Anderson wins Great Minnesota Freeze Out poker event

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Canterbury Park hosted the Great Minnesota Freeze Out (Jan. 25-27), attracting 185 entries to its $1,100 event for a $179,450 prize pool. Colin Anderson of Woodbury, Minn., took down the event for $46,654 and earned his largest Hendon Mob entry to date. Anderson, top, entered heads-up play with Sara Watts with 3.1 million of the 3.7 million chips in play.

Watts earned $25,123 for her second-place finish and local pro Chris “Fox” Wallace earned $19,201 for third.

Overall, the final table was full of seasoned players, with only two players earning their first Hendon Mob entry with this cash. Also the event lived up to its names with the temperature below freezing for most of the duration of the tournament and was as cold as minus-6.

BIG STACK AVALANCHE: Running Aces Harness Park hosted its Big Stack Avalanche tournament Jan. 12. The event had 223 entrants with a $500 buy-in and a $98,421 prize pool. Robby Westrom, bottom, won the trophy and the $27,557 prize. The poker room runs its Spring Poker Classic March 7-17 (See ad Page 41), which has a $100K guaranteed prize pool.

Running Aces hosts the Ante Up Poker Tour’s Midwest Poker Championship on April 11-21. For more information, please go to anteupmagazine.com/runningaces .

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