Kirby dominates Fall Poker Classic at Canterbury

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Matthew Kirby of Bemidji, Minn., delivered a dominating performance during the Fall Poker Classic at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. Kirby started off with a bang by winning the first event. He then placed sixth in Events 9 and 13 and ended the series by winning the main event for $84,502. His four cashes earned him $122,912 for the series. Kirby also won the “King of the Classic” for the daytime events, which earned him an Ante Up Poker Cruise package as well as a $1,100 main-event entry.

The main event drew 363 entries for a $352,110 prize pool. The 16 daytime events and 12 bonus events drew a combined 5,680 entrants for more than $1.5 million in prize pools.

Muneer Ahmed cashed in six events for $11K and Matt Alexander cashed four times, which included a victory in Event 3 and two more final tables, for just more than $36K. Justin Heilman had four cashes in the evening events to earn “King of the Classic” and an Ante Up cruise package. Dan Hendrickson also had three cashes for $39K.

MN POKER HALL OF FAME: Mike Schneider of Minneapolis became the second inductee. Schneider, widely recognized as one of the toughest limit hold’em players around, has been a successful online player since the early 2000s and in 2006 became the youngest person to win the Party Poker Million for a $1 million payday at the age of 22.

ULTIMATE OVERLAY: Chad Ogle of Maple Grove, Minn., won $22K after defeating 800 entrants for the Ultimate Overlay Tournament that preceded the FPC at Canterbury Park.

HALLOW-SCREAM: Shawn Nelson of Cloquet, Minn., took home more than $34K after besting 612 entrants for the Hallow-Scream tournament at Running Aces Harness Park.