The PokerNews Mid-States Poker Tour will be back at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, a longstanding stop on the tour and the site of record fields every time the MSPT comes to town. The tour began in Minnesota, and last year's event at Canterbury Park set a record when retired trucker James Gibson won $96,205 as the last man standing in a field of 376 entrants. Gibson will be back to defend his title, as will previous Canterbury winner Kou Vang.
With attendance from recent tournaments on the rise, the field at Canterbury Park may well set another record. Canterbury Park is one of the Midwest's largest card rooms, with limit games as high as $50/100 expected during the week of the MSPT and no-limit hold'em survivor tournaments running consistently throughout each day. Survivor buy-ins soared as high as $5,000 during the last MSPT event.
Qualifiers start April 20, with Day 1a of the Main Event on Friday, April 26. The venue is already abuzz with discussion of the potentially record-breaking field, and many players have already booked hotel rooms for the weekend. A list of nearby accommodations can be found on the MSPT website along with the entire event schedule, which includes numerous mega satellites along with single-table qualifiers running consistently throughout the week. The first $60 super satellites start on April 6.
The MSPT has a full schedule for 2013 with 14 events in six states. Prize money awarded for Season IV is likely to reach $3 million, a new single-season record for the MSPT. The full schedule is available at on the MSPT website.
Canterbury Park Card Club is located in Shakopee, Minnesota, 20 minutes south of the twin cities and even closer to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. One of the busiest card rooms in the Midwest, Canterbury Park features 64 tables. Canterbury also offers parimutuel betting and table games including blackjack and Pai Gow, with fast and furious action during the horse-racing season.
Canterbury Park has a long history with the MSPT, and fields are typically very large in both the main event and in satellites. In 2013, the MSPT will visit Canterbury Park twice, once in April and then for the Season IV finale in December.
Canterbury Park will be adding a MSPT Main Event seat to every Wednesday $235 weekly tournament leading up to the event. In the past, this has helped create very large fields, with first place in the $235 weekly event often topping $6,000 and fields over 100 players. The added Main Event seat — worth $1,100 — will be given to the winner of each event through April 17.
For further information on all of the events, you can head over to the MSPT website.