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Matt Kirby Wins 2014 Canterbury Park Fall Poker Classic for $84,502

Matt Kirby

Matt Kirby capped a successful Fall Poker Classic tournament series by winning the $1,000 Main Event on Oct. 20 at Canterbury Park. The 30-year-old tournament pro from Bemijdi, Minn., defeated 362 other competitors and captured the top prize of $84,502.

The 14th edition of the Fall Poker Classic consisted of 34 events over 17 days at the Shakopee, Minn., card casino and racetrack.

Final Table Results

1Matt Kirby$84,502
2Chris Pehler$47,183
3Dan Hendrickson$34,155
4Andrew Dick$26,408
5Jim Boone$22,007
6Mark Abboud$18,486
7Tony Hartmann$14,084
8Rich Alsup$10,563
9Thao Thiem$8,803
10Jonathan Hanner$7,042

Kirby set the tone for his impressive Fall Poker Classic by winning the first event of the series on Oct. 4. In the opening $340 No-Limit Hold'em event, Kirby bested a field of 417 entries to win $28,516. He also made the final table in two other events, placing sixth in both the $550 No-Limit Hold’em event for $5,354 and the $550 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em event for $4,540.

It was these results that earned Kirby the title of "King of the Classic," an award presented to the individual with the best cumulative performance prior to the Main Event.

The King of the Classic prize included a Main Event entry, and Kirby went on to dominate play on the second day of the Main Event and eliminated many players en route to the title. In total, Kirby earned $122,912 in prize money.

Canterbury Park hosts poker tournaments daily, and the Mid-States Poker Tour visits Canterbury Dec. 6-14. More information is available at

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