Minnesota allows commercial card clubs and reservation casinos to offer live poker. Card clubs must be located at horseracing tracks. In addition to poker, these establishments may also offer house games that use cards. These include blackjack, Three Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker and Four Card Poker.
Minnesota has a $100 bet limit in poker, recently increased from $60. This means that most games in Minnesota are limit games. The highest limit games are typically $2-$100 spread limit, which plays like a no limit game with a $100 max bet. Limit games tend to run no higher than $40/$80.
Minnesota poker tournaments may have a buyin higher than $100. Players that wish to play a true no limit game will need to go to either Wisconsin or Iowa, although neighboring South Dakota has a $1,000 bet limit. Unlike most other states, the minimum age to gamble in Minnesota is 18.
Is Online Poker Legal in Minnesota?
The Minnesota Legislature has yet to address online poker. There are no laws for or against it. This means that Minnesota online poker players have access to every site that accepts Americans. This is good news as Bovada, the largest U.S. poker room, accepts Minnesotans.
Playing Online Poker in MN
Bovada peaks over 2,500 players daily. It offers the most No Limit Texas Hold’em games of all U.S. online poker rooms. Bovada also offers some Omaha and Stud action. Players will enjoy the loose games here. The Bodog Network, which Bovada is a member, specializes in appealing to recreational players. New players will receive a 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus and access to a number of promotions.
Carbon Poker is another great choice for Minnesota online poker players. New players receive a 200% up to $5,000 first deposit bonus. There is also a VIP program at Carbon Poker where players will receive up to 35% of their rake and fees refunded through a points to cash program. Carbon Poker’s software is among the best in the entire online poker industry.
Where Can I Play Live Poker in Minnesota?
The two largest poker rooms in Minnesota are located just outside of the Twin Cities. Most other poker rooms in the state offer less than 10 tables.
Canterbury (Shakopee) – This 34-table poker room is located in the southeastern suburbs of Minneapolis. Canterbury offers Fixed Limit Hold’em between 2/4 and 40/80. It also offers No Limit Hold’em in both multi table and sit and go format. There are ten scheduled tournaments each week. Players will also find a daily 6/12 Omaha High/Low game with a half kill and a Seven Card Stud High/Low game every Tuesday during the cracked aces promotion. There are also regular tournament series.
Running Aces (Columbus) – Running Aces is located just north of the Twin Cities. It offers 25 tables and specializes in Fixed Limit and Spread Limit Texas Hold’em. Players will find limits from 2/4 up to 40/80, as well as a 2-100 spread limit game. An occasional Omaha High/Low game may also be spread.