Shakopee Minnesota’s Canterbury Park racetrack features a well-proportioned poker room of more than 30 active tables. Quite distinct from some sports venues that only have a token poker offering, Canterbury Park takes the game very seriously. This is hammered home by the fact that two $1,000+ buy-in tournaments are played every year at this site.
The Mid-States Poker Tour cruises into Minneapolis and pulls up at Canterbury Park. Offering life-changing money to players in states that previously had harsh restrictions on their poker offering, these tournaments are gaining in popularity with every passing year. The Canterbury Park MSPT main event prize pool often tops $75,000. Likewise, this racino’s Fall Poker Classic fills the tables in the room and runs a structure beloved by players. This tournament action is a welcome boost to Minnesota residents who are not legally allowed to play no-limit hold’em cash games due to state laws. Canterbury Park alternatives include limit hold’em (stakes as high as $50-$100), plus Omaha eight-or-better and seven-card stud.
The Canterbury Park poker room gives its loyal players discounted drink rates during Happy Hour. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., tap beers are only $2.50, and premium beers are $3. Similar deals apply on the food menu during happy hour. While seated, players can request tableside food and drink service, plus soothing massages to shrug off the tension of a bad beat or fend off the stress of a long day. Canterbury Park runs the MVP rewards card program. When first sitting at a table, hand the dealer your card to accumulate comps that can be used in exchange for any of the aforementioned services. The poker room is open to players aged 18 and above.