Running Aces poker hosts its largest tournament buy-in

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Blake Bohn of Burnsville, Minn., captured the Tournament of Champions, the largest buy-in tournament ($2,500) in Running Aces Harness Park history, earning $75K on Aug. 12 by defeating Alexander Condon heads-up for the title.

Bohn, at top right, outlasted more than 75 players and was chipleader at the end of Day 1 for an event that generated a $175,521 prize pool.

Condon of Sioux City, Iowa, won $30,543. This victory adds to Bohn’s strong finishes at Running Aces this year, including the main event and Event 10 of the Spring Poker Classic. Bohn also had three cashes in the 2011 Fall Poker Classic at Canterbury Park.

The event may have had even more players turn out if it had not conflicted with the Arizona State Championship and the WPT Parx Open Classic near Philadelphia. The tournament had a great structure (30K chips, one-hour levels), giving plenty of time to play poker.

TWIN CITIES POKER OPEN: Canterbury Park hosted the Twin Cities Poker Open on Aug. 22-26 as John Alexander of Minneapolis won the event and $38,839. The $1,100 tournament drew 154 entries for a $149,380 prize pool. Alexander, bottom right, also won three events at the 2011 Fall Poker Classic. Nathan Fair of Brooklyn Park, Minn., took second ($20,913). Fair is no stranger to deep runs in tournaments with several Mid-States Poker Tour and Fall Poker Classic cashes.

— John Somsky is the Ante Up Ambassador for Minnesota. You can email him at john.somsky@gmail.com.