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MSPT Returns to Canterbury Park Sept. 12-15 for $300K GTD Main Event


Minnesota’s Canterbury Park, home to the first-ever MSPT event, plays a prominent role on the MSPT Season 10 schedule. We’ve already hosted two Main Events with a Regional Event scheduled in August 2019, 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 12-15.

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 posted on msptpoker.com. Since live thoroughbred racing will be in season, all events will be hosted in the newly renovated poker and gaming room.

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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Mark Jaroslawski

The MSPT has hosted 19 Main Events at Canterbury Park over the years. Most recently, April’s event attracted 450 entries, Mark Jaroslawski of Stillwater, Minnesota, navigated a grueling field, shipping the title and $95,700 after a five-and-a-half hour battle at the final table.

In February, the first of four $1,100 MSPT Main Events at Canterbury Park in Season 10 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!

One year ago in September, The MSPT’s 17th $1,100 Main Event ever held at Shakopee, Minnesota’s Canterbury Park attracted 456 entries and after a full weekend of play, it was Minnesota Poker Hall of Famer Blake Bohn who walked away with the title and $94,568 first-place prize. It was redemption for Bohn, who had finished runner-up in the same tournament the previous April (that marked his third time finishing an MSPT event in second place). That victory at the time tied Bohn with Carl Carodenuto as the only players with three MSPT titles. Bohn previously won the MSPT Season 5 Grand Falls for $54,607 and Season 6 Meskwaki for $101,229.

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 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.