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JohnnyGstaks wins USACOOP Main Event, $140,743

Chalk up another huge online score for a Minnesota grinder. ‘JohnnyGstaks’, from St. Paul, took down the PokerStars $530 buy-in United States Championship of Online Poker on Monday night, outlasting a field of 1,650 players for a $140,743 payday. 1. trainwrecks – $140,743 (JohnnyGstaks) 2. JohnFR – $108,294 (JohnFR) 3. dreedog – $125,013 4. TheTaker […]

MSPT Ustream broadcast numbers…

We decided to try something new at the Minnesota State Poker Tour event at Grand Casino Hinckley last week. A live broadcast of the feature and final table via Ustream.tv on MNPokerMag.com and MinnesotaStatePokerTour.com. The technology was rather primitive — two stationary web cams and a table mic — and the expectations for viewership were […]


Play is heads-up.  One player has A-K and the other player has A-J.  The flop is A-5-6.  A-K bets, and A-J calls.  The turn is a 10, and the same actions ensues.  The river is a Jack.  A-K bets again, and, of course, A-J raises.  A-K calls.  The man with A-J shows his hand, and […]

Matt Hyland wins MSPT Hinckley, $38,707

In September, 2009, Matt Hyland won the Heartland Poker Tour Mille Lacs event for $49,932. Thirteen months later, he has added a Minnesota State Poker Tour championship to his resume — at Grand Casino Hinckley for a cash prize of $38,707. Hyland outlasted a field of 139, as well as a stacked final table that […]

MSPT Hinckley Day 1 concludes; Updated chip leaders

The Minnesota State Poker Tour $1K Main Event Day 1 concluded just after midnight, and 54 players remain out of a starting field of 139. Marinela Selseth currently leads the field by a wide margin with 145,100 chips. Behind her (and still alive) are several notable players — Jeremy Dresch, Matt Hyland, Matt Kirby, Everett […]

MSPT Grand Casino Hinckley Main Event Day 1 Live Update

11:00pm  MSPT Main Event Pay Structure is out.  1st $38,707 2nd $19,086 3rd $12,012 4th $9,343 5th $8,008 6th $6,006 7th $5,205 8th $4,538 9th $3,737 10th $3,070 11th $2,669 12th $2,336 13th $2,002 14th $1,668 15th $1,468 16th-18th $1,335 19th-21st $1,201 22nd-24th $1,068 25th-27th $934 10:00pm  Currently we have 87 players remaining.  We are […]

MSPT Day 4 Photo Gallery

The Royal Oaks Poker Room at Grand Casino Hinckley has a full house — 104 players registered for the Friday night MSPT Main Event qualifier. With the qualifier, SNGs and live game going there is action everywhere. Come on out and visit. Here are some pictures of today’s SNG’s and Qualifier’s:

MSPT Ustream update

Update: We are having some off-and-on technical difficulties with Ustream, but keep checking back for a live broadcast sometime Friday night or Saturday morning. Thanks for your patience. The Minnesota State Poker Tour live broadcast is back up and running here at Grand Casino Hinckley — Truman Show-style. We will carry live broadcasts every day […]

Photo gallery: MSPT Thanksgiving edition

There is much to be thankful for in the past year for many poker players.  Minnesota Poker Magazine appreciates all of the loyal readers. We hope that you are enjoying your day of food and football. Come visit us at Grand Casino Hinckley during this week’s Minnesota State Poker Tour event. Here are some photos […]

Las Vegas Observations 2.0

I was playing a no-limit hold’em game at Caesar’s Palace.  I was in the seven-seat, and directly to my left in the eight- and nine-seats was a married couple.  They were perhaps thirty years old and very friendly.  They were Russian, visiting Las Vegas for the first time, though it was clear this wasn’t the […]