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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. 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 […]

Thanksgiving Week at Canterbury Park Race Book

Tampa Bay Downs begins its 94th season of racing this Wednesday with an 11:25 a.m. first post.  Long-time local race fans will notice a familiar face offering selections in the competitive fields as Matt Carothers will handle those duties for the 90-day season. Carothers was Canterbury’s racing analyst in the early Park years before leaving […]

Brandon Welter: From Platinum Pass to $35,000 Cash

Brandon Welter Canterbury Park Poker Players Championship

Brandon Welter, a regular in the Canterbury Park poker room, works as an actuary. He puts his knowledge of statistics and probability to use when he navigates the action on the felt. Still, he probably didn’t want to calculate his odds of winning the PokerStars Players Championship, where he went up against some of the […]

Poker Diaries Part 2: The Hall of Fame Worthy Kou Vang

Kou Vang MSPT

By Michael Iverson The leaves are starting to turn and the temperatures are starting to drop. If you have lived in the Midwest long enough you know that summer is officially over. I often find myself in a trance when driving through the country watching the colors change from tree to tree. Poker can be […]

Canterbury Poker Dealer Wanted to Win MSPT Event ‘For the Home Team’

Tyree Johnson Canterbury dealer MSPT final table

Tyree Johnson took eighth place, winning $11,000. Tyree Johnson has been a poker dealer at Canterbury Park for more than three years. And when he made the final table at during the September 2018 Mid-States Poker Tour $1,100 buy-in event, Johnson had the support of his fellow dealers. “I was thinking, ‘Do it for the […]

Poker Diaries Part 1: John Reading

John_Reading Council Bluffs Iowa 2015

By Michael Iverson Michael Iverson is a recreational poker player who primarily plays 8/16 and 20/40 Hold’em along with multi-table tournaments at Canterbury Park. He is a contract manager in the legal department at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Michael lives in Stewartville, Minn., with his wife, Andrea and three children Gavin (9), Mackenzie (8) and […]

Drew Lee: From the Radio Booth to the Poker Tables

Drew Lee Poker Canterbury

Interviewing people on the radio for Twin Cities News Talk has its advantages at the poker table. So says Drew Lee, co-host of “Justice and Drew,” the morning show on KTLK. “You have to get good at extracting information,” Lee said in the Casino at Canterbury Park on July 11, a few minutes before he […]

Matt Hamilton on Poker and Playing in the WSOP Main Event

Poker Matt Hamilton Canterbury Park

By Matt Hamilton Hey! My name is Matt Hamilton. Before I chat about poker, I’d like to briefly introduce myself. I’m 27 years old, married, with one girl and another kiddo on the way. I live and work in North Minneapolis, and absolutely love it there. I work with young people, and can say with confidence […]

Summer Series, Poker Is Fun Tour: How to Play the Games


The Summer Series Poker Tournament at Canterbury Park begins July 19, and the series includes several unique events. Including some games you may not have played before. The tournament series includes three events from the Poker Is Fun Tour (PIFT), featuring Crazy Pineapple and Winners Shown. Full Summer Series Schedule In addition to those two […]