Poker Room Opens July 9

24/7 operations resume with Texas hold ’em added to existing table games

Poker returns to Canterbury Park on Thursday, July 9 as the Shakopee, Minn. card casino, which has already been offering table games such as blackjack since June 15, expands its hours of operation to 24/7. When the poker room reopens at 10 a.m., the 14 tables dedicated to poker will initially offer Texas hold ’em with limits ranging from $3-$6 to $40-$80.

“It is time to start dealing poker again, and with the experience we have gained running table

Michael Hochman

games, we are extremely well prepared,” Vice President of Card Casino Operations Michael Hochman said. “When poker will return has been one of the most-asked questions I have fielded since March. I am glad to have the answer now and look forward to July 9 when we put the cards in the air.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canterbury Park suspended all operations in mid-March. The card casino reopened June 15 to table games with added safety precautions. The number of players per table was reduced and acrylic shields installed. Face masks were required of all employees and players. Poker will operate with the same measures in place. Poker tables which normally would be nine-handed will host a maximum of six players plus the dealer. The tables themselves are spread further apart than in the past. Table-side beverage service will continue to be offered, however dining at the table will not be allowed. Chips will be sanitized on a daily basis and decks of cards rotated out of play regularly.

“Disinfecting is a constant process that we take very seriously.  The acrylic barriers we’ve designed offer another layer of protection for both our team members and our guests,” Hochman said. “We’ll have a bottle of hand sanitizer on top of every dealer button on every single table.”

While not yet scheduled, Hochman is planning a return of poker tournament play, very popular amongst players, in August.

Card Casino Expansion Features New Culinary Options, New Table Games, Fresh Look

Canterbury Park recently embarked on an ambitious project to remodel the Card Casino, bringing a fresh look, new table games and an exciting new culinary options.

“We’re so thrilled to have the remodeling of the Card Casino complete,” said Michael Hochman, VP of casino operations. “I really think players are going to love the open feel of the space, as well as the new High Stakes room. And the food is remarkable. Chef Seth has really stepped up our food offerings, and there are even more surprises coming soon!”

New Layout

The most striking aspect of the remodeling project is the new space at the entrance from the Card Casino to the racetrack area.

A massive glass wall now divides the Card Casino from the track area, making the space more inviting for live racing guests. In the Card Casino, meanwhile, the poker area has been repositioned and a new dining area, the Trifecta Café, has been built.

“We couldn’t be happier with how the project turned out,” Hochman said. “And it’s really fun to have new games in the room. Pokerlette, Zombie Blackjack, and I Luv Suits are getting great feedback from the players.”

Plus, there is a new special room for guests who want to play high stakes.

Trifecta Café 

The new Trifecta Cafe at Canterbury Park.
The new Trifecta Cafe at Canterbury Park.

Among the major upgrades associated with the remodel is the new Trifecta Café, which features three distinct menus:

• Asian

• Italian 

Featuring artisan pizza selection 

• American Comfort 

Featuring breakfast 24/7 

The driving force behind the new menus is Chef Seth Teiken, who brings extensive high-end restaurant experience to Canterbury Park.

“We have put a lot of thought and effort into the new food at Canterbury Park,” said Ricardo Lopez, Senior Director of Hospitality. “Our guests are going to love the expansive new menus, which keep some of our more popular items while giving players a diverse selection of fantastic fare.”

pizzawoodstoneBoth breakfast and pizza will be available 24/7, while the other menus will be served from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

But that’s not the end of the amazing new food selection at Canterbury Park. A new steakhouse, Little Chicago Chophouse, will open on May 16, offering the finest cuts of meat, fresh seafood and craft cocktails.

“The Little Chicago Chophouse is going to be the premier restaurant in the area,” Lopez said. “We are bringing in the finest steaks, fresh seafood, an exquisite wine list, unique Prohibition-era cocktails and the best service imaginable.”

New Table Games

The remodeling project brings with it three new tables to the Card Casino: Pokerlette, Zombie Blackjack and I Luv Suits.

• Pokerlette

• Zombie Blackjack

• I Love Suits

New Poker Promos

Poker players haven’t been left out of the excitement of the project.

The tables have been relocated in the center of the room closer to the new poker board, and there are new promotions to coincide with the expansion.

High Hand 

Win at least $100 for the top hands:

• Noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays
• Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Aces Always Win 

Aces Always Win, when you get paid for cracked pocket aces, continues from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

• $75 in Hold’em
• $50 in Stud

Splash Pots

Thursdays brings Splash Pots, when we’re juicing randomly selected pots with $50 every half hour from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Late Night Progressive Board

For our overnight poker players, we are introducing our Late Night Progressive Board.

• 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day
• Straight flushes in hearts get at least $100
• Cash prize goes up every day for hands not hit

Once all 10 straight flushes in hearts get hit, we reseed the board and the fun starts all over again.

Other Upgrades

In addition to all that, there are other upgrades associated with the remodel, including:

• Special High Stakes room
• New carpeting in the Card Casino
• New track-side flooring on Level 1
• Self-service soda machine

 

New Food Menu for Canterbury Park Card Casino

 

The Canterbury Park Card Casino on Monday, Feb. 5 unveiled a new menu, with fun additions and more flavors for guests.

“It was time for a change,” said Tony Cullen, kitchen manager.

Some of the new menu items were created after receiving feedback from players, Cullen said, and his team researched current food trends to come up with a fresh taste.

“We are leaning more on the authentic tastes and flavorful creations,” he said.

Find the Full Menu Online

There are several entirely new menu items for the Card Casino. The new dishes are:

Ante Up Apps

New menu in card casino at canterbury park
General Tso’s Chicken – Crispy chicken, sweet and spicy sauce, jasmine rice, steamed broccoli

Gochujang Wings – Smoked chicken wings, Korean chili sauce

Pot Stickers – Pork dumplings, ginger soy sauce

Steak Street Tacos – Carne asada, Cholula crema, cilantro, onion, avocado, lime (See video.)

Chicken Bacon Ranch Flatbread Pizza

Jackpot Sandwiches

Black Bean Burger – Lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles

Cholula Chicken Melt – Chicken tenders, bacon, cheddar, Cholula crema, tomato, grilled rye

Full House Entrees

New food menu in Card Casino at Canterbury Park.
Grilled Salmon – Ginger sesame glaze, grilled asparagus, jasmine rice

Grilled Salmon – Ginger sesame glaze, grilled asparagus, jasmine rice

Chicken Tikki Masala – Marinated chicken, spicy curry sauce, steamed broccoli, jasmine rice, grilled naan

All-in-Wok

General Tso’s Chicken – Crispy chicken, sweet and spicy sauce, jasmine rice, steamed broccoli

Pork Adobo – Filipino braised pork shoulder, jasmine rice

Overall, it’s more of a tweak to the menu than a complete overhaul, though some items are going away entirely, Cullen said. With more appetizers, enhanced flavors and twists on existing plates, he expects the menu to go over well with guests in the Canterbury Park Card Casino.

“I’m excited about the new dishes. I’m excited for our guests to try them,” Cullen said. “I think they’re going to like it.”

The Asian dishes and sandwiches are generally the most popular with players, so many of the changes were focused on those areas, he said.

The soup and salad offerings, as well as Big Stack Breakfast items, remain unchanged.

Ultimate Overlay Tournament

Tournament players – You’re not going to believe this! I could start by saying we’re doing a $130 buy-in tournament that has a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000 and is limited to 750 players. If that wasn’t enough of an overlay, a local tournament player is playing in the $1,000,000 buy-in The Big One for One Drop poker tournament at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and wants to throw a party for his Canterbury Park poker buddies with his winnings.

Here’s the deal – Canterbury Park will be hosting a tournament beginning on Monday, October 1, with a prize pool that will equal 10% of his winnings in the tournament. The first place for that tournament is estimated to be $17,000,000.00. Here’s the math on that, 10% = $1,700,000 in prize money if he happens to win that tournament (and although we’ve seen him play, we know that he COULD get lucky and win this thing) for your $130 buy-in.

The registration opens on June 1 and will close at the 750th player. Of each $130 buy-in, $100 will go to a charity assisting the horsemen and jockeys. And again – The prize pool will be guaranteed at $100,000, with a possibility of much, much more.

With such a small buy-in and the potential for such a huge prize pool, this tournament truly is, The Ultimate Overlay.

Check out more information on our website.

This blog was written by Canterbury’s Senior Director of Card Club Operations Michael Hochman.

Gov. Dayton Signs Gaming Legislation

On Friday, May 4, Gov. Mark Dayton signed HF 2975 in law. This legislation enhances Minnesota’s existing Card Clubs by allowing for a series of changes to their operations. First, this law allows the number of tables in Minnesota’s card rooms to increase from a limit of 50 to a limit of 80. Additionally, it increases the poker bet limit from $60 to $100. Furthermore, the legislation also removes limits on the number of poker tournaments Card Clubs can conduct, as well as limits on the number of tables used in these tournaments.

In addition, the legislation allows card games played in existing Card Clubs to be “banked” card games. In a separate provision, the amended law establishes a framework for the possible implementation of simulcasting of horse races at existing casinos throughout Minnesota.

Read the full press release at www.canterburypark.com

WSOP: The Big One at Canterbury

Canterbury Park was recently named an Official Satellite Home for the World Series of Poker’s: The Big One. Canterbury’s Main Event will be held on May 13 with single-table satellites being held May 7 – 12. These satellites could help you turn $65 into $17 Million by providing you a seat to The Official Big One Satellite.

The Big One is a $1 million buy-in poker tournament that will be held in conjunction with the 43rd Annual World Series of Poker on July 1, 2012 to benefit One Drop, an organization aiming to fight poverty worldwide by supporting access to water and raising each and every one’s awareness of water-related issues.

The WSOP’s The Big One is expected to generate one of the largest prize-pools in tournament poker outside the WSOP Main Event. The winner could win a top prize estimated to be $17 million dollars and a specially-designed WSOP platinum bracelet.

For more information on Canterbury Park’s WSOP: The Big One satellites, please visit www.canterburypark.com.

WSOP: The Big One at Canterbury

Canterbury Park was recently named an Official Satellite Home for the World Series of Poker’s: The Big One. Canterbury’s Main Event will be held on May 13 with single-table satellites being held May 7 – 12. These satellites could help you turn $65 into $17 Million by providing you a seat to The Official Big One Satellite.

The Big One is a $1 million buy-in poker tournament that will be held in conjunction with the 43rd Annual World Series of Poker on July 1, 2012 to benefit One Drop, an organization aiming to fight poverty worldwide by supporting access to water and raising each and every one’s awareness of water-related issues.

The WSOP’s The Big One is expected to generate one of the largest prize-pools in tournament poker outside the WSOP Main Event. The winner could win a top prize estimated to be $17 million dollars and a specially-designed WSOP platinum bracelet.

For more information on Canterbury Park’s WSOP: The Big One satellites, please visit www.canterburypark.com.

Heartland Poker Tour Begins April 19

The Heartland Poker Tour is set to visit Canterbury Park and satellites begin daily on Thursday, April 19. There are Main Event flights to chose from that begin on April 26. Day 2 play resumes on Sunday, April 29 and the nationally televised Final 6 Table begins play on Monday, April 30 at 11:00 AM.

To learn more about the Heartland Poker Tour, check out their website.

For a full schedule of events during the tournament, click here.