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MSPT Returns to Canterbury Park Sept. 8-16 for $300K GTD Main Event


Minnesota’s Canterbury Park, home to the first-ever MSPT event, plays a prominent role on the MSPT Season 9 schedule. We’ve already hosted two Main Events and a Regional Event at the venue in 2018, and in September we’re returning for another $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 GTD Main Event, which will take place the weekend of September 13-16.

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. The complete schedule is still in the works but will be available soon on msptpoker.com.

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.

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“Our partnership with Canterbury Park goes back to the very beginning,” said MSPT President Bryan Mileski. “The card room has a long and rich poker history in the Midwest, and it seems every time we visit things just get bigger and better. We’re looking forward to possibly setting another record leading up to December’s Season 9 finale at Canterbury, which will offer a $500K guarantee.”

The MSPT has hosted 16 Main Events at Canterbury Park over the years. Most recently, April’s event attracted 526 entries to make it the largest major poker tournament ($1K+ buy-in) in Minnesota history. Rob Wazwaz took down the tournament for $109,375. In February’s event, which drew 491 entries, Illinois’ Mark Collins walked away with a $102,076 top prize.

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.”

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.