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MSPT Returns to Canterbury Park February 21-23 for a $300K GTD Main Event

Matt Kirby

The first of five MSPT events at Canterbury Park in Season 11 will happen February 21-23. The venue, which requires players be 18 years or older, will host a series of $65 and $250 satellites in the weeks leading up to it beginning Thursday, February 6. The complete schedule is posted on msptpoker.com.

The $300,000 Guaranteed Main Event will offer two starting flights beginning with Day 1A at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 playing 15 levels. Day 1B will take place at the same time on Saturday, Feb. 22 and also play 15 levels. The surviving players from each flight will then return at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23 to play down to a winner.

Last February’s $1,100 Main Event at Canterbury Park saw 479 entrants take to the felt in search of a $99,573 first place prize. After two days of play, it was Bemidji's Matt Kirby that recorded the victory, earning his record tying third MSPT Main Event title, tying him with Carl Carodenuto and Blake Bohn for the most Main Event titles in tour history!

Most recently in December at Canterbury Park, the Season 10 Finale cruised by its $500K guarantee by attracting 802 entries, and after a long Day 2, it was Anthony Dunne coming out on top to capture a $155,288 first-place prize. Dunne, who doesn’t have any other documented tournament cashes on Hendon Mob, defeated a tough final table that included three former MSPT champs, two of which were also former Players of the Year. Still, Dunne outlasted them all to claim the title and six-figure score.

Other MSPT Canterbury champs from the past include Michael Esquivel (September 2019 for $98,113), Mark Jaroslawski (April 2019 for $95,700), Matt Kirby (February 2019 for $99,573), Blake Bohn (September 2018 for $94,568), Rob Wazwaz (April 2018 for $109,375), Mark Collins (February 2018 for $102,076), 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).

Lodging: The MSPT has partnered with several local hotels to offer players the best rates possible. There are rooms available for as low as $39/night. You can find deals with six nearby hotels at msptpoker.com. Just click “More Info” next to your desired event, then “Hotel Information”.

Recently, Canterbury Park renovated their card room, gaming pits, restaurant options and entrance to the Track Level. In addition Canterbury 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.”

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.