Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Brings Live Streaming and Live Updates to Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) and $10 Million Guaranteed Championship Event August 8 – 29

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (July 31, 2013) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino  has announced the addition of a Live Updates Team to its Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) that runs run August 8 – 29 with the $10 Million Guaranteed Championship Event August 22 – 28. The Live Updates Team, comprised of some of the poker industry’s finest in live streaming and reporting, will be bringing all of the action to SHRPO’s reading and viewing audience.

Throughout the 33-event series, inclusive of the $10 Million Guaranteed Championship Event, the Live Updates Team will keep followers posted from the tournament floor via a live featured table web stream by Rob Perelman, coupled with live updates, blog posts, photos, videos and social media covered by Jay “Whojedi” Newnum, BJ Nemeth, Ryan Lucchesi, Diana Cox, Mickey Doft and Will Thomas.

Live streaming with chat function, live updates and blog posts are available at the official SHRPO website www.SeminoleHardRockPokerOpen.com. Engagement on social media will be accessible through The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock’s Twitter feed at @SHRPO.

“Bringing together this dynamic, well-respected team of poker professionals to report on and provide a window into the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open will allow fans to see their favorite players live and read about the action as it happens,” said William Mason, director of poker for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. “This opportunity will also engage the global poker community in the fun as they immerse themselves in the real-time poker viewing experience.”

Perelman is a semi-professional poker player whose technology experience powers all of the tournament web streams at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, Foxwoods Casino in Conn. and Bay 101 in San Jose. His eight years of poker TV experience include work on shows such as “World Series of Poker,” “High Stakes Poker,” “Poker After Dark” and “NBC National Heads-Up Championship.” He has also won an Emmy for the TV program entitled “The Pokerdome.”

With over 43 years of combined poker industry experience, Newnum, Nemeth, Lucchesi, Cox, Doft and Thomas will cover everything from chip counts and daily summaries to player interviews and photos. One or more of the members of the team has worked for BLUFF magazine, PokerNews, Card Player magazine, World Poker Tour, Card Player Poker Tour, World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour, PokerStars.tv, and Full Tilt Poker, not only in the United States, but on multiple continents. Newnum and Nemeth were both featured in the recent documentary film, “Bet Raise Fold.”

The World Poker Tour, which has been added to the SHRPO tournament schedule with the new WPT Alpha8™ Florida Super High-Roller $100,000 buy-in, will be live streaming the $10 Million Guaranteed Championship Event in Paradise Live on August 28 starting at noon on www.SeminoleHardRockPokerOpen.com.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Announces the Addition of World Poker Tour® WPT Alpha8™ Florida Super High-Roller Tournament to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Series Schedule

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (July 18, 2013) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has added the World Poker Tour®  WPT Alpha8™ Florida Super High-Roller Tournament to its Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) series schedule running August 8 – 29, 2013. The new $100,000 buy-in Event #23 will start on August 26 at noon at Hard Rock Live. Viewers will be able to watch the WPT Alpha8 Florida final table before it airs on TV streamed live on www.WPT.com on August 27. The SHRPO $10 Million Guaranteed Championship Event will run August 22-28.

WPT Alpha8™ is an all-new, global series of super high-roller poker tournaments to be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 beginning in March 2014. Held in some of the world’s most prestigious venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa, each event will feature a buy-in of at least $100,000. Tournament structures designed by WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage will ensure plenty of play at all levels throughout the event and allow World Poker Tour to provide four hours of televised action where viewers can watch the game’s very best players compete for millions of dollars in prize money and unprecedented bragging rights.

“By offering the largest guaranteed championship in tournament poker, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is a game changer. To increase the excitement, we are welcoming our long-time partners, the World Poker Tour, and are happy to host the first ever Alpha8 exclusive, super-high roller series at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino” said Larry Mullin, Seminole Gaming COO.  “The WPT Alpha8 tournament raises the volume on this already highly anticipated series.”

As a frequent host of many WPT Main Event and Regional tournaments in the burgeoning Florida poker market over the past 11 seasons, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has earned a reputation as one of the region’s elite casino properties, making it an ideal home for WPT’s newest and most exclusive event.

“Showcasing the world’s poker elite and featuring multimillion dollar prize pools, Alpha8 represents the highest televised treatment of super high roller tournament poker to date. Playing out over a global stage, this series will give audiences insight into the intensity and skill demanded at the sport’s highest levels,” said Adam Pliska, WPT president.

SHRPO’s $5,300 buy-in Championship Event, running August 22 – 28, offers players the chance to cash-in one of the guaranteed top 300 places in order to share in the $10 million prize pool. At the minimum, the winner of the SHRPO Championship Event will receive $1.5 million, and another $1 million is guaranteed for the second-place finisher. A total of $5.15 million of the total is guaranteed for the nine final table players.

Beginning August 8, viewers will be able to watch live streaming action of the SHRPO series at www.seminolehardrockpokeropen.com and can take-in all of the excitement of the Championship Event in Paradise Live on August 28 starting at noon, where players will compete for the title and the winner’s share of a guaranteed $10 million prize pool.

Satellites will be running at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, as well as Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Casino Immokalee. Players can gain satellite entry for as little as $115 and become part of poker history.

Anyone age 18 or over is welcome to obtain a free “Wild Card” at the Player’s Club or in the Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock and participate in the SHRPO.  Local players and those attending from around the globe may play in any of the 33 tournaments, as well as in the numerous satellites available.

Registered poker players will receive 20% off the regular Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino room rate. Offer is valid based on availability and must be booked seven days prior to arrival. To book a reservation, call 866-502-PLAY. Partnering hotels will also be offering discounts.

Registration is now open onsite at The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314. For more information call (954) 585-5111. Visit www.seminolehardrockpokeropen.com for the schedule, Championship Event payout structure, and live updates.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida Announces Payout Structure for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 Million Guarantee Championship Event August 22 – 28

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (June 25, 2013) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s upcoming Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) will host a series of poker tournaments from August 8 – 29, 2013. The highlight of the SHRPO will be the $10 Million Guarantee Championship Event – the largest guaranteed payout in the world – from August 22 – 28, 2013. The anticipated payout structure for this historic poker event is now available for preview by visiting www.seminolehardrockpokeropen.com.

The $5,300 buy-in Championship Event offers players the chance to cash-in one of the guaranteed top 300 places in order to share in the $10 million prize pool. At the minimum, the winner of the SHRPO Championship Event will receive $1.5 million, and another $1 million is guaranteed for the second place finisher. A total of $5.15 million of the total is guaranteed for the nine final table players.

“The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is so unique that it demands a unique pay structure,” said Matt Savage, tournament coordinator. “Fifteen percent of the entries will be paid based on 2,000 players or less, so it gives local and novice players alike, the chance to cash-in and enjoy the full experience of this historic event.”

Satellites will be running at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, as well as Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Casino Immokalee. Players can gain satellite entry for as little as $115 and become part of poker history.

“With many players winning seats to the Main Event through satellites and promotions, the minimum cash of $7,500 is quite substantial,” added Savage. “Seminole Hard Rock choosing to pay 15% of the field, in contrast to most series paying 10% or less, gives the first-time player confidence to try another bigger buy-in  in the future.”

Anyone age 18 or over is welcome to obtain a free “Wild Card” at the Player’s Club or in the Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock and participate in the SHRPO.  Local players and those attending from around the globe may play in any of the 33 tournaments, as well as in the numerous satellites available.

Players in online poker forums are already expressing their gratitude for the “Savage” structure of the Main Event.

“I think the payout structure, including the $7,500 min-cash, is perfect. Cannot wait!” said a grinder from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Another regular player commented, “This payout looks amazing for the poker economy, and I commend the best tournament director in the game for thinking about all of the players.”

Registered poker players will receive 20% off the regular Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino room rate. Offer is valid based on availability and must be booked seven days prior to arrival. To book a reservation, call 866-502-PLAY. Partnering hotels will also be offering discounts.

Visit www.seminolehardrockpokeropen.com for the schedule, Championship Event payout structure, and live updates. Registration is now open on site at The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314. For more information call (954) 585-5111.

The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock offers poker players a comfortable setting with 24/7 live sports action with its large screen projector and flat-screen televisions. New 24/7 high stakes poker allows players to go “all in, all the time.” The Poker Room includes more than 40 tables offering various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo and 7-Card Stud.

 

 

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Schedule Highlights Announced For 33-Event Series Running August 8 – August 29

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (June 3, 2013) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood has announced schedule highlights for its Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open that runs August 8 – 29, 2013. The Main Event will be held August 22 – 29 and will feature a $10 million guaranteed payout – the largest guaranteed payout in the world.

The unprecedented tournament kicks-off with Event #1 on Thursday, August 8 at 7 p.m. with a No Limit Hold ’em Deep Stack $350 buy-in featuring a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool and continues through Sunday, August 11.

Event #6 keeps the momentum high Monday, August 12 through Wednesday, August 14 with a No Limit Hold ‘em Deep Stack $150,000 guaranteed prize pool. A $125 buy-in secures a spot in this profitable play.

Upping the ante even further, No Limit Hold ‘em Deep Stack Event #7 taking place Thursday, August 15 through Saturday, August 17 requires a $560 buy-in for a chance at a $1 million guaranteed prize pool.

Newly added, Event #23, the High Roller Tournament, on Monday, August 26 at 2 p.m., offers a $500,000 guaranteed payout for a $20,000 buy-in.

The grand finale Championship Event (Main Event) (Event #21) featuring a whopping $10 million guaranteed payout is set to send players’ pulses racing Thursday, August 22 at noon and will continue through Wednesday, August 28. A $5,300 buy-in will secure a spot in this groundbreaking event with a life-changing outcome that starts with 30,000 in tournament chips. Players may play any or all starting flights and choose their best stack. Re-entry will be allowed for nine levels.

The record-breaking guaranteed prize pool will also have satellite events taking place at five Seminole Gaming properties – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Casino Brighton and Seminole Casino Immokalee.

On-site registration for the $10 Million Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is now open. (Registration fee is non-refundable.) To participate, players must obtain a free “Wild Card” at the Player’s Club or in The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise.

The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise offers poker players a comfortable setting with live sports action with its large 80″ LED TV and flat-screen televisions throughout the poker room. New 24/7 high stakes poker allows players to go “All In, All The Time.” The Poker Room includes more than 40 tables offering various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi-Lo and 7-Card Stud.

To review the entire schedule, please visit www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/poker; Like us on Facebook at www.fb.com/SHRThePokerRoom or Follow us on Twitter at @SHRThePokerRoom, hashtag #SHRPO.