In 2001, still a few years before the poker boom, Canterbury Park launched a two-week poker event that attracted 953 players for 12 events, generating a total prize pool of just under $200,000. Fast forward to 2014, and Canterbury Park’s Fall Poker Classic has become a "must stop" on the poker tournament circuit and expects to draw nearly 6,000 players and generate over $1.5 million in prizes over the next few weeks.
The Canterbury Park Fall Poker Classic kicks off on October 4, and features more than 30 different tournaments, including five two-day events, over the 17-day period.
“The Fall Poker Classic truly is the region’s premier poker event,” said Michael Hochman, Sr. Director of Card Casino Operations at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. “We’re excited to once again welcome players from around the country and the world to Canterbury Park to experience first-hand our reputation for great service and a professionally run series.”
The Fall Poker Classic has a strong reputation among tournament players, helping attract entrants from over 40 states and several countries last year.
One of those players is John Morgan, who is known for playing the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop in Las Vegas.
“I’m blessed to travel around the country and play in poker rooms and tournaments all over,” said Morgan. “I can without a doubt say that Canterbury Park is the best, most professionally run room I’ve played in.”
Over the previous 13 Fall Classics, Canterbury Park has attracted World Series of Poker Main Event champions Greg Raymer and Jerry Yang, along with two-time WSOP women’s champion Susie Isaacs and poker icon Phil Hellmuth. Additionally, 2007 Fall Poker Classic Main Event Champion Daniel Sindelar is a member of this year’s WSOP November Nine.
“We have a very robust poker community in Minnesota, which helps make the Fall Poker Classic so special,” said Hochman. “I’m always extremely proud of our entire staff during this event – They put together a phenomenal tournament series.”
A few event highlights include a $230 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em Event, a $340 H.O.R.S.E. event and, of course, the $1,100 Championship. Additionally, this year’s "King of the Classic" for both daytime and evening events will win an Ante Up cruise package with a balcony room.
Find the full tournament schedule at CanterburyPark.com.
Of course, if you’re looking to build your bankroll for the FPC, don’t miss this year’s $100,000 Guaranteed Ultimate Overlay tournament. You can take your shot at the $100,000 prize pool for just $130. Action kicks off with four separate Day 1s running nightly at 6:30 p.m. local time from September 27 to October 1. Day 2 returns at noon on October 2. The tournament is limited to 850 people, so get your seat now.
Canterbury Park is located just 25 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) airport. Players must be 18 to play at Canterbury Park.