately finished runner-up to Wadekamper.

Other MSPT Canterbury champs from the past include Carl Carodenuto (April 2016 for $90,805 and December 2015 for $116,103), Dan “DQ” Hendrickson (April 2015 for $106,182), Mike Wilmes (April 2014 for$108,984), Adam Younis (April 2013 for $95,328), and inaugural champ John Dragich (2009 for $34,765).

Recently, Canterbury Park unveiled a $400-million redevelopment plan that would facilitate the development of restaurants, hotels, entertainment, offices, medical, retail and commercial recreational uses. Plans include an extended-stay hotel, boutique hotel, hotel and water park, an office space, new restaurants, specialty options, family entertainment venues and more. The live part includes a luxury apartment complex, upscale townhomes and a senior housing co-op. The vision for the redevelopment is a place to “live, stay, work, play.”

In mid-December, the Canterbury Poker Room and Casino swapped out all their used chairs for brand new ones. MSPT players will definitely look forward to testing them out this February.

Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Casino is Minnesota’s only thoroughbred and quarter horse racing facility. There is also year-round wagering on simulcast horse racing and hosts a variety of other entertainment and special events at its facility.

Through popular promotions and big-money tournaments Canterbury’s Card Casino has become a Twin Cities’ gaming destination.

For more information about Canterbury, please visit us at www.canterburypark.com.

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