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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Announces the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Held Aug. 3 to Aug. 15

“The Big 4” Four-Tournament Finale Carrying a Combined $6.5 Million in Guaranteed Prize Pools Will Be Televised and Live Streamed in Partnership with Poker Night in America

 HOLLYWOOD, Fla (June 21, 2017) – The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) will celebrate its fifth season of highly-anticipated, top tournament play at South Florida’s iconic entertainment destination Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., since the historic introduction in 2013. SHRPO will take place Thursday, Aug. 3 to Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 featuring its signature four-tournament finale, The Big 4, now returning for the third year. The SHRPO Championship $5,250 (Single RE) will carry a $3 million guarantee. Filmed by Poker Night in America and televised on CBS Sports Network, The Big 4 will be played at Hard Rock Live on Tuesday, Aug.15. All of the synchronized poker action will be live streamed online and available at SHRPO.com.

The Big 4 feature staggered structures designed to cascade toward their completions, with the final four tables playing out alongside each other in front of a live audience. Doubling-up once again to emcee on The Big 4 are professional poker player and TV personality Maria Ho and national network television host and poker commentator Ali Nejad.

Carrying combined prize pools of $6.5 million, The Big 4 includes premium events:

  • $1,100, NLH (Re-Entry) $500,000 guarantee starts at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9
  • $5,250 SHRPO Championship NLH (Single Re-Entry) $3 million guarantee starts at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 11
  • $2,650, NLH (Freeze-Out) $1 million guarantee starts on at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13
  • $25,500 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry) $2 million guarantee starts at noon on Monday, Aug. 14.

Other highlight events surrounding The Big 4 include a new to the series $50,000 buy-in $1 million guarantee Super High Roller (Aug. 8), a $10,000 buy-in $500,000 guarantee (Aug. 15), $570 buy-in $1 million guarantee series opener (Aug. 3) and $300 buy-in Charity Series of Poker presenting The Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic (Aug. 7).

“The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is the crown jewel of our poker series here at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood,” said Tournament Director Tony Burns. “We’re excited to once again welcome the poker world to South Florida and are really looking forward to the return of The Big 4 along with the addition of a $50,000 buy-in, $1 million guarantee Super High Roller and a $10,000 buy-in, $500,000 guarantee one-day event.”

Last year’s tournaments boasted nearly $14 million in prize pools bordering on 17,000 entries. Jason Koon (Weston, W.V.) won the $5,250 buy-in SHRPO Championship taking home the top prize of $1 million while Marvin Rettenmaier (Stuttgart, Germany) won the $25,500 High Roller for $787,497. Bradley Snider (Plantation, Fla) won the $2,650 Freeze-Out for $246,400, and Ruslan Dykshteyn (Hollywood, Fla.) won the $1,100 Re-Entry for $151,100.

This year, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) will present The Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic benefiting the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation taking place on Monday, Aug. 7. The charity event kicks off with an exclusive player party taking place prior to the tournament’s 7 p.m. start time. Guests will enjoy live music, cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres and a chance to win more than $30,000 in cash and prizes including a $5,250 seat in the SHRPO $3 Million Guarantee Championship. Former major league baseball player Jeff Conine will be in attendance at the event which will play in the tournament room.

The 2017 SHRPO Big 4 broadcast will air on Season 6 of Poker Night in America on CBS Sports Network.

 On-site registration for the $3 million Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is open. For more information and to view the series schedule, please visit SHRPO.com. Follow us on Twitter at @SHRPO and @SHRThePokerRoom, #SHRPO.

 Media Contact:

Yaffa Mizrachi, Director of Public Relations

E: Yaffa.Mizrachi@SeminoleHardRock.com

C: 954-895-6480, O: 954-327-7504

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood Fla. Announces the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Series Held March 16 to April 9, 2017 Featuring Two World Poker Tour Season XV Events

$3,500 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship and $10,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale Each Feature $2 Million Guarantees and Award Seats into the Season-Ending WPT Tournament of Champions.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2017) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. has announced the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (SHRP Showdown) is slated Thursday, March 16 to Sunday, April 9, 2017. For the second consecutive year, the series runs in partnership with the World Poker Tour, featuring two Season XV events – the $3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Championship and $10,000 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale. Each tournament features a $2 million guarantee and awards-entry into the season-ending Tournament of Champions which runs Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9.

“We’re excited to continue to run some of the highest profile events in the world here in South Florida,” said Jason Newman, director of poker marketing for Seminole Gaming. “The success of last year’s $10,000 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale and $25,500 High Roller allowed us to up the ante for this year’s event with the addition of a $50,000 Super High Roller.”

Highlight events on this year’s schedule include:

  • $3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship $2 million guaranteed; live streamed on WPT.com (March 31 – April 5)
  • $10,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Finale $2 million guaranteed; live streamed on www.WPT.com (April 2- 6)
  • $25,500 High Roller $1 million guaranteed (April 4-5)
  • $50,000 Super High Roller $1 million guaranteed (March 29-30)
  • $15,000 WPT Tournament of Championship; live streamed on WPT.com and filmed for television (April 7-9)

The $50,000 buy-in Super High Roller is a new addition to the 2017 schedule. The tournament comes on the heels of a $50,000 buy-in High Roller during the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” which drew more than 20 participants. Joining as a headliner on the 2017 SHRP Showdown schedule are the return of the $25,500 buy-in High Roller as well as the $350 buy-in, $500,000 guaranteed opener and a $570 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed event. Beginning Wednesday, March 29, is a $300 charity tournament benefitting the Jason Taylor Foundation. Half of each buy-in will be donated to the Pro Football Hall of Famer’s non-profit which creates and supports programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life.

SHRP Showdown series satellites are running now at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. Players are able to earn their way into the $25,500 High Roller for as little as $80 while $10,000 Finale tickets can be won for $125 and $3,500 Championship seats for $95. The property is also giving away one free Championship seat via an online promotion at www.HardRockPoker.com/Win.

To participate in a tournament, players must obtain a Wild Card at the Player’s Club or in the poker room free of charge. More information, schedule and contest rules can be found at www.SHRPO.com

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Boiler

Seminole Hard Rock Poker (SHRP) is a year-long traveling tournament circuit that is inclusive of four major poker series held annually at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In August 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) was introduced to poker players around the world and featured a $10 million guaranteed championship, the largest guarantee in history. In addition to SHRPO, the Hollywood SHRP series’ include the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (January), Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (April) and Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Poker Open (November). All four series fall under the SHRP umbrella with their championships awarding points toward the SHRP Player of the Year race. The SHRP brand also runs events at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee. For Hollywood updates, visit www.SHRPO.com. Join the conversation at #SHRPO, and tag us @SHRPO.

About Seminole Hard Rock

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is South Florida’s iconic entertainment destination located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach. The AAA Four Diamond-rated resort features 469 luxury guest rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, premium meeting and convention space and a 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. The casino offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room.

Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. In the heart of the hotel is L Bar, a sophisticated, contemporary lounge showcasing handcrafted classic cocktails with a twist. Contemporary and casual eateries, include Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 167 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

For more information, call 800-937-0010, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, or follow us on Facebook: @SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

Michael Graffeo of Boca Raton, Fla. Wins $290,687 in Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open WPTDeepStacks Main Event

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. once again draws record crowds

Michael Graffeo, 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts WPTDeepStacks Champion

Photo Credit: Photographer, Ralph Notaro, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood

Editor’s Note: click here to download photo of Michael Graffeo of Boca Raton, Fla.

 HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (January 25, 2017) – Michael Graffeo of Boca Raton, Fla. walked away with $290,687 after winning first place in the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) WPTDeepStacks Main Event on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. The series finale carried a $1,100 buy-in, $1 million guarantee and featured three starting flights. A total of 1,509 players entered the event, creating a prize pool of $1,463,730. In addition to the six-figure prize, Graffeo was awarded a $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship package and a $5,250 seat in the $5 million guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship, taking place this August.

“The tournament and structure were great,” Graffeo told WPTDeepStacks staff following the win. “The dealers and the staff are unbelievable. Seminole Hard Rock is a terrific place to play.”

Graffeo, 41, works in the mortgage industry and was born in Brooklyn, NY. He previously played poker semi-professionally and took a few-years hiatus from the game to raise his children. Graffeo recently moved to Boca Raton, Fla., and now plans to pursue poker more seriously. The Main Event was the first tournament he played in two months, and he bested a decorated final table.

The final table was livestreamed online with a 30-minute delay and showed players’ hole cards. The other players at the table were Dantonio Brown, Loni Harwood, Marc Levy, Charlemagne Benjamin, Timothy Banks, Timothy Miles, Luis Torres and Aaron Massey.

Final table results:

1st: Michael Graffeo – $290,687
2nd: Dantonio Brown – $178,209
3rd: Loni Harwood – $110,431
4th: Marc Levy – $93,049
5th: Charlemagne Benjamin – $77,127
6th: Timothy Banks – $62,081
7th: Timothy Miles – $47,766
8th: Luis Torres – $34,473
9th: Aaron Massey – $25,563

Kicking off the 2017 LHPO was a $360 Ultimate Re-Entry event. Last year, the tournament drew a field of over 4,000 players, marking the largest poker tournament in Florida state history at that time. This year’s installment saw a year-over-year attendance increase of nearly 700 entries putting the final player count at 4,756. Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood has since broke the Florida state attendance record following a 5,000-entry field in November. The Ultimate Re-Entry’s 4,756-player field is the second largest in the state’s history and the resort now holds the top three spots in tournament attendance records. Winning the event was Florida local Jerry Wong. Wong, best known for his appearance as a member of the November Nine, turned the $360 buy-in into $250,000.

The 2017 LHPO series ran from Thursday, Jan. 12 to Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. More information on the series, including complete results and winner photos, is available at www.SHRPO.com.

Media Contact

Yaffa Mizrachi, Director of Public Relations
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
O: 954-327-7504 | C: 954-895-6480
yaffa.mizrachi@seminolehardrock.com

About Seminole Hard Rock Poker

Seminole Hard Rock Poker (SHRP) is a year-long traveling tournament circuit that is inclusive of four major poker series held annually at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In August 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) was introduced to poker players around the world and featured a $10 million guaranteed championship, the largest guarantee in history. In addition to SHRPO, the Hollywood SHRP series’ include the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (January), Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (April) and Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Poker Open (November). All four series fall under the SHRP umbrella with their championships awarding points toward the SHRP Player of the Year race. The SHRP brand also runs events at Seminole Hard rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Cash Hotel Immokalee. For Hollywood updates, visit www.SHRPO.com. Join the conversation at #SHRPO, and tag us @SHRPO.

About Seminole Hard Rock

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is South Florida’s iconic entertainment destination located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach. The AAA Four Diamond-rated resort features 469 luxury guest rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, premium meeting and convention space and a 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. The casino offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. In the heart of the hotel is L Bar, a sophisticated, contemporary lounge showcasing handcrafted classic cocktails with a twist. Contemporary and casual eateries, include Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 177 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

For more information, call 954-327-ROCK or 800-937-0010, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, or follow us on Facebook: @SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Hosts the Lucky Hearts Poker Open Beginning January 12

$360 Buy-In and $500,000 Guarantee Ultimate Re-Entry Tournament Returns Following a Record-Breaking Turnout of More Than 4,000 Entries in 2016

 HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (November 18, 2016) – Seminole Hard Rock Poker (SHRP) returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. with the Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) Jan. 12-25, 2017. Marking the fifth of 10 events on the 2016-2017 SHRP schedule, the 16-tournament LHPO features two headliners – the series-opening Ultimate Re-Entry with a $500,000 guarantee event and the live streamed $1 Million Guaranteed Main Event. Both tournaments are presented in partnership with WPTDeepStacks as the year-long tour kicks off its fourth season.

Boasting a $360 buy-in and $500,000 guarantee, the Ultimate Re-Entry is a one-of-a-kind event that solidified its spot on the LHPO schedule following a then-record turnout of more than 4,000 entries during the January 2016 series. Besting a record-setting field was Thai Ha of Pennsylvania who leveraged his buy-in into more than $230,000. The event will offer eight starting flights beginning Jan. 12. Players will earn $2,500 Multi-Stack Payouts for each day they bag, after their first. Those who advance will carry their largest chip stack forward and all Day 2 players are guaranteed a payout.

The $1 Million Guaranteed Main Event starts Jan. 19, featuring a $1,100 buy-in with three starting flights. Last year’s installment drew 1,684 entries, becoming the largest Main Event in WPTDeepStacks history. Overcoming the super-sized field was Canadian Salomon Ponte who earned $344,420 for his efforts. The 2017 Main Event will be live streamed with hole cards and commentary.

The LHPO is the second of four SHRP series to take place at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood this season. All series Championships are points eligible in the year-long SHRP Player of the Year (POY) race. Following the conclusion of the final series, the top POY points earner, wins a prize package valued at over $32,000. SHRP POY Details are available at HardRockPoker.com.

Satellite events for LHPO will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood beginning this month. For more information, including the tournament schedule and live streaming details, please visit us online at www.SHRPO.com and follow us on Twitter at @SHRPO and @SHRThePokerRoom.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach, features a AAA Four Diamond resort with 469 luxury rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, and premium meeting and convention space. As South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Seminole Hard Rock hosts top-name acts at its 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena and offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The resort also features contemporary and casual eateries.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Boiler

Seminole Hard Rock Poker (SHRP) is a year-long traveling tournament circuit that is inclusive of four major poker series held annually at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In August 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) was introduced to poker players around the world and featured a $10 million guaranteed championship, the largest guarantee in history. In addition to SHRPO, the Hollywood SHRP series’ include the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (January), Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (April) and Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Poker Open (November). All four series fall under the SHRP umbrella with their championships awarding points toward the SHRP Player of the Year race. The SHRP brand also runs events at Seminole Hard rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Cash Hotel Immokalee. For Hollywood updates, visit www.SHRPO.com. Join the conversation at #SHRPO, and tag us @SHRPO.

Media Contact

Yaffa Mizrachi, Director of Public Relations

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

O: 954-327-7504 | C: 954-895-6480

yaffa.mizrachi@seminolehardrock.com

Seminole Hard Rock Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Begins Nov. 16 with First-Time South Florida Event

$360 Buy-In, $1 Million Guarantee Kicks-Off The Action and $2 Million Guaranteed Championship Headlines Series with Live Streaming Expanded to Include Preliminary Tournaments Broadcast With Hole Cards and Commentary.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2016) – Poker action returns to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. from Nov. 16 – 30, 2016 with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker (SHRP) Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO). The poker community will come together once again at the AAA Four Diamond-rated resort for a 15-day, 14-tournament series highlighted by a $3,500 buy-in, $2 million guaranteed Championship.

Sharing the spotlight is the $360 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed opener, the first event in Florida poker history to offer a seven-figure guarantee at this price point. “We look forward to presenting a product that’s never been offered in this region,” said Tony Burns, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino tournament director. “The idea that one or more players could turn a modest $360 investment into a six-figure score is something we’re very excited about.”

The series will also feature a $50,000 buy-in High Roller. The event, also new to the series, is structured as a one-day Turbo. “After experiencing strong turnouts at previous Seminole Hard Rock Poker $25,000 High Roller events, we received feedback from local high-limit players that encouraged us to add the $50,000 tournament on our schedule,” said William Mason, director of poker at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “We expect to draw some of the games’ most elite.”

Another first for Seminole Hard Rock Poker will be a series of tournaments live streamed by Poker Night in America. Historically, Poker Night in America only streamed Championships and cash games. Complete with commentary and hole cards, the live streaming will be comprised of featured tables during the early stages of play and final table coverage during the late stages of play.

The new schedule includes a total of 10 days of broadcasting online at www.SHRPO.com. (Schedule is tentative and subject to change.)

  • Sunday Nov, 20 – $1,000,000 guarantee feature table/final table
  • Monday, Nov. 21 – $1,000,000 guaranteed final table (if applicable)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22 – $50,000 High Roller feature table/final table
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23 – $250,000 guarantee feature table/final table
  • Friday, Nov. 25 – Poker Night in America high roller cash game
  • Saturday, Nov. 26 – Poker Night in America ladies night cash game
  • Sunday, Nov. 27 – $2,000,000 guaranteed Championship feature table
  • Monday, Nov. 28 – $2,000,000 guaranteed Championship feature table
  • Tuesday, Nov. 29 – $2,000,000 guaranteed Championship feature table
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30 – $2,000,000 guaranteed Championship final table

The $2 Million Guaranteed Championship will be broadcast on CBS Sports network as part of Poker Night in America’s “The Final Table.”

Poker hotel rates are available at $139 Sunday-Thursday and $189 Friday and Saturday. Players are encouraged to book through www.SHRPO.com. For more information, call 954-327-ROCK or 800-937-0010. Visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, or follow us on Facebook: @SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

About Poker Night in America

Poker Night in America is the hit TV series that brings the fun back to poker.  Each week they travel to North America’s best card rooms to show the excitement of no-limit cash poker played by the game’s greatest players.  It’s a show not just about poker, but about the personalities behind the chip stacks, both on and off the table. No hoodies or headphones allowed!  Poker Night in America is here to remind us all why we love America’s true pastime.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach, features a AAA Four Diamond resort with 469 luxury rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, and premium meeting and convention space. As South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Seminole Hard Rock hosts top-name acts at its 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena and offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The resort also features contemporary and casual eateries, including Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 155 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

Media Contact

Yaffa Mizrachi, PR Manager

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

O: 954-327-7504 | C: 954-895-6480

yaffa.mizrachi@seminolehardrock.com

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF CHARITY SERIES OF POKER TOURNAMENT DURING THE SEMINOLE HARD ROCK POKER OPEN ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 BENEFITING MAXIMUM HOPE FOUNDATION

The Big 4 Finale Will Carry a Combined $7.5 Million in Guaranteed Prize Pools Televised by Poker Night in America on CBS Sports Network

 Hollywood, Fla. (July 20, 2016) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. has announced the Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) will return to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) for the third year in a row, and will benefit the Maximum Hope Foundation. On Friday, Aug. 12, at 5 p.m., the CSOP tournament kicks off Championship weekend with an exclusive player party at L Bar located inside the hotel. Guests will enjoy live music, cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres and a chance to win more than $30,000 in cash and prizes. Prizes include a seat in to the following day’s SHRPO $5 Million Guaranteed Championship, a Hard Rock Mexico Package and much more.

Brad Garrett, Maximum Hope Foundation Founder and actor best known for his role as “Robert Barone” on the iconic television series “Everybody Loves Raymond,” will be in attendance at the event and will play in the CSOP tournament starting at 7 p.m. that evening.

The SHRPO will take place July 28 – August 16, 2016. The series schedule features an exciting line-up of tournament play, including the return of “The Big 4” – a four-tournament finale to be played at Hard Rock Live and filmed by Poker Night in America. Television personalities and poker players Ali Nejad and Maria Ho serve as live emcees and provide commentary for all four final tables simultaneously. Televised on CBS Sports Network and live streamed online at www.PokerNight.com, The Big 4 will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 16, carrying a combined $7.5 million in guaranteed prize pools. The 2016 SHRPO Big 4 broadcast will air on Season 5 of Poker Night in America on CBS Sports Network.

 “I am so thankful to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the Charity Series of Poker for hosting this amazing event to benefit Maximum Hope Foundation.  I started this non-profit when I realized how lucky I was to have two healthy children, and wanted to help those parents who are wiped out financially while their son or daughter battles to survive,” said Garrett. “I am a big believer in the power of remaining grateful and giving back, and feel truly honored to have found such wonderful like-minded people in Matt Stout and the Hard Rock family.  I look forward to playing in this event and hope you will join me for a great time in support of a great cause.”

 Since Brad Garrett founded Maximum Hope Foundation in the year 2007, more than one thousand families caring for a child with a life-limiting illness have received financial relief when they needed it most.  Children with complex medical diagnoses often endure years of treatment, which can cause a huge financial strain for their families.  They are faced with loss of income and out-of-pocket medical costs that make daily living expenses difficult to meet.  Working diligently with hospital and hospice social workers, Maximum Hope provides financial help for necessities like rent, utilities, groceries, or gas.  The immediate, compassionate assistance we provide allows parents to remain focused on what is most important: their child.

On-site registration for the $5 million Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is open. For more information and for the full series schedule, please visit www.SHRPO.com. Follow us on Twitter at @SHRPO and @SHRThePokerRoom, #SHRPO.

 Media Contact:

Yaffa Mizrachi, Public Relations Manager

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

E: Yaffa.Mizrachi@SeminoleHardRock.com

C: 954-895-6480, O: 954-327-7504

 About Seminole Hard Rock Poker

Seminole Hard Rock Poker encompasses four major poker series held annually at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, South Florida’s premier destination for fun and entertainment. In August 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) was introduced to poker players around the world and featured a $10 million guarantee championship, the largest guarantee in history. In addition to the SHRPO, Seminole Hard Rock Poker series’ includes the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (January), Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (April) and Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Poker Open (November). All four series fall under the SHRPO umbrella with tournament news, live updates and championship live streaming.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach, features a AAA Four Diamond resort with 469 luxury rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, and premium meeting and convention space. As South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Seminole Hard Rock hosts top-name acts at its 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena and offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The resort also features contemporary and casual eateries, including Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 155 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK POKER OPEN HOSTS “THE BIG 4” SECOND ANNUAL FOUR-TOURNAMENT FINALE AUGUST 16, 2016 AT SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA

The Big 4 Once Again Carries a Combined $7.5 Million in Guaranteed Prize Pools and is Televised and Livestreamed in Partnership with Poker Night in America

HOLLYWOOD, Fla (June 15, 2016) – The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) will return to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. July 28 – August 16, 2016. The series schedule features an exciting line-up of tournament play, including the return of “The Big 4” – a four-tournament finale to be played in Hard Rock Live and filmed by Poker Night in America.

Televised on CBS Sports Network and live streamed online at www.PokerNight.com, The Big 4 will take place Tuesday, August 16. Carrying a combined $7.5 million in guaranteed prize pools, The Big 4 includes four premier events:

  • $5,250 SHRPO Championship starts at noon on Saturday, August 13. Like last year, the $5 million guaranteed prize pool will pay a minimum of 150 players as well as a feature a $1 million first place guarantee and a minimum payout of $7,500.
  • $2,650 No Limit Hold’em starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 14.  The $1 million guaranteed prize pool will pay a minimum of 60 players and boast a $200,000 first place guarantee and a minimum payout of $3,750.
  • $25,500 High Roller starts at noon on Monday, August 15.  The $1 million guaranteed prize pool pays a minimum of eight players at least $37,500 with the winner pocketing a first prize guaranteed at $350,000.
  • $1,100 No Limit Hold’em starts at noon on Monday, August 15. The $500,000 guaranteed prize pool pays a minimum of 75 players at least $1,500 while the tournament champion earns a score of $100,000 or greater.

Last year’s Big 4 was nominated for Innovation of the Year at the Global Poker Index’s American Poker Awards. The first-time finale drew a combined 2,286 entries competing for $9,086,350 in prize pools. Omar Zazay of Texas won the Championship for $1,000,000 while Florida’s Jason Mercier claimed the High Roller title for $652,800. Uruguary’s Fabrizio Cataldi won the $2,650 for $236,400 and Pennsylvania’s David Aldridge came out on top in the $1,100 for $146,100.

“Getting nominated for an American Poker Award in the first year of The Big 4 was a pretty special moment,” said Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Poker Tournament Director Tony Burns. “

We’re eagerly preparing for this year’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open and rolling out the red carpet for the poker world. The Big 4 is unique to anything else offered in the industry and we’re excited to bring it back for a second year.”

The 2016 SHRPO Big 4 broadcast will air on Season 5 of Poker Night in America on CBS Sports Network.

 On-site registration for the $5 million Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is open. For more information and for schedule, please visit www.SHRPO.com. Follow us on Twitter at @SHRPO and @SHRThePokerRoom, #SHRPO.

 Media Contact:

Yaffa Mizrachi, Public Relations Manager

E: Yaffa.Mizrachi@SeminoleHardRock.com

C: 954-895-6480, O: 954-327-7504

 About Seminole Hard Rock Poker

Seminole Hard Rock Poker encompasses four major poker series held annually at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, South Florida’s premier destination for fun and entertainment. In August 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) was introduced to poker players around the world and featured a $10 million guarantee championship, the largest guarantee in history. In addition to the SHRPO, Seminole Hard Rock Poker series’ includes the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (January), Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (April) and Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Poker Open (November). All four series fall under the SHRPO umbrella with tournament news, live updates and championship live streaming.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach, features a AAA Four Diamond resort with 469 luxury rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, and premium meeting and convention space. As South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Seminole Hard Rock hosts top-name acts at its 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena and offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The resort also features contemporary and casual eateries, including Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 155 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida Announces Winners of Two Season XIV World Poker Tour Events® at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Series

 Championship Finalist Justin Young from Henderson, Nevada Wins $654,161 and Finale Finalist David “Chino” Rheem from Los Angeles, California Wins $690,885. New WPT Campions Win a Seat In To the $15,000 Buy-In, WPT Tournament of Champions Held April 22 – 24

Justin-Young       David-Rheem

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (April 22, 2016) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino announces winners of two Season XIV World Poker Tour events, part of the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Justin Young of Henderson, Nevada walked away with $654,161 after winning first place in the $3,500 buy-in, $2 Million Guaranteed Championship held April 15-20. David “Chino” Rheem from Los Angeles, California won first place in the $10,000 buy-in, $2 Million Guaranteed WPT Finale held April 17-21, taking home the top payout of $654,885.  In addition to the cash prize, both Young and Rheem won a seat in to the $15,000 buy-in, WPT Tournament of Champions held April 22 – 24, reserved for Season XIV Champions and WPT Champions Club™ members only bringing their total scores to $669,161 and $705,885.

Final tables for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship and WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Finale took place in Paradise Live and were live streamed on www.WPT.com. Hard Rock Live will be home to the WPT Tournament of Champions final table. The WPT Tournament of Champions will be televised on Fox Sports Network, as well as live streamed on www.WPT.com.

The $3,500 buy-in Championship drew a total of 1,222 entries and a playing field that easily surpassed the $2,000,000 guarantee for a total prize pool at $3,910,400.

While Young was the most accomplished at the final table, Hyoung Chae of Lynnwood, Washington, led the action 10-handed. Over the course of an 11-hour session, Young flipped the script and busted Chae for a third place win of $297,336. In the heads-up round with Garrett Greer of Hemet, California, Young had a slight chip disadvantage that turned around after scoring an early double sending Greer in to the runner up position, for a win of $458,722.

“The tournament was great,” said Young. “Every player was really cordial and nice, and the floor was amazing. Everything was run very well the whole way through, and the Seminole Hard Rock staff listened to what the players were saying. I really appreciated that.”

1st – Justin Young – $654,161 + $15,000 TOC Seat (Henderson, NV)
2nd – Garrett Greer – $458,722 (Newport, CA)
3rd – Hyoung Chae – $297,336 (Bellevue, WA)
4th – Matthew Haugen – $220,207 (Ann Arbor, MI)
5th – Tim Reilly – $164,113 (Boston, MA)
6th – Ben Tarzia – $132,560 (Maple, ON)
7th – Sam Soverel – $110,357 (N. Palm Beach, FL)
8th – Andrey Plotnikov – $87,880 (Sacramento, CA)
9th – Cate Hall – $65,404 (Washington, DC)

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown WPT Finale was held April 17 – 21. Attracting 342 players, the $10,000 buy-in quickly surpassed the $2,000,000 guarantee for a total prize pool of $3,249,000. A first place prize of $690,885 was set aside for the WPT Finale Champion. The tournament drew players from around the world including three-time NFL Super Bowl winner Richard Seymour, Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Tilly, Cricket Hall of Famer Shane Warne, and screenwriter/producer Matt Salsberg.

Six players survived to the WPT live-streamed final table with South Florida’s Richard Leger in the lead. Unable to beat third place, two-time WPT Champion David “Chino” Rheem eliminated Leger and went on to claim his third WPT title after defeating Aditya Prasetyo. Rheem is also coined the fourth player ever to record three World Poker Tour titles after Anthony Zinno, Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen.

“Every time I win, I say ‘that one feels good’, but this one feels real good.” Rheem said of his victory.  “It’s been a couple years since seeing something as substantial in any type of tournament.”

1st – David “Chino” Rheem (Los Angeles, CA) $690,885+ $15,000 TOC Seat

2nd – Aditya Prasetyo (Cambridge, MA) $484,130

3rd – Richard Leger (Lighthouse Point, FL) $311,305

4th – Adrian Mateos (London, UK) $200,510

5th – William Benson (Mobile, AL) $154,585

6th – Bryan Piccioli (Allegany, NY) $127,905

The SHRP Showdown kicked off on March 31 with a $350 buy-in, $500,000 Guaranteed and $570 buy-in $1 Million Guaranteed events. On April 13, a $300 charity poker tournament presented by Seminole Hard Rock and the WPT Foundation, benefited the Jason Taylor Foundation. The total prize pool was $17,360. Half of each buy-in was donated to help the pro football legend’s non-profit organization support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life.

A $25,500 buy-in, $1 Million Guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker High Roller event took place on April 19 – 21. A total of 94 entrants played in the big game to create a prize pool worth $2,350,000. The event drew some of the top players in the world including WSOP Main Event Champions Joe McKeehen, Ryan Riess, and Greg Merson.  David Malka outlasted French professional Sylain Loosli to win the High Roller title for $658,000. Runner up Loosli of Les Plages, FR walked away with 481,750.

Media Contact:

Yaffa Mizrachi, Public Relations Manager

E: Yaffa.Mizrachi@SeminoleHardRock.com

C: 954-895-6480, O: 954-327-7504

About Seminole Hard Rock Poker

Seminole Hard Rock Poker encompasses four major poker series held annually at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, South Florida’s premier destination for fun and entertainment. In August 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) was introduced to poker players around the world and featured a $10 million guarantee championship, the largest guarantee in history. In addition to the SHRPO, Seminole Hard Rock Poker series’ includes the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (January), Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (April) and Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Poker Open (November). All four series fall under the SHRPO umbrella with tournament news, live updates and championship live streaming.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach, features a AAA Four Diamond resort with 469 luxury rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, and premium meeting and convention space. As South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Seminole Hard Rock hosts top-name acts at its 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena and offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The resort also features contemporary and casual eateries, including Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 155 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

For more information, call 954-327-ROCK or 800-937-0010, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, or follow us on Facebook: @SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

Daily Tournament Schedule – May 2016

DateTimeBuy-InTournamentStructure
Sun, May 111:00 AM$100No Limit Hold'em (RE) - $3,000 GTDStructure
Sun, May 16:00 PM$570Mega Satellite into SHRPO $5,250 Championship Event - 2 Seats GTDStructure
Mon, May 211:00 AM$100Big Stack Green Chip Bounty NLH (RE) - $3,000 GTDStructure
Mon, May 26:00 PM$300Monday Night Big Stack Special NLH (RE) - $20k GTD -$1,650 May DS Seat ADDED to 1stStructure
Tue, May 311:00 AM$135Step I Satellite into May 8th $570 SHRPO Mega Satellite - 5 Seats GTDStructure
Tue, May 36:00 PM$150No Limit Hold'em (RE) - $10,000 GTDStructure
Wed, May 411:00 AM$100Big Stack Turbo NLH (RE) - $3,000 GTDStructure
Wed, May 46:00 PM$80No Limit Hold'em (RE) - $5,000 GTDStructure
Thu, May 511:00 AM$135Step I Satellite into May 8th $570 SHRPO Mega Satellite - 5 Seats GTDStructure
Thu, May 56:00 PM$130Big Stack Green Chip Bounty NLH (RE) - $10,000 GTDStructure
Fri, May 611:00 AM$100No Limit Hold'em (RE) - $3,000 GTDStructure
Fri, May 66:00 PM$130No Limit Hold'em (RE) - $10,000 GTD - $5,250 SHRPO Championship Event ADDED to 1stStructure
Sat, May 711:00 AM$150Deep Stack NLH (RE) - $15,000 GTD - $1,650 May DS Seat ADDED to 1stStructure
Sat, May 74:00 PM$200Mega Satellite into May Deep Stack $1,650 Buy-in Event #4 - 2 Seats GTDStructure
Sun, May 811:00 AM$100No Limit Hold'em (RE)Structure
Sun, May 86:00 PM$570Mega Satellite into SHRPO $5,250 Championship Event - 2 Seats GTDStructure
Mon, May 911:00 AM$100Big Stack Green Chip Bounty NLH (RE) - $3,000 GTDStructure
Mon, May 96:00 PM$300Big Stack NLH (RE) - $15,000 GTDStructure
Tue, May 1011:00 AM$135Step I Satellite into May 15th $570 SHRPO Mega Satellite - 5 Seats GTDStructure
Tue, May 106:00 PM$150No Limit Hold'em (RE) - $10,000 GTDStructure
Wed, May 1111:00 AM$100Big Stack Turbo NLH (RE) - $3,000 GTDStructure
Wed, May 116:00 PM$80No Limit Hold'em (RE) - $5,000 GTDStructure
Thu, May 1211:00 AM$135Step I Satellite into May 15th $570 SHRPO Mega Satellite - 5 Seats GTDStructure
Thu, May 126:00 PM$130Thursday Night Bounty NLH Special (RE) - $20k GTD - $1,650 May DS Seat ADDED to 1stStructure
Fri, May 1311:00 AM$100No Limit Hold'em (RE) - $3,000 GTDStructure
Fri, May 136:00 PM$130No Limit Hold'em (RE) - $10,000 GTDStructure
Sat, May 1411:00 AM$150Deep Stack NLH (RE) - $15,000 GTD - $1,650 May DS Seat ADDED to 1stStructure
Sat, May 144:00 PM$200Mega Satellite into May Deep Stack $1,650 Buy-in Event #4 - 2 Seats GTDStructure
Sun, May 1511:00 AM$100No Limit Hold'em (RE) - $3,000 GTDStructure
Sun, May 156:00 PM$570Mega Satellite into SHRPO $5,250 Championship Event - 5 Seats GTDStructure
Mon, May 1611:00 AM$115Multi Satellite into Deep Stack Events #1 & 3 - 4 Packages GTDStructure
Mon, May 166:00 PM$250Multi Satellite into Deep Stack Events #3 & 4 - 4 Packages GTDStructure
Tue, May 1711:00 AM$115Multi Satellite into Deep Stack Events #1 & 3 - 4 Packages GTDStructure
Tue, May 176:00 PM$150Tuesday Night Special NLH (RE) - $20,000 GTD - $1,650 May DS Seat ADDED to 1stStructure
Wed, May 1811:00 AM$90Mega Satellite into May Deep Stack $350 Buy-in Event #1 - 10 Seats GTDStructure
Wed, May 186:00 PM$90Mega Satellite into May Deep Stack $350 Buy-in Event #1 - 10 Seats GTDStructure
Thu, May 1911:00 AM$350Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1A - $150,000 GTDStructure
Thu, May 196:00 PM$115Multi Satellite into Event #1 & #3 ($350 & $560) - 4 Packages GTD - 1 in 10Structure
Fri, May 2011:00 AM$350Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1B - $150,000 GTDStructure
Fri, May 206:00 PM$115Multi Satellite into Event #1 & #3 ($350 & $560) - 4 Packages GTD - 1 in 10Structure
Sat, May 2111:00 AM$350Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1C - $150,000 GTDStructure
Sat, May 216:00 PM$250Multi Satellite into Event #3 & #4 ($560 & $1,650) - 4 Packages GTD - 1 in 10Structure
Sun, May 2212:00 PMDAY 2Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $150,000 GTDStructure
Sun, May 226:00 PM$150Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold'em - $10,000 GTDStructure
Mon, May 2311:00 AM$560Deeper Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1A- $150,000 GTDStructure
Mon, May 236:00 PM$250Multi Satellite into Event #3 & #4 ($560 & $1,650) - 4 Packages GTD - 1 in 10Structure
Tue, May 2411:00 AM$560Deeper Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1B - $150,000 GTDStructure
Tue, May 246:00 PM$250Multi Satellite into Event #4 Plus $500 Cash - 4 Packages GTD - 1 in 10Structure
Wed, May 2512:00 PMDAY 2Deeper Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $150,000 GTDStructure
Wed, May 256:00 PM$250Multi Satellite into Event #4 Plus $500 Cash - 4 Packages GTD - 1 in 10Structure
Thu, May 2611:00 AM$1,650 Deepest Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1A - $300,000 GTDStructure
Thu, May 266:00 PM$250Multi Satellite into Event #4 Plus $500 Cash - 4 Packages GTD - 1 in 10Structure
Fri, May 2711:00 AM$1,650 Deepest Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1B - $300,000 GTDStructure
Fri, May 276:00 PM$250Multi Satellite into Event #4 Plus $500 Cash - 4 Packages GTD - 1 in 10Structure
Sat, May 2811:00 AM$1,650 Deepest Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) Day 1C - $300,000 GTDStructure
Sat, May 286:00 PM$150Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold'em - $10,000 GTDStructure
Sun, May 2912:00 PMDAY 2Deepest Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry) - $300,000 GTDStructure
Sun, May 296:00 PM$150Deep Stack Turbo No Limit Hold'em - $10,000 GTDStructure
Mon, May 3011:00 AM$250Holiday Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em - $30,000 GTD - $5,250 SHRPO Seat Added to 1stStructure
Mon, May 306:00 PM$250Second Chance No Limit Hold'em TurboStructure
Tue, May 3111:00 AM$135Step I Satellite into June 5th $570 SHRPO Mega Satellite - 5 Seats GTDStructure
Tue, May 316:00 PM$150No Limit Hold'em (RE) - $10,000 GTDStructure

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and WPT Foundation™ to Host Charity Poker Tournament Benefiting the Jason Taylor Foundation

Tournament To Take Place During the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (March 29, 2016) – A charity poker tournament presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the WPT Foundation™ benefiting the Jason Taylor Foundation will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, as part of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series. An exclusive player party will be held at the resort’s L Bar cocktail lounge from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., and the No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) tournament will immediately follow. Half of each $300 buy-in will be donated to help the pro-football legend’s non-profit organization support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life.

To increase excitement and participation, over $10,000 in prizes will be added to the event, including a $3,500 entry into the $2 Million Guaranteed, WPT® Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship event, and a 4-Day/3-Night Hard Rock Resort Package in Cancun, Mexico, plus $1,000 cash for travel. A silent auction with a variety of specialty items, including a Jason Taylor Golf outing at executive golf clubs, will be held throughout the night.

“The Seminole Hard Rock has been an incredible friend to our foundation since we opened our doors, and this event is another great opportunity to join forces with them to help support the young people we serve,” said Jason Taylor. “I’m also looking forward to partnering with the WPT Foundation, whose commitment to influencing positive change is inspiring. It’s going to be a fantastic evening of poker, prizes and philanthropy, and I have no doubt that our guests will have a blast!”

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown will take place from Thursday, March 31 – Sunday, April 24, and will feature two Season XIV World Poker Tour® Main Tour events – the $3,500 WPT® Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship and the $10,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale. The series will finish up with the historic WPT Tournament of Champions.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown satellites will be held at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood throughout the series. Visit http://shrpo.com/WinASeatShowdown to enter to win a seat in the Championship. To participate, players must obtain a Wild Card at the Player’s Club or in the poker room free of charge. More information, schedule and contest rules can be found at www.SHRPO.com

MEDIA CONTACT:

Yaffa Mizrachi, PR Manager, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

O: 954-327-7504 | C: 954-895-6480

E: yaffa.mizrachi@seminolehardrock.com

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Boiler

Seminole Hard Rock Poker encompasses four major poker series held annually at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In August 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) was introduced to poker players around the world and featured a $10 million guarantee championship, the largest guarantee in history. In addition to the SHRPO, Seminole Hard Rock Poker series’ includes the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (January), Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (April) and Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Poker Open (November). All four series fall under the SHRPO umbrella with tournament news, live updates and championship live streaming. Visit www.SHRPO.com. Join the conversation at #SHRPO, and tag us @SHRPO.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach, features a AAA Four Diamond resort with 469 luxury rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, and premium meeting and convention space. As South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Seminole Hard Rock hosts top-name acts at its 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena and offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The resort also features contemporary and casual eateries, including Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 155 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

About Jason Taylor Foundation

In July 2004, Miami Dolphins legendary Defensive End, Jason Taylor, established the Jason Taylor Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Foundation’s mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life.

Since opening its doors, the Jason Taylor Foundation has impacted tens of thousands of children through innovative programming including The Jason Taylor Reading Room, Cool Gear for the School Year, the Jason Taylor Children’s Learning Center, Jason Taylor Scholars and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, among others. For more information on the Jason Taylor Foundation, please visit the organization’s website at www.JasonTaylorFoundation.org or follow on social media sites including Facebook: www.facebook.com/jasontaylorfoundation or Twitter and Instagram: @jtfoundation99

About WPT Foundation

WPT Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to utilizing World Poker Tour’s exceptional international platform to influence positive change on a global scale. The core of WPT Foundation’s fundraising efforts is the ongoing series of philanthropic poker events titled WPT Playing for a Better World. WPT Foundation and its associated charity events help bring awareness and raise critical funds for non-profit programs of excellence. This unprecedented philanthropic effort is dedicated to improving our planet by supporting key charities in regards to human rights, education, world hunger and the environment.

For more information, call 954-327-ROCK or 800-937-0010, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, or follow us on Facebook: @SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

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