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Skijoring is coming to Canterbury Park Feb. 17, 2018.

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 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!