Minnesota poker player Matt Kirby became the 9th player in history to win his way into the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Hall of Fame.

Established back in 2017, the MSPT Hall of Fame was established to recognize the poker players on the tour who possess and have shown superior skills and have also racked up a number of long-term accomplishments.

Here is the criteria to earn a spot in the MSPT Hall of Fame.

  • Achieve a minimum of 25 MSPT Main Event Cashes and 1 MSPT Win OR 1 MSPT Player of the Year; or
  • Achieve a minimum of 10 MSPT Main Event Final Tables and 1 MSPT Win OR 1 MSPT Player of the Year

“It feels great, I’m not surprised at all that I’ve achieved HOF status. I could have done it 5-6 years ago if not for Covid these last couple years and then before that I was playing a lot more daily fantasy sports and there was about a three-year span where I may be played two or three poker tournaments,” Kirby said (h/t PokerNews).

“I was aware I was close. I had the hard part done which was winning one or a POY, came close to a POY, but again I don’t make it to a lot of events anymore. I knew I was a couple cashes away towards the end of last year and I knew I was one away before MSPT Running Aces.”

“I was happy to have got to do it in Minnesota especially at Running Aces. The staff at Aces is the best – friendly & professional” Kirby added. “This last MSPT was bigger than anything they have had, and between MSPT and Aces staff it was handled perfectly. Definitely my new favorite place to play.”

“I’ve found a nice balance where I do a little of both poker and DFS, plus my boys are almost 10 and 7 now, so I get to spend a lot of time with them,” Kirby said. “Once you have kids you realize how fast life really goes and the one thing you can’t get more of is time, so I really pick and choose my spots these days if I’m going to go play poker.”

Kirby finished in 81st place for $2,136 last weekend in the Mid-States Poker Tour Running Aces Main Event.

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