Live Racing Countdown, Showers of Cash: April’s Best Bets

April is here. And that means our 2018 live racing season is right around the corner!

But we’ve got plenty of fun on deck this month as we gear up for Opening Day on May 4.

Welcome back to our monthly Best Bets blog, in which we run down all the action Canterbury Park has to offer. Let’s get started!

Live Racing Tables, Tickets & Packages

Tickets for live racing are now on sale!

Secure your table or tickets now for our most popular race days, including the Running of the Bulldogs, Extreme Day, Corgi & Cupcakes and the Triple Crown race days.

Speaking of the Triple Crown, you should act now to reserve a package for the Kentucky Derby, coming up on May 5. These packages typically fill up quickly, with options ranging from open bar in our suite, ongoing appetizers and buffet, to terrace tables for six. The Kentucky Derby is one of our biggest race days of the season, so be sure to reserve a table or two for you and your friends for the biggest Derby party in Minnesota.

Visit our website for more details on Kentucky Derby packages and other ticketing information.

April Showers of Cash

Bank on this: We’re making it rain this April.

It’s raining big wins this month with our April Showers of Cash! Table games players who earn 300 points on Fridays and Saturdays will score an entry to our ball drop game board.

Then on the following Monday, get out your umbrellas because it looks like it will be raining cash from 4-9 p.m.! Win up to $250 for each drop for a total of $750 each week (limited to three entries per week).

Check out this video of the game in action.


Keeneland 250,000 Point Bonus

Don’t forget your MVP Card when you hit the Racebook this month. We’re giving away 250,000 bonus points!

For every $1,000 you wager on Keeneland at Canterbury Park, you will get a share of the quarter of a million in bonus points we’re giving away this April. Watch and wager on all the action to get your share!

The Spring Meet at Keeneland runs from April 6-27. Highlights at this popular Kentucky racetrack include the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) on April 7.

Cars and Coffee

April 7 marks the first Cars and Coffee event of the season.

From 8-11 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month, MN Cars & Coffee helps get some of the coolest and most unique cars around to Canterbury Park.

It’s free to show off your own ride or simply check out the vehicles on hand. Cars and Coffee also features food trucks, beer and other refreshments available for purchase.

It’s held the first Saturday of the month through October and is goes on rain or shine.

Big Race Money Back Bonus

There’s nothing worse than picking a winner… only to see your horse come in second.

Big Race Money Back BonusWe’ve got the answer: Our Big Race Money Back Bonus!

Simply place a $10 Win wager one or all of the featured stakes races on Saturday, April 7 and get your money back if your horse finishes second. The select races are among the big Kentucky Derby prep races:

  • Santa Anita Derby – Santa Anita
  • Wood Memorial – Aqueduct
  • Blue Grass Stakes – Keeneland


Note: The Big Race Money Back Bonus is only valid on your first $10 Win bet on each featured race.

Live Racing Countdown – 25 Days

Who’s excited for live racing!

Canterbury Park is counting down the days until our Season Opener on May 4. And April 9 marks 25 until we bring back the excitement of live horse racing!

Ultimate Super Satellite Handicapping Contest

You can win a $50 entry the Ultimate National Horseplayers Championship Qualifier Satellite in May by showing off your handicapping skills in April.

There is a $10 entry fee for each contest day. Select a track from three offered each day, then pick a horse in each of the eight contest races. Points are awarded on a mythical $20 across the board wager.

The sessions are:

  • April 12-14
  • April 19-21
  • April 26-28
  • May 3-5
  • May 10-12


There will be cash bonuses, and one player for each five entries from each super satellite session wins a $50 entry into the Ultimate NHC Qualifier Satellite Contest on Sunday, May 20.

Spring Festival

Get your craft in gear!

Spring Festival April 2018The Spring Festival: An Arts and Craft Affair is set for April 13-15.

This massive craft expo features hundreds of the nation’s top artisans and crafters displaying and selling their work. It’s an arts and crafts bonanza!

Plus, there will be entertainment, hourly drawings for gift certificates, food and drink and plenty of fun for the family. The event has been voted one of the top 100 shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

Show Hours

Friday, April 13: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 14: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 15: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Adults $9

Seniors $8

Children under 10 get in free

Parking is free.


The Mid-States Poker Tour returns to Canterbury Park in April with a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool!

One of the area’s top poker tournaments, the MSPT will offer several satellites and super satellites leading up to the Main Event, a $1,100 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tourney.

There will be two Main Event flights:

  • Day 1A – 4 p.m. Friday, April 27
  • Day 1B – 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28


Day 2 kicks off at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29.

The most recent two winners of MSPT events at Canterbury Park scored wins of $102,076 and $102,493, respectively. The Main Event final table will be broadcast on

Visit our website for the full schedule of events and find out when you can get in on the action.

Live Racing Countdown – 10 Days

We can’t wait for the start of live racing! April 24 marks only 10 days until our Season Opener!

Junk Bonanza

Junk Bonanza 2017 Canterbury coolLike shabby chic stuff? Need a wall lamp made from an old snowshoe? How about a table whose base was once a vintage Chevy’s front end?

Find it all at the Junk Bonanza! The showcase of handmade, repurposed and vintage goods runs from April 19-21.

It’s a marvel of décor, junk and salvaged items, and vendors come from across the country to show off their goods. You’ll be able to find thousands of unique wares and one-of-a-kind finds.

You truly have to see it to believe it.

Event Details

Thursday, April 19

Early Bird admission: 8 a.m.

General admission: 10 a.m.

Event ends at 5 p.m.

Friday, April 20

General admission: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 21

General admission: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission Costs

General admission: $10 per day

Early Bird admission: $25 online or $30 at the door (early Bird admission includes general admission on Friday and Saturday)

Children under 12 may attend for free.

Cash and checks only at the door. An ATM is available.

Group pricing is available for groups 30 or more. Contact

Parking is free.


Minnesota’s biggest pop-up wine shop? Yaaasss!

Join us on April 28 for Clink!, which brings together 30 wineries from across the state for a huge tasting event. Grab your pals and make a day of it!

Clink! event wineThe $45 ticket* includes:

  • Unlimited sampling from 30 wineries
  • CLINK! commemorative tasting glass
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Food sampling
  • Educational sessions


Doors open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 and the wine flows from 1-5 p.m. All attendees must be 21 or older.

There are also special “Sip and Stay” hotel packages available. Check out our website for more information.

*Ticketing fees apply.

Live Racing Countdown – Five Days

April 29 marks only five days until we kick off the season! Break out for derby hats, brush up on your handicapping skills and get ready come play!

St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway, $100K Car and Cash Madness: March’s Best Bets

March is going to be a month full of madness at Canterbury Park!

We’re giving away a new car and pots o’ cash, plus hosting our Minnesota State Poker Championships, sports star autograph event and simulcasting the World’s Richest Race! Bonus points will be paid out in our Racebook and brides can enjoy a fun sip and paint event with their friends!

If you are looking to score this March, come out to Canterbury Park where there is lots of action happening this month.

Welcome back to Best Bets, where we run down all that Canterbury Park has to offer. Let’s get to it!

$100K Car & Cash Madness

We’re kicking the month off in style with our $100K Car and Cash giveaway!

This is your chance to drive away with a 2018 Nissan Rogue at the end of the month, or walk away with your share of $40,000 in cash.

There are plenty of chances to qualify.

Every Wednesday through Friday from 6 a.m. to midnight in March, players who earn 200 points in table games will receive a peel and reveal game piece worth up to $500 in cash. Each game piece will also have a second tab that tells you if you have qualified to win the brand new SUV!

It’s our $100K Cash & Car Madness! Plus, we will give you bonus chances to win this sleek and stylish SUV from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 when one lucky winner will score the new ride!

Ultimate Texas Hold’em Tourney

Ultimate Texas Hold'em TournamentOne of the more popular table games at Canterbury Park is Ultimate Texas Hold’em.

And every day this March, you can qualify for our $10,000 guaranteed Ultimate Texas Hold’em tournament!

All you have to do is hit a full house or better to be entered into the tourney, set for April 13-15.

You can win more than once at Ultimate Texas Hold’em this March!

Don’t know how to play? Let Canterbury Basic Training show you the basics.

Spring Tune Up Super Satellite

Spring Tune Up Super Satellite ContestHorse players! Get in on the action with our Spring Tune Up Super Satellite, back at Canterbury Park through April 7!

You can win a $100 entry to the Spring Tune Up Satellite Contest if you’re handicapping skills are up to snuff. The upcoming contest dates are:

  • March 1-3
  • March 8-10
  • March 15-17
  • March 22-14
  • March 29-31
  • April 5-7


Check out our website to see how the contest works, and follow along to see which of your fellow handicappers is claiming the weekly prize.

MN RV Super Sale

Spring is right around the corner, and our annual RV sale will make you want to hit the road!

Set for March 1-4 in the Canterbury Park Expo Center, the MN RV Super Sale offers big-time discounts on some of the best campers around.

Show hours are:

  • Thursday: Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Friday: Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


You can browse new and used RVs for sale as four dealerships come together to provide with plenty of options to find the perfect camper. Admission is free. Find more information online.

Remington Opening Day Bonus

Remington opening day bonusHit the Racebook on Friday, March 9 for opening day at Remington Park, when we’re giving away 15,000 MVP points!

All you have to do is wager $50 on Remington at Canterbury Park that day to snag your share of the bonus points*.

Opening day at Remington will feature a pair of stakes races, including the $50,000 Eastex Stakes and $65,000 Mighty Deck Three Stakes.

*Wagers must be placed with an MVP Card. Points will be allocated on Monday, March 12. 

M-8 Pool Tournaments

The M-8 Pool Leagues Midwest Regional Championships returnsPool sharks will hit a different kind of felt at Canterbury Park this month as the M-8 Pool Leagues Midwest Regional Championships returns!

This massive billiards event will be held:

  • March 8-11
  • March 15-18


You can find the full schedule and registration information on the International Billiards Association’s website.

Kentucky Derby Future Wagers

The Kentucky Derby is less than 75 days away!

March 9-11 is your chance to lock in odds on potential contenders for the year’s biggest horse race.

Kentucky Derby Future Wagers can provide odds that may be more attractive than those available on the day of the May 5 race. Win and exacta wagering are offered in each pool and final odds will be set at the close of the pools on March 11.

Reminder: Our $25,000+ Road to Kentucky handicapping contest continues, as well as our Beat PA challenge!

MN State Poker Championships

Minnesota State Poker Championships Poker players, we’ve got the tournament series for you.

The Minnesota State Poker Championships is back this March with four exciting events!

From March 13-18, we will offer a variety of major tourneys, including:

  • $250 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em – 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15
  • $250 Tag-Team No-Limit Hold’em – 5 p.m. Friday, March 16
  • $350 No-Limit Hold’em – Noon Saturday, March 17
  • $250 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em – Noon Sunday, March 18


In addition, we will offer two satellite events so you can play your way into a major payday.

March 13: $65 NLH, 6:30 p.m.

Top 20% win 200 lammers and $50 cash

March 16: $85 NLH, 12:30 p.m.

Top 20% win 300 lammers plus $50 cash

With several options for your game, the Minnesota State Poker Championship is one of the most anticipated tournament series of the year!

St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway

$5,000+ St. Patrick's Day GiveawayGet in on the green this St. Patrick’s Day and cash in on the luck of the Irish at Canterbury Park!

We’re giving away $5,000 in cash in table games drawings from 2-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Our lucky leprechaun will pick seven winners every half hour, with 77 people getting a share of our pot o’ gold!

Also, our Gold and Silver MVP members who win will get a green $25 chip added to their prize!

You’ll be dancing a jig with our $5,000+ St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway!

Brides, Brunch & Brushes

Brides, Brunch & Brushes is set for Sunday, March 18.
Brides, Brunch & Brushes is set for Sunday, March 18. (Submitted photo)

Brides! Are you looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate with your gal pals before the wedding?

You have to check out Brides, Brunch & Brushes on Sunday, March 18!

It’s a sip and paint event that includes a four-course brunch sampling, along with a juice and coffee bar. Tickets cost $35 and alcohol will be available for purchase.

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Presented by Bottle and Bottega Minneapolis, Brides, Brunch & Brushes is a great way to express your creativity and take home a personalized memento that commemorates your big day!

Want to know more? Visit our blog, Celebrating Creativity: Brides, Brunch & Brushes.

Cactus League Sports

Some of Minnesota’s biggest sports heroes will be on hand for the Minneapolis Sports Collectible Show and Autograph Convention!

Set for March 23-25, the event will bring out some of the most notable athletes in the state: Adam Thielen, Harrison Smith, Rod Carew and more. This is your chance to get up close and personal with your favorite athletes!


Special VIP signing: Friday, March 23, 4-8 p.m.

Saturday, March 24: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 25: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tickets: $5, kids 7 and younger free

On-site verification of signatures will be available. Find the full lineup of athletes on the Cactus League Sports website.

Hawthorne Opening Day Bonus

Get your share of 25,000 in MVP points we're giving away on opening day at Hawthorne Race Course!Get your share of 25,000 in MVP points we’re giving away on opening day at Hawthorne Race Course!

Simply bet $100 at Canterbury Park on Hawthorne on Friday, March 30 to qualify for your bonus points!

*Wagers must be placed with an MVP card. MVP points will be allocated to on Monday, April 2.

Dubai World Cup

Our Racebook will open early on Saturday, March 31 for the Dubai World Cup, one of the richest days of racing in the world!

Be here at early to catch all the action from Meydan Racecourse! Total purses are expected to reach $30 million!

Looking Back/Ahead


February’s Best Bets: Things to Do in the Twin Cities During the Big Game and More

 Canterbury Park has casino games, simulcast horse racing and other events in February.
Big game visitor in town looking for something to do?
Canterbury Park has casino games, simulcast horse racing and other events in February.

Canterbury Park, the area’s premier destination for gaming and horse racing, has plenty to offer this February.

If you’re a visitor to the Twin Cities for the big game, Canterbury Park is the place to be! We have round the clock action in our 24/7 card casino with poker, blackjack and Minnesota’s largest variety of table games, as well as simulcast horse racing from across the country.

February is typically a cold month, but things are really heating up at Canterbury Park! From unique events such as Extreme Horse Skijoring to cash giveaways and the $300,000 Guaranteed Mid-States Poker Tour, we’ve got something for everyone.

Here are February’s Best Bets.

Sizzling Hot Seats

We’re giving away more than $30,000 this February with our Sizzling Hot Seats!

Warm up your wallet on Thursdays from 4-10 p.m., when we will be drawing winners every 30 minutes at table games and poker. We will have over 100 winners every Thursday and more than $7,500 in cash to give away each week!

There will be eight winners every half hour, with $50 going to poker players and $100 winners at table games! Plus, Happy Hour runs from 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays!

Odds on Oaklawn

Odds on Oaklawn is back!

Hit the Racebook on Fridays this February for Bonus Payouts on winning bets on Oaklawn.

You can get 10 percent Bonus Payouts on winning wagers on Oaklawn races 3 and 7, and if you’re a Gold or Silver MVP Rewards member, we bump those bonus payouts up to 14 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

Want to be in the know? Check out the Oaklawn Race Meet Betting Guide.

Kentucky Derby Future Wagers

The Kentucky Derby is less than 100 days away and Feb. 9-11 is your chance to lock in your odds on potential contenders for the year’s biggest horse race.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wagers may provide you with odds that could be far greater and more attractive than those available on the day of the race. Win and exacta wagering are offered in each pool and final odds will be set at the close of the pools on Feb. 11.

Galentine’s Day Poker Tourney

Ladies! Grab your gal pals and come out for a night of drinks, dessert and poker at annual Galentine’s Day tournament!

The tournament also includes prize giveaways through the evening and every one will walk about with their own custom Canterbury Park wine glass.

With a $50 buy-in, the No-Limit Hold’em event begins at 5 p.m. (And it’s $500 for any fellas who want to play.)

Poker U

If you have ever wondered why people fall in love with Texas Hold’em, our Poker U course will provide the answers.

This comprehensive class for beginners is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10.

The $50 enrollment fee includes:

  • Pizza
  • Pepsi
  • Poker U Course
  • $40 in Live Play


It’s a great way to learn how the game works and make you more comfortable playing poker. Want to know more? Check out our blog, Poker U: Learn the Basics of Texas Hold’em.

Protecting Paws Poker Tourney

Have fun playing a poker tournament and help animals at the same time!

Our $50 buy-in Protecting Paws poker tournament will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, with an optional $10 add-on to benefit Protecting Paws Animal Rescue, an organization based in Prior Lake, Minn., that focuses on finding foster homes for dogs, cats and horses.

Canterbury College

Canterbury College
Canterbury College

Make each visit to the track more fun and profitable this season with Canterbury College!

The five-week handicapping course kicks off on Feb. 11 and will teach you the fundamentals of horse racing.

  • Paul Allen, KFAN radio personality and Canterbury Park track announcer
  • Brian Arrigoni, Paddock Analyst at Canterbury Park
  • Jeff Maday, Canterbury Park handicapping expert

Canterbury College includes free course materials and free meals. Advanced registration is required.

Find more information on our blog about Canterbury College.

Asian New Year Giveaway

We’re celebrating the Year of the Dog with our $8,800+ Asian New Year Lucky Envelopes on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17!

When you hit a hot hand at table games you will win an envelope worth up to $100 in cash! And for Gold and Silver MVP Rewards Club members, we will instantly double your prize amount at the table.

Asian New Year Lucky Red Envelope giveaway sessions start at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on both Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17, while supplies last. A total of 244 winners will cash in each day!

Extreme Horse Skijoring

What do you get when you cross downhill and water skiing with horseback riding? Skijoring, of course!

This action-packed sport, in which skiers are towed behind a horse, is coming to Canterbury Park on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Competitors will navigate jumps and obstacles on the track, all while trying to stay upright and collect rings stationed along the course racing against the clock for cash prizes. And you can participate too! Visit our website for details.

Tickets cost $10, but use the promo code SAVEFIVE for half off! Kids 17 and younger get in free.

Want to know more? Check out our blog: Skijoring Comes to Canterbury Park.


The Mid-States Poker Tour returns to Canterbury Park from Feb. 16-25 with a $300,000 guaranteed tournament!

You could turn a $65 buy-in into a major payday–play your way into the Main Event with several satellite tournaments starting as soon as Feb. 8.

The MSPT launched at Canterbury Park, which is a proud partner of the poker tournament series.

Looking Back and Ahead

In case you missed it, our 2018 stakes schedule promises to be the richest in Canterbury Park history!

Our Canterbury Basic Training series teaching you how to play table games continues with How to Play Ultimate Texas Hold’em.

Feb. 18 will mark 75 days until live racing returns!

In March, we will be giving away two SUVs and lots of cash! Details to come.

Come Play!

January’s Best Bets: Snowmobile Giveaways, Road to Kentucky Derby

Snowmobile giveaway, free
We’re giving away three Ski-Doo snowmobiles and $70,000 in cash this January!

We’re kicking off the New Year with incredible giveaways, awesome horse racing action and the biggest events! All while filling your pockets with tons of cash!

Welcome back to Best Bets, a monthly feature in which we run down a few of the major happenings at Canterbury Park. Let’s dive into January!

New Year’s Eve

We’ll be flexible and include New Year’s Eve this month–especially when we’re giving away $2,018 in cash at table games throughout the night!

Plus, poker players can get in on our Splash Pots, an extra $50 added to random hands!

Three Card Poker Tournament

This January, players who hit a straight flush in Three Card Poker will qualify for our Three Card Poker Tournament, coming in February with a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool!

Related: How to Play Three Card Poker

$100K Xtreme Sled Giveaway

Play. Win. Ride. That’s all it takes in our $100K Xtreme Sled Giveaway!

This January we’re giving away three Ski-Doo snowmobiles prize packages that include a trailer and a $500 gift card, plus cash–lots and lots of cash! All you have to do is hit a Hot Hand at table games to qualify to win or take home your share of $70,000 in cash prizes!

Championship Snocross Racing

ISOC Snocross is coming to Canterbury Park in early January.
ISOC Snocross is coming to Canterbury Park in early January.

See the world’s top professional and amateur snowmobile racers compete Jan. 5-6 during the Pirtek Snocross National!

Canterbury Park will welcome AMSOIL Championship Snocross and the high-flying stunts and exhilarating racing that comes with it.

Tickets for Canterbury Park’s Pirtek Snocross National, presented by Jimmy John’s, are on sale now. Tickets start at just $15. Save $5 on GA tickets by purchasing in person at the Mystic Lake Box Office.

Cheap & Deep

An affordable $275 buy-in… and a chance to turn your mega stack into a mega prize!

With a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool, our Cheap & Deep No-Limit Hold’em tournament is going to be a blast!

The first Day 1 flight kicks off on Jan. 10, but there will be $70 satellite events in the preceding days. With 20,000 in tournament chips, you will have plenty of room to play!

Big Game Tickets

We’ve been qualifying players in table games and poker for two pairs of tickets to the big game, coming up in February at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis!

As the Vikings begin their march toward glory, be here on Jan. 13 to enter a last-chance drawing and find out who scored the tickets!

Oaklawn Opening Day Bonus

In celebration of Opening Day at historic Oaklawn, we’re giving away 50,000 MVP Reward Card points on Jan. 12!

Head to the Racebook, wager $100 and get your share!

Road to Kentucky

We’re counting down to the year’s biggest horse race, and, ahem, our own Opening Day, with our $25,000+ Road to Kentucky handicapping contest!

Each week features a new track and a new chance to win!

Beat PA

Paul Allen
Paul Allen

Each week as we count down to the Kentucky Derby features a special bonus to Beat Paul Allen for your chance to win a $25 Derby bet!

Simply follow us on Facebook and Twitter each week and look for the PA video with the special “Key Word” and insights to the week’s contest track. To qualify for this special prize bonus, you must have the keyword on your contest form.


More than 25 action-packed mixed martial arts fights are coming Jan. 20 for Mecca XI, featuring Muay Thai bouts!

The card includes:

  • Ben Locken vs. Vlad Domozurov
  • Thomas Jenkins vs. Jacob Rodriguez

Pool and Dart Tournament

If MMA isn’t your thing, you can get in on the competition during the 33rd MOMA State Pool and Dart Tournament!

Featuring more than $10,000 in prizes, the event runs from Jan. 24-28. Have what it takes? Come Play!

Pegasus World Cup

Canterbury Park is the No. 1 place in Minnesota to watch the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational!

Breeders’ Cup winner Gun Runner is expected to be in the field, as well as Gunnevera and Sharp Azteca, joining a group of some of the world’s fastest horses. The race is set for Jan. 27.

Coming Up/Catching Up


December’s Best Bets: MSPT, 12 Days of Christmas

With the holiday season in full swing, you might be looking to get out of the house and enjoy all that December has to offer.

Welcome to “Best Bets,” a new monthly feature in which we run down all the upcoming events, promotions and happenings at Canterbury Park. It’s your one-stop-shop for fun things to do each month! Come Play!

Hope for the Holidays

As we’re in the giving spirit during the holidays, we are asking for your help in giving to area families in need with our Hope for the Holidays initiative.

From Dec. 1-12, players who donate a new toy will receive 500 bonus points on their MVP Rewards Card.

If you want to give more, check out our Giving Tree, located just outside the Card Casino entrance. Grab a gift tag or two from the Giving Tree and place unwrapped gifts in boxes near the tree by Dec. 12.

Toys will be donated to the Community Action Partnership of Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties.


One of the region’s biggest and best poker tournaments will bring its season to a close at Canterbury Park this December!

The Mid-States Poker Tour, which launched at Canterbury Park in 2009, will hold its season finale here, with several satellite tournaments leading up to the $1,100 Main Event!

The $200,000 guaranteed Main Event tournament will be held Dec. 8-10 and help crown the Player of the Year!

Find further details, including satellite dates and tournament structures, on our website.

12 Days of Christmas

During the season of giving, we’re getting into the holiday spirit.

Starting Dec. 6: Wednesdays through Saturdays until Christmas Eve we are playing Santa by giving away cash prizes, mystery envelopes and some of the season’s hottest gifts!

Check out our 12 Days of Christmas page for all the details.

Overnight Holiday Cash Splash

For you late-night elves, we’re giving away more cash to select poker and table games every half hour from midnight until 4 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday from Dec. 6-23.

Free Christmas Poker Tournament

Free Christmas poker tournament.
Free Christmas poker tournament.

Santa will continue his run with a stop at Canterbury Park on Christmas Day, delivering free entries for our $2,100 Shootout!

The No-Limit Hold’em tournament is only open to the first 100 people in line when we reopen on Christmas Day. If you miss the cut, no problem, there will be plenty of players looking for some live poker action.

Canterbury Park will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and reopen at 6 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec, 25.

Santa Anita Opening Day

As a belated Christmas present, one of America’s classic tracks, Santa Anita, will hold its Opening Day on Tuesday, Dec. 26!

In the Racebook at Canterbury Park, we have ongoing handicapping tournaments during December:

Santa Anita just one of the tracks you can wager on in our Racebook this month! Keep up with the daily schedule on our website.

New Year’s Eve

What better way to ring in the New Year than with fun and games at Canterbury Park?

We will be giving away $2,018 throughout the evening in Table Games, with winners every half hour from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Prizes of at least $50, and up to $150, could make your New Year’s Eve even more memorable!

And for the poker players, we will be splashing random pots with $50 as part of the New Year’s festivities! And as part of the New Year’s Eve tradition, we will have

Coming Up/Catching Up

  • Keep an eye out for a big giveaway coming in January! (Hint: Three snowmobiles and lots of cash.)
  • We will also be hosting the Snocross championships in early January! There are a variety of ticketing options available. Visit our website for more information.
  • Need to brush up on your table game skills? Check out our new Canterbury Basic Training video series. You can check out: How to Play Three Card Poker and How to Play Freebet Blackjack.

Come Play!