The poker room at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus celebrated its fourth anniversary with a $1,100 tournament June 30. Reginald Powell took down the event, beating World Series of Poker bracelet-winner “Minneapolis” Jim Meehan heads-up to earn $23,900 and a special anniversary trophy. The tournament had 64 entrants for a $60,980 prize pool.
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: Running Aces will host a $2,500 Tournament of Champions on Aug 11-12. It’s the largest buy-in for any poker tournament in Minnesota and will have a $75K guarantee for first place. Every Monday night freeroll leading up to the event will have one $2,500 entry added to the prize pool and qualifiers will run every Saturday. Also, there will be two qualifiers on Aug 10.
CANTERBURY PARK AND MDEWAKANTON SIOUX AGREEMENT: Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community announced a 10-year cooperative marketing agreement on June 4. The agreement calls for the SMSC to provide about $75 million over the life of the agreement to Canterbury’s racing purses. The two groups also plan to perform some joint marketing to take advantage of their close proximity. As part of the agreement, Canterbury Park will oppose all racino legislation.
— John Somsky is the Ante Up Ambassador for Minnesota. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.