Tournament Season in Minnesota!

The fall is tournament season here in Minnesota, with at least one series, and often multiples, running every weekend. The next few months feature the best selection of tournaments in Minnesota history. Here is a schedule as well as a few of my thoughts on each series.

Midwest Poker Classic at Running Aces – July 28th to August 9th – I love this series! There is a player of the series contest, with the the top two points earners getting main event seats and a nice variety of events so I won’t get bored playing every day. The structures are fantastic with a reasonable amount of play even in the smaller morning events. I will be playing every tournament for the first few days in an attempt to build up some points for the contest. If I am in the running for player of the series I will stick around to the end and play the main event.

Poker Player’s Championship at Ho Chunk Baraboo – August 4th to August 8th – If I am not in the running for the two seats at Running Aces I will be heading down to the Wisconsin Dells to play my new favorite tour, the PPC. My pal Mark ‘PokerHO’ Kroon will be the featured pro and I am working with the tour on the Turtle Lake stop just a few weeks later. The chance to play a smaller buy-in event, have a good time with the boys from Wisconsin, and still have a shot at serious money and a trip to the Championship in Aruba, add up to a great trip.

All-in for Africa at Running Aces August 15th – The All-in for Africa events are an amazing fundraiser with a nice prize pool and tons of bounties. The donated bounties might actually be worth more than the prize pool itself with over $4,000 worth of bounties already on offer as of last week. If you bust me in this event you win a $350 Main Event entry, $85 Main Event satellite entry & $45 Main Event satellite entry in the Turtle Lake PPC event donated by the PPC, along with a pair of Blue Shark Optics glasses and a signed copy of my book. That’s $500 worth of bounties just on me!

Poker Player’s Championship Turtle Lake August 25th to 30th – This will be my first event as a featured pro for the PPC and I’m really looking forward to it. Turtle Lake is a great place to play poker and there should be excellent no-limit and pot-limit cash games throughout the five days of the series as well as the tournaments with nice guarantees and a shot to win a trip to Aruba. Come out and support this one so that we can bring the PPC back to the area again as soon as possible.

Poker Night in America: The Tour August 27th to 30th – Canterbury will be hosting this $1,650 buy-in event with three starting days. Re-entry is allowed in each flight and and playing multiple flights is allowed, so this should be a big prize pool and we can expect some of the best players in Minnesota, especially those with deep pockets, to generate a fantastic final table.

Mid-States Poker Tour at Running Aces September 12th to 20th – Neither Running Aces nor the MSPT has a page up for this event yet, but the dates above are confirmed on the MSPT site. It’s a tournament. Play it if you want.

 Fall Poker Classic at Canterbury Park October 3rd to 18th – As much as I love the other series that are running during tournament season, the FPC has been the premier tournament series in Minnesota since it’s inception more than ten years ago. The fields will be large, the structures will be good, and the prize pools will be huge.

There are a number of other events coming up, including the Canterbury $100k, the Aces Hallow Scream, and the Aces Big Turkey tourney. All these events make me happy that I play live poker for a living now instead of grinding online. I miss online poker, especially Poker Stars, but I don’t miss it as much as I used to now that we have so many events in Minnesota.


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