Over the weekend, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) wrapped up its record-breaking Season 8 at Canterbury Park. It was there that MSPT President Bryan Mileski was inducted into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame (MN PHoF).
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Launched in 2013, the Minnesota PHoF is governed by a board made up of poker business professionals, players, and poker websites. By meeting with a strict set of criteria while players, who must have a strong Minnesota relationship either can get in, there is also a caveat for business professionals that reads:
“The nominee must have significantly contributed to the overall growth and success of the sport of poker in Minnesota.”
Bryan Mileski, who hails from Lakeville, MN, complemented it and established the Minnesota State Poker Tour in 2009. A couple of years later, and after eight occasions in the North Star State, the tour spilled over state lines and morphed into the Mid-States Poker Tour. Since its inception, the tour has hosted 114 Main Events and awarded over $52.6 million in prize money.
“I’m extremely honored to be inducted into the MN PHoF, but I could not have done it without the support of a terrific team including Eric Anderson and Brandon Temple,” Mileski informed CardsChat. “Likewise, I would not be here without the support of many, Blake Bohn and Matt Kirby.
“I also want to give a big thank you for Canterbury Park and Running Aces Casino for believing in a random dude like me,” Mileski added.
Since 2009, Mileski and business have hosted 35 major championships ($1,100 buy) in Minnesota, including 14 at Canterbury Park, 11 at Running Aces Harness Park, four at Northern Lights Casino, three at Grand Casino Mille Lacs, and one each at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Grand Casino Hinckley, and Jackpot Junction.
Mileski is no slouch either. He’s amassed six figures playing online prior to 2011, as well as $ 101,629 in live tournament earnings.
The new inductee joins Tony Hartmann, “Minneapolis” Jim Meehan, Blake Bohn, Mike Schneider, and Lyle Berman as members of the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.
This season, several Minnesota state records were set by the MSPT, beginning with the $ 1,100 Main Event at Canterbury Park of April. That championship, which was, drew 475 entries and became the largest major poker tournament ($1K+ buy) in state history. That record fell last weekend when 493 entries were drawn by the identical tournament.
At Canterbury Park, its 350 Regional Event was held by the MSPT in August and it set the record for largest poker tournament in Minnesota. The previous record was 1,114 set in eight flights at the 2015 $ 115 buy Ultimate $ 100K of Canterbury.
The tour will return to Minnesota five occasions in 2018, while the MSPT currently hosts stops across the country. Season 8 will feature five Canterbury Park events, including the return of four $ 1,100 chief Events, as well the $ 350 Regional Event, with December’s Season 9 finale featuring a guarantee.
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