Anthony Hartmann Inducted Into Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame

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The Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame committee this week announced its 2016 inductee and welcomed Anthony Hartmann of Shakopee, Minn. as its newest member.  Hartmann has been a vital part of the Minnesota poker community since the 1980s.  He is an original rounder, having played in Midwestern home games with the likes of “Minneapolis” Jim Meehan, Phil Hellmuth, and Big Al Emerson.  Hartmann has been a tireless promoter of poker and has introduced many of Minnesota’s most successful players to the game.

“He’s the last of a dying breed,” said Michael Hochman, Canterbury Park’s Vice President of Casino Operations.  “Here’s a guy who came up from mucking pan in home games, to hustling gin players three times his age, to showing triple-digit tournament success, and continued live-poker success, both locally and nationally.”

“His reputation truly precedes him,” Jim LeVoir, Running Aces Casino and Racetrack Tournament Manager, said.  “Players often remark about any tournament table that Tony is playing on as being a tough table draw.”

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Hartmann began showing up on the tournament circuit in 1993 when he finished 15th in the $1500 Omaha 8 event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  Some of his tournament highlights include a $16,269 cash at the 2002 Jack Binion Open $10K event in Tunica, Miss., a $120,927 final table finish in the same event two years later, and finally a first-place finish in Tunica in 2007 for a $147,988 cash.

“When I made the final table in Tunica, I was sandwiched between Chip Reese and Barry Greenstein.  It was nerve-racking as hell,” Hartmann said. “But what an honor to be able to play with Chip. Now that guy, he’s earned his status as a legend.”

Hartmann has cashed in virtually every major poker tour, including WSOP Circuit, The Heartland Poker Tour, the World Poker Tour, the World Series of Poker, and the Mid-States Poker Tour. He has shown both tournament and live success in New Jersey, Nevada, Mississippi, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Indiana, as well as Minnesota.

While he’s a deadly opponent, at the table his demeanor is light and funny.  “I’m more about the players than the game.  I love the characters,” Hartmann said, “I also love how poker has afforded me the ability to spend more time with my wife and kids.”  While not one to toot his own horn, Hartmann is very well known for his local philanthropy.  He’s extremely generous to Toys for Tots, Second Harvest, and local animal shelters.  He is legendary for his generosity to those who work in the service industry.  “I’ve been very fortunate; very blessed,” Hartmann said. “People from all walks of life have shown me kindness.  I like being able to give it back.”

Hartmann joins Meehan, Blake Bohn, Mike Schneider and Lyle Berman as members of the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.

The Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame is governed by a board consisting of poker industry professionals, poker players, and poker media.  It was created in 2013 to recognize Minnesota poker players who have met the following criteria:

*   The nominee must have a strong Minnesota connection, either by birth or residence.

*   The nominee must have played consistently amongst acknowledged competition.

*   The nominee must have withstood the test of time.

*   The nominee must have played at a high level, consistently well, gaining the respect of peers.

*   Or the nominee must have significantly contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker in Minnesota.

 

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Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees Announced

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The Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame today announced the class of 2015. Blake Bohn and ‘Minneapolis’ Jim Meehan are the newest members of the elite group of poker players that have made an impact in the industry.

Blake Bohn, a Mid-States Poker Tournament professional from Savage, Minn., has had success as a cash-game player since the 1990s.  He first made a splash on the tournament scene in 2005 when he cashed in two events at Canterbury Park’s Fall Poker Classic, just missing the $1,000 main event’s final table.  He had his first World Series of Poker cash in the main event in 2010, and by 2012 had several regional first and second-place finishes.

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Blake Bohn

Bohn began 2013 by besting a field of 392 at the Chicago Poker Classic’s main event, winning $288,171, starting a break-out year where he would go on to win more than $800,000, including a second-place finish in the $1,500 WSOP No Limit Hold ‘Em event, 15th place in the prestigious $111,111 WSOP One Drop High Roller Event, and first place in the Ante Up $1,100 event at Running Aces Casino in Columbus, Minn.

2014 was also a phenomenal year, seeing Bohn catch a $50,000 second place in the MSPT event at Running Aces, another WSOP final table, and two big final-table paydays including a Borgata World Poker Tour event, and a seventh-place finish in the $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

So far this year Bohn has had two WSOP cashes, including a 23rd place finish in the WSOP 10K Main Event for more than $260,000.  He also had a third-place finish at the MSPT event at Maryland Live, and most recently a first-place finish at MSPT in Tama, Iowa.   2015 isn’t over yet and Bohn is still very much in contention for the MSPT Player of the Year with the season-ending event at Canterbury Park this weekend.

“Since 2010, Blake’s name has been commonplace in the Minnesota poker scene. There is no denying the poker skill he has, and his results prove it,” Tristan Wilberg, Casino Shift Manager/Casino Marketing Advisor for Running Aces Casino said.

In the past three years Bohn has had six cashes over $200,000, bringing his total tournament earnings to date to more than $2.3 million.

“Blake played his first live poker at Canterbury Park back in 2000.  It’s always very exciting to see our local heroes have success nationally or internationally.  Blake’s dedication to the game is very apparent and his success is well-deserved,” Michael Hochman, Vice President of Casino Operations for Canterbury Park said.

‘Minneapolis’ Jim Meehan has been playing poker since the 1960s.  He went to law school in St. Paul, and worked for 20 years as a lawyer before going into “semi-retirement” as a professional poker player.  After much success as a local and regional rounder, Jim hit the poker tournament scene in the early 1990s, scoring big in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, including a second-place finish in 1997 WSOP $3,000 Hold ‘Em event, cashing $115,800.

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Minneapolis Jim

In 2003, he battled an all-star field at the final table of the WSOP $2,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Event, including Antonio Esfandiari, Mike Sexton, and Kathy Liebert, to win the coveted bracelet and $280,000.

Meehan arrived at two more WSOP final tables in 2004, getting fifth place in each for a total of $62,000.  He had an amazing 17 cashes in 2005, including 10 final tables totaling more than $200,000, bringing his total tournament winnings to more than $1.4 million.

“Minneapolis Jim has cashed an astonishing 21 times in WSOP events since 1997,” said Hochman. “He’s an absolute character at the table.  He’s not afraid to chat a little, and typically keeps the table in stiches.”

“When the poker world thinks of Minnesota, they think of ‘Minneapolis’ Jim. Numerous times, while traveling, I have been asked if I know him, and I’m happy to say that I do,” said Wilberg.  “His entertaining personality and the skill he displays make him unforgettable at the table.”

Bohn and Meehan join Lyle Berman, the first inductee in 2013, and Mike Schneider who last year was inducted, as members of the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.

The Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame is governed by a board consisting of poker industry professionals, poker players, and poker media.  It was created in 2013 to recognize Minnesota poker players who have met the following criteria:

*   The nominee must have a strong Minnesota connection, either by birth or residence.

*   The nominee must have played consistently amongst acknowledged competition.

*   The nominee must have withstood the test of time.

*   The nominee must have played at a high level, consistently well, gaining the respect of peers.

*   Or the nominee must have significantly contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker in Minnesota.

Mike Schneider Inducted Into Minnesota Poker Hall Of Fame

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Mike Schneider of Minneapolis became the second member of The Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame when his induction was announced Saturday evening. Schneider has been a successful online player since the early 2000s and hit the international poker radar when in 2006 he became the youngest person to win The Party Poker Million for a   $1 million payday at the age of 22.

He captured first place and more than $80,000 at Canterbury Park’s Twin Cities Poker Open in 2008.  In 2012 he won the first ever H.O.R.S.E. event at the Fall Poker Classic at the Shakopee, Minn. card casino and followed that up by defeating a field of 264 to win the Fall Poker Classic Championship Event and $63,700.

In 2014 Schneider won the Midwest Poker Classic’s main event and $48,425 at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minn., bringing his lifetime tournament winnings to more than $1.5 million.

“This year we allowed the poker-playing public to submit nominations and there was an overwhelming amount of support for Schneids,” said Michael Hochman, Senior Director of Casino Operations at Canterbury Park. “I’m not at all surprised.  He’s been a very successful pro since 2005, both in live and tournament play, and is considered one of the best limit poker players alive.  He’s also about the nicest guy in the room, always positive and very pro-poker.  He’s a fantastic ambassador for the game.”

Tristan Wilberg, a member of the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame’s governing board and Poker Tournament Director at Running Aces has been equally impressed with Schneider. “Mike has proven himself to excel at almost every aspect of poker,” Wilberg said. “He consistently wins on cash games, has won several major tournaments, and is well respected in the poker community.  Each time I talk with him, I can tell how much he truly understands poker.  He is an excellent choice for the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.”

“Being inducted into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame is without a doubt one of my proudest achievements as a poker professional because there is little that can compare to receiving validation from your peers,” Schneider said.  “It truly is humbling to be the second member of the hall, especially because this state is home to a ton of poker talent.”

In 2013, Lyle Berman became the first member of Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.

Schneider, 30, is a 2002 graduate of Eagan High School. He received a degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota in 2006.

“I’m grateful for the fortunate luck I’ve had in both poker and life, and my family and friends who’ve helped shape my development as a poker player,” Schneider said.

 

 

The Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame is governed by a board consisting of poker industry professionals, poker players, and poker media.  It was created in 2013 to recognize Minnesota poker players who have met the following criteria:

*   The nominee must have a strong Minnesota connection, either by birth or residence.

*   The nominee must have played consistently amongst acknowledged competition.

*   The nominee must have withstood the test of time.

*   The nominee must have played at a high level, consistently well, gaining the respect of peers.

*   Or the nominee must have significantly contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker in Minnesota.