Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to Host WPT Alpha8 Florida Super High-Roller Tournament

$100,000 Buy-In World Poker Tour® Event Runs January 17-18, 2015

Hollywood, FL (December 8, 2014) – After making its worldwide introduction in August 2013 during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open series, WPT Alpha8™ returns to Hollywood, Florida for another televised $100,000 buy-in event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 17 and 18, 2015. WPT Alpha8 Florida will feature poker’s top professional players competing alongside the world’s wealthiest amateurs, with unlimited reentries and a massive prize pool. Last year, American Steven Silverman won the historic first WPT Alpha8 event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, earning more than $890,000.

“WPT Alpha8 Florida is another significant poker event that supports our continued efforts of bringing the best in poker play anywhere in the U.S., here, to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. We are excited to have Seminole Hard Rock as a part of the WPT Alpha8 tour for 2015, and for the opportunity to showcase our new resort amenities opening this winter,” said General Manager of Poker Operations for Seminole Gaming, Larry Frank.

WPT President Adam Pliska adds, “Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is the historic site of our first-ever WPT Alpha8 event, and we are proud to be returning in Season II. We understand that several professional poker players and high rollers will be in and around Florida during the month of January, and WPT Alpha8 Florida offers a convenient way for these players to compete for a massive prize pool in a televised tournament with a fantastic structure from WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage.”

For those who want to compete in the exclusive tournament without having to ante up $100,000, they can try their luck at winning a seat into WPT Alpha8 Florida by playing in one of several event qualifiers.

Step I Qualifier ($130 buy-in):
January 4, 8, and 9 at 6 p.m. and January 9 at 12 p.m. Five seats guaranteed into the January 14 Step II Qualifier.

Step II Qualifier ($1,100 buy-in):
January 14 at 12 p.m. Five seats guaranteed into the January 16 Step III Qualifier.

Step III Qualifier ($10,300 buy-in):
January 16 at 12 p.m. Two seats guaranteed into WPT Alpha8 Florida on January 17.

Freeroll Tournament (January 9):

Players qualify by playing 60+ hours of poker in the Seminole Hard Rock poker room from December 1 through January 4. First and second place finishers receive a $10,300 entry into the Step III Qualifier on January 16. The 3rd to 21st-place finishers receive a $1,100 entry into the Step II Qualifier on January 14.

Now in its second season, WPT Alpha8 is a global series of super high-roller poker tournaments broadcast on FOX Sports 1. All tournament structures are designed by WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage, to ensure plenty of play at all levels throughout the event. The World Poker Tour® cameras provide in-depth coverage of all the play down to the final table, offering viewers four hours of unparalleled insight into the strategies and gamesmanship that sets the world’s best players apart from everyone else.

For registration information, visit The Poker Room.

2015 January WPT Alpha8 Qualifiers