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MSPT Season 9 Final at Canterbury Park Dec. 1-9 Features $500,000 GTD Main Event


Season 9 of the Mid-States Poker Tour will come a close December 1-9 at Minnesota’s Canterbury Park, home to the first-ever MSPT event. We’re going out with a bang too by offering a $500,000 guarantee on the $1,100 Main Event, which will take place on Thursday, December 6 through Sunday, December 9.

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 the final Main Event of the season.

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Nearby hotels offer rooms for as little as $39/night.

The Main Event will offer three starting flights beginning with Day 1A at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. Days 1B and 1C will take place at the same time on Friday, Dec. 7 and Sat. Dec. 8 respectively. The surviving players from each flight will then return at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 to play down to a winner.

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 has hosted 17 Main Events at Canterbury Park over the years. Most recently, Blake Bohn made history by topping a 456-entry field to win September’s event for $94,568 and his third MSPT title. It was also at that stop Rich Alsup won his way into the MSPT Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, 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.

In last year’s MSPT Season 8 finale at Canterbury Park, Ben Marsh prevailed over a 493-entry field to win his second MSPT title for $102,493. 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.