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

Jason Taylor pictured during the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Tournament To Take Place During the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown on Wednesday, March 29, 2017

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (March 7, 2017) – 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, March 29, 2017, as part of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series. An exclusive player party will be held in the ballrooms from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., and the No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) tournament will immediately follow. A portion 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.

“We’re excited that the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and WPT Foundation invited us back again. This event was first class last year, and raised a great deal of money to help the young people we serve, and I expect this year’s tournament to be even bigger and better. Not only did our Foundation benefit, but there was some great poker played as well…and I’m not just saying that because I finished in third place!” said Jason Taylor.

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown will take place from Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, April 9, 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 https://www.hardrockpoker.com/Win 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

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Media Contact
Yaffa Mizrachi, Director of Public Relations
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
O: 954-327-7504 | C: 954-895-6480
E: 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 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

About Jason Taylor Foundation
In July 2004, Miami Dolphins legendary Defensive End and recent Pro Football Hall of Fame class member, 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, The Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, Louder Than A Bomb Florida, Cool Gear for the School Year, the Jason Taylor Children’s Learning Center and Jason Taylor Scholars, 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.

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.

Farid Yachou Wins World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions and $381,600 at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
WPT Tournament of Champions (Event #30)
$15,000 No Limit Hold’em
Total Entries: 64
Prize Pool: $1,060,000
April 22-24, 2016

Farid Yachou

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown concludes with the crowning of the game’s Champion of Champions in first-time event.

Hollywood, Fla. (April 24, 2016) – The World Poker Tour along with the Seminole Hard Rock Casino crowned a champion in the first-ever WPT Tournament of Champions Sunday night in Hollywood, Fla. The unique event, open only to members of the WPT Champions Club, saw 64 players put up the $15,000 entry fee creating a total prize pool of $1,060,000. Over the course of three days, the field narrowed to just one remaining – 36-year-old Farid Yachou of Holland.

Yachou earned the top prize of $381,600 as well as a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette. In addition to the car, the WPT added a slew of prizes to first place that included:

  • Hublot King Power Unico Titanium watch
  • Aurae® Solid Gold MasterCard
  • Gold Monster® 24K Headphones
  • Custom poker table from BBO Poker Tables
  • A seat in Tiger Woods’ Poker Night Presented by the WPT
  • Golf with WPT Executive Tournament Director Matt Savage

“The car is something amazing,” Yachou said. “I’ve never seen a tournament give a car away.”

Inexperienced given the context of his competition, Yachou earned his eligibility into the event this past May in the WPT Amsterdam at the Holland Casino. That victory marked his first time ever playing a live tournament and allowed him the option to buy into the TOC for $15,000. He ran hot on Day 1 to bag the chip lead, but relinquished it during Day 2. He eventually began the Day 3 televised final table fifth of six in the counts, but six hours later he was the champion of champions in the WPT’s inaugural event.

“It’s something I cannot believe,” Yachou told the WPT’s Richard Ryan. “I am sitting with only champions. I said to myself, ‘I will be glad finishing 30th or 35th.’ Then, slowly, day by day, hand by hand, it all came together. Everything came to me.”

Yachou’s path to the winner’s circle went through Florida’s own Michael Mizrachi (third), Jonathan Jaffe (fourth), Noah Schwartz (fifth) and others. The TOC was the last of 30 events on the 2016 SHRP Showdown schedule. The 25-day series was headlined by the $3,500 Championship. The tournament drew a 1,222-entry field creating a $3,910,400 prize pool that bested the $2,000,000 guarantee comfortably. Justin Young claimed the title, $654,161 and a $15,000 TOC seat.

Other notable events on the Showdown schedule included a $25,500 High Roller that drew 94 entries as well as the $10,000 Finale, a WPT Main Tour freeze-out that drew 342 players good for a $3,249,000 prize pool. The TOC marked the finale of finales and didn’t disappoint. The event began Friday and narrowed to 31 remaining players following 10 levels of action. Yachou lead the way with Mizrachi second, Young third, Ravi Raghavan fourth and Keven Stammen fifth. Day 2 kicked off Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock’s Paradise Live and numerous notables hit the rail over the next 11 hours. Joe Hachem, Ryan Van Sanford, Anthony Zinno, Griffin Paul and Matt Salsberg were among those to bust shy of the money. Raghavan went on to be the tournament’s bubble boy busting ninth late in the day. From there, Yevgeniy Timoshenko busted eighth for $38,160 and Andy Frankenberger narrowly missed the televised final table being eliminated seventh earning $47,400.

The third and final session began Sunday evening in Hard Rock Live under the bright lights of the WPT set and in front of dozens of television production cameras. Jaffe lead the final six but action was slow to start. The tournament stretched deep into the structure shallowing the stacks and leveling the playing field. It wasn’t until nearly three hours into the day Darren Elias busted sixth. He was followed by Schwartz fifth, and start-of-day leader Jaffe fourth. The crowd favorite, Mizrachi was next to go in third leaving Yachou and Vlad Davie to battle it out for the tournament’s $381,600 top prize. Yachou held a slight edge to start and needed just 11 hands to best Davie. Davie earned $224,190 for his runner-up finish.

Final results:

1st: Farid Yachou – $381,600* + 2016 Chevrolet Corvette
2nd: Vlad Davie – $224,190
3rd: Michael Mizrachi – $140,450
4th: Jonathan Jaffe – $95,400
5th: Noah Schwartz – $74,200
6th: Darren Elias – $58,300
7th: Andy Frankenberger – $47,400
8th: Yevgeniy Timoshenko – $38,160

*Includes $15,000 seat in 2017 TOC

With the SHRP Showdown in the books, next up at the Seminole Hard Rock is the SHRPO which kicks off July 28. That full tournament schedule is available at SHRPO.com.

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

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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Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Features Two Season XIV World Poker Tour Events

So very pretty

The $3,500 buy-in, $2 Million Guaranteed WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Championship and $10,000 buy-in, $2 Million Guaranteed WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale headline along with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker High Roller and the WPT Tournament of Champions.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Feb. 2, 2016) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, has announced the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (SHRP Showdown) slated for Thursday, March 31 – Sunday, April 24, 2016 that will feature two Season XIV World Poker Tour® events. The $3,500 WPT® Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship and the $10,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale will end the year-long tour along with the WPT Tournament of Champions.

“We’re excited 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 addition of the $10,000 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale allowed us to take the series one step further and offer a $25,500 High Roller with a $1 Million Guarantee catering to some of the game’s best pros and wealthiest amateurs.”

Highlight events include:

  • $3,500 buy-in, $2 Million Guaranteed WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship, April 15 – 20 with 25,000 starting stack and one starting flight with unlimited re-entry
  • $10,000 buy-in, $2 Million Guaranteed WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale, April 17 – 21
  • $25,500 buy-in, $1 Million Guaranteed Seminole hard Rock Poker High Roller, April 19 – 21
  • $15,000 buy-in WPT Tournament of Champions, reserved for Season XIV Champions and WPT Champions Club™ members only, April 22 – 24

The SHRP Showdown is headlined by $350 buy-in, $500,000 Guaranteed and $570 buy-in $1 Million Guaranteed preliminary events. On Wednesday, April 13, a $300 charity poker tournament presented by Seminole Hard Rock and the WPT Foundation, will benefit the Jason Taylor Foundation. Half of each 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.

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

SHRP Showdown series satellites will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood starting Feb. 21, 2016. Visit http://shrpo.com/WinASeatShowdown to enter to win a seat in the Championship.

Registration will open in February. 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

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

Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Kicks Off Jan. 7 –20, 2016 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida

Live Streamed WPT® DeepStacks Hollywood Main Event Carrying a $1 Million Guarantee Takes Place January 14 – 18

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2015) – Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Jan. 7 – 20, 2016 with a WPT® DeepStacks Main Event carrying a $1 million guarantee. Held in the resort ballrooms, the series will feature 15 events with several secondary events and qualifiers. The Main Event final table will be held in Paradise Live and live streamed on WPTDSLive.com. The LHPO schedule can be found on www.SHRPO.com

The Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open WPT® DeepStacks Main Event will take place Jan. 14 – 18. The $1,100 buy-in will feature a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, 25,000 starting stack and three starting flights. Players may play any of the starting flights and are allowed a single re-entry each day if they are eliminated.

The series kicks off with excitement on Thursday, Jan. 7 with a $350 buy-in $500,000 Guarantee, Ultimate Re-entry No Limit Hold’em event. This event offers eight starting flights and players can win $2,500 Multi Stack Payouts for each additional flight they survive. Players will carry their largest chip stack for Day 2 play and all Day 2 players will be in the money.

The final week will bring great poker action with buy-ins ranging from $150 to $2,650. On Sunday, Jan. 17, two featured events include the $150 buy-in, No Limit Hold’em, $100,000 guarantee and the $2,650 buy-in, No Limit Hold’em, $500,000 guarantee.

Satellite events for the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood starting December 2015.

Enter to win a seat in to the $1 Million Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open” Championship. Visit www.shrpo.com/WinASeatLHPO

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

For more information and for schedule, please visit www.SHRPO.com. Follow us on Twitter at @SHRPO and @SHRThePokerRoom, #SHRPO

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. 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.

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 “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” (RRPO) Announces Series Kick Off November 19 – December 2, 2015 Carrying a $2 Million Guaranteed Championship

RRPO Schedule Brings Highlight Tournaments: A Miami Beach Jewish Community Center Celebrity Charity Tournament and Poker Night in America Live Streamed and Televised Championship

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (October 6, 2015) – Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” (RRPO) returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. November 19 – December 2, 2015 carrying a $3,500 buy-in $2 Million Guaranteed RRPO Championship. Held in the resort’s ballrooms, the series will feature 14 events with several secondary events and qualifiers. The exciting poker action culminates with the live streamed and televised RRPO Championship final table in Paradise Live theater. RRPO schedule can be found at www.SHRPO.com.

The RRPO Championship taking place from November 27 – December 2, will feature a $3,500 buy-in, $2 million guaranteed prize pool, with a 30,000 starting stack and two starting flights starting Friday, Nov. 27.  Players may play either starting flight or both if they are eliminated. Unlimited re-entry will be allowed until the start of level 7 for each fight.

Highlight events include series kick-off on Thursday, Nov. 19 with a $350 buy-in Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em event featuring a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool and a $570 buy-in No Limit Hold’em with a $250,000 guarantee on Monday, Nov. 23.

In addition, on Sunday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m. the Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC (MBJCC) on the Simkins Family Campus will host a Texas Hold’em poker fundraiser. The event will kick-off with an exclusive meet and greet for charity tournament players and special celebrity guests. The $10,000 buy-in tournament begins at 5 p.m. A portion of the prize pool will be donated to charity. For more information, call 305-534-3206 x231.

Poker Night in America, a nationally-televised poker show, will film high-stakes gaming action during the final weekend of the series. Three cash games, which include a “Ladies Night”, will be aired on CBS Sports Network in Spring 2016. The RRPO $2 million guaranteed championship final table televised for “Poker Night: The Tour” will also air on CBS Network. Broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.

Satellite events for the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” Championship will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood starting October 2015.

Enter to win a seat in to the $2 Million Seminole Hard Rock “Rock “N” Roll Poker Open” Championship. Visit www.SHRPO.com/winaseat.

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

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida

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

About Poker Night in America

“Poker Night in America” is an edgy new television series and window into behind-the-scenes reality that has never been attempted before.  Part real-life poker coverage, part unscripted reality television, Poker Night in America is the first program ever to show what really goes on away from the tables and behind the cameras.  Poker players and cast members are followed around airports, casinos, golf courses, bars, restaurants, or wherever a compelling story takes place.

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2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (April 21, 2015) – The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) will return to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Fla. July 30 – August 19, 2015. The anticipated series schedule is set to be released in the upcoming weeks featuring a single flight, single-entry $5 Million Guaranteed Championship, Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) tournament and a first ever four-event finale.

The 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open will elevate the poker experience to a new level. The Championship single-entry structure will provide a unique opportunity for player to compete for their share of the $5 million guarantee. Plus, the chance to be part of the finale that showcases four final tables at the same time heightens the energy and excitement of this year’s series,” said General Manager of Poker Operations for Seminole Gaming, Larry Frank.

Televised on CBS Sports Network and live streamed online, the four-event final tables will take place at Hard Rock Live on Tuesday, August 18, carrying a combined total of $7.5 million in guaranteed prize pools. The four final tables include the $5,250 buy-in $5 Million Guaranteed Championship and three additional No Limit Hold’em events – a $25,000 buy-in High Roller, $2,500 buy-in and $1,100 buy-in. Professional poker player and industry celebrity Phil Hellmuth will host and provide commentary for all four final tables simultaneously. Broadcast of the SHRPO final tables will be aired in early 2016.

“This year’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship is an event not to be missed. With no re-entry, the format becomes a level playing field for poker pros, satellite winners, and recreational players alike. The postlim events carrying massive guarantees ensure that even if a player busts out of the Championship event, there are more ways to make a huge score,” says Matt Savage, Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open tournament consultant.

Satellite events and promotions will take 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 – giving a wide variety of options for a chance to be the next SHRPO Champion.

The CSOP will return to SHRPO for the second year in a row, benefiting Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat for Humanity of Broward charity. Half of each $300 buy-in will be donated to both charities, while the other half of the buy-in will be placed in the tournament prize pool.

The SHRPO series will be the last opportunity for players to earn valuable 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard Points. First place winner will receive a $30,000 prize package, including entries into the most prestigious tournaments in the country.

On-site registration for the $5 Million Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open will open in July.  To participate, players must obtain a free Wild Card at the Player’s Club or in the poker room. For more information on schedule updates, please visit www.SHRPO.com and follow us on Twitter at @SHRPO and @SHRThePokerRoom, #SHRPO.

Televised WPT® Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship Runs April 16-22 with Massive $5 Million Guarantee

Hundreds of Seats Up for Grabs in Live Satellites at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel

Hot on the heels of the Season XIII California Swing, the World Poker Tour® returns to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL for the televised WPT® Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship. Located in the ballrooms, this $3,500 buy-in event kicks off on April 16 with three starting flights, and carries a massive $5 million guarantee. In April alone, more than 100 seats will be up for grabs at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

In Season XII, the $5 million guaranteed WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship attracted 1,795 entries, making it the largest WPT Main Tour event in the history of the World Poker Tour. Eric Afriat defeated eventual Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja heads up to earn more than $1 million and a seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

“Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is proud to present the 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, and we look forward to another successful partnership with WPT for the series’ exciting televised $5 million guarantee Championship,” said General Manager of Gaming for Seminole Gaming, Larry Frank. “Showdown is one of four world-class tournaments offered in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker series, and has been designed to provide multiple opportunities for players to qualify for a seat in the Championship through satellites and promotions.”

WPT President Adam Pliska adds, “The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino produced yet another four-figure field earlier this season with the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, and we are thrilled to return to this premier property for the televised WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship. With a $5 million guarantee, a Hublot Oceanographic 4000 watch up for grabs, valuable Hublot WPT Player of the Year points on the line, and a diverse 20-event festival, this is a must-attend event for all players.”

Qualify for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship

Players can qualify for the $5 million guaranteed WPT Main Tour event in one of many live satellites at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Notable dates include:

 10-Seat Guarantees

  • March 20 at 6 p.m. ($385)
  • March 29 at 6 p.m. ($385)
  • April 14 at 5 p.m. ($385)
  • April 15 at 5 p.m. ($385)
  • April 16 at 3 p.m. ($385)
  • April 17 at 3 p.m. ($385)

 25-Seat Guarantees

  • April 14 at 11 a.m. ($385)
  • April 15 at 11 a.m. ($385)

Players can also win a seat into the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship by entering a contest on www.HardRockPoker.com. The entry period ends Tuesday, April 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST, and one lucky winner will be selected at midnight to play in the event. For official rules, click here.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Festival

 The 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown kicks off on April 6 with a $250 buy-in no-limit hold’em event featuring six starting flights and a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. The action heats up on April 9 with the $570 buy-in Deep Stack $1 million guarantee, which also features six starting flights.

Other highlights include:

  • April 7 at 12 p.m.: $350 Six Max (single re-entry, $30,000 guarantee)
  • April 12 at 3 p.m.: $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty (freeze out, $100,000 guarantee)
  • April 13 at 3 p.m.: $2,200 Eight Game Mix (single re-entry)
  • April 14 at 3 p.m.: $2,200 Six Max (freeze out, $200,000 guarantee)
  • April 19 at 3 p.m.: $1,650 Eight-Handed (re-entry, $150,000 guarantee)

For a full schedule of events, head here.

Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood January 22 – February 11, 2015 Featuring a $3 Million Guaranteed Championship

WPTDeepStacks Kicks-Off 2015 Tour During 21-Event Series

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (December 10, 2014) – The Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida January 22 – February 11, 2015 held in the resort’s ballrooms. The series will feature 21 main events along with several secondary events and qualifiers. The exciting live poker action culminates with the Seminole Hard Rock WPT Lucky Hearts $3 Million Guaranteed Championship begins February 5 – February 11, with a $3,500 buy-in and three starting flights. The live streamed Championship final table will be held at the resort’s Paradise Live theater in Seminole Paradise. LHPO schedule can be found at www.SHRPO.com

The annual series kicks-off on January 22 at 11a.m. with a four-day $570 buy-in Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em event featuring a $1,000,000 Guaranteed prize pool with six starting flights.

Super Bowl weekend will bring even more action with the WPTDeepStacks (WPTDS) which will kick-off its 2015 tour at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. WPTDS is a one-of-a-kind partnership between the world’s most established poker tour, WPT® and the world’s fastest growing poker tour, DSPT.The $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 Guarantee WPTDeepStacks-Hollywood will start January 29 at 12 p.m. in the resort’s ballrooms.

Other highlight tournaments include a $350 buy-in Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em, $250,000 Guarantee with five starting flights, from January 25 – January 28 and a two-day $150 buy-in No Limit Hold’em $150,000 Guarantee with eight starting flights from January 28 – January 31.

Satellite events for the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood January 22 – February 7, 2015.

Registration for all LHPO events will be open December 15, 2015. To participate, players must obtain a free “Wild Card” at the Player’s Club or in The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information and schedule visit www.SHRPO.com.

 

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.

QUALIFIER SCHEDULE:
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

Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” (RRPO) Announces Series Kick Off November 13 – December 3, 2014 Carrying a $2 Million Guaranteed Championship

RRPO Championship To Be Live Streamed and Televised on CBS Sports Network in Spring 2015

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (October 2, 2014) – Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” (RRPO) returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida November 13 – December 3, 2014 held in the resort’s ballrooms. The series will feature 20 main events along with several secondary events and qualifiers. The exciting live poker action culminates with the live streamed and televised $2 Million Guaranteed RRPO Championship from November 28 – December 3. RRPO schedule can be found at www.SHRPO.com

From December 1-3, 2014, Poker Nights in America, a new nationally-televised poker-themed reality show, will film high-stakes gaming action during the final week of the series. Two cash games and the RRPO $2 million guarantee championship final table will be aired on CBS Sports Network over eight episodes in spring 2015. Broadcast schedule will be released at a later date. In addition, the championship final table will be live streamed on PokerNight.com and SHRPO.com.
The Championship will feature a $2 million guaranteed prize pool, with 30,000 in tournament chips and two starting flights on Friday, November 28. Players may play either starting flight or both if they are eliminated on Day 1A . Re-entry will be allowed until the start of level 7.

The annual series kicks-off on Thursday, November 13 with a $350 buy-in Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em event featuring a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool, in addition to a variety of tournaments including a $1,100 buy-in with a $75,000 Guarantee, a $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em, and a $570 buy-in No Limit Hold’em with a $500,000 Guarantee.

Satellite events for the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” Championship will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood starting October 2014.

Enter to win a seat in to the $2 Million Seminole Hard Rock “Rock “N” Roll Poker Open” Championship. Visit www.SHRPO.com/winaseat.

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

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Commences Next Week $1 Million Guaranteed Kick-Off Set for March 27 – March 30

Poker Showdown Scheduled for March 27 – April 16

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood’s fourth annual Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown tournament series will run March 27 – April 16, 2014. The 21-day tournament series kicks-off next week, on Thursday, March 27 at 11a.m. with a $1 million guaranteed Deep Stack No Limit Hold ’em tournament featuring a $560 buy-in.

The televised WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship will be held April 10 – 16. The series will take place in the resort ballrooms with the televised Championship Final Table held at Hard Rock Live.

The Championship featuring a $5 million guarantee, the largest ever for a $3,500 buy-in, will start Thursday, April 10 at noon through final table filming on Wednesday, April 16. Players may play any or all starting flights and choose their best stack. Re-entry will be allowed for six levels.

“Excitement is building for our Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown tournament series. Our satellite events have experienced large turnouts, providing over a hundred entries already to our Championship. We are looking forward to seeing many familiar faces over the next several weeks, and welcoming new players to Seminole Hard Rock poker,” said Ray Stefanelli, director of poker marketing, Seminole Gaming.

The $5 million guaranteed Championship satellite events are 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 all Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown is available 24/7 at the poker room. To participate in tournament events, players must obtain a free “Wild Card” at the Player’s Club or in The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Releases Seminole Hard Poker Showdown Schedule March 27 – April 16

$1 Million Guaranteed Kick-Off Set for March 27 – March 30

 $5 Million Guarantee is the Largest Guarantee Ever for A $3,500 Buy-in Tournament

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood has released its series schedule for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown tournament series running March 27  – April 16, 2014 with the Championship held April 10 – 16. The series will take place in the resort ballrooms with the televised Championship Final Table held at Hard Rock Live.

The 21-day tournament series kicks-off on Thursday, March 27 at 11a.m. with a $1 million guaranteed Deep Stack No Limit Hold ’em tournament featuring a $560 buy-in.  The televised WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship event featuring a $5 million guarantee, the largest ever for a $3,500 buy-in, will start Thursday, April 10 at noon through final table filming on Wednesday, April 16. Players may play any or all starting flights and choose their best stack. Re-entry will be allowed for three levels.

“Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown’s $5 million guaranteed prize pool for the $3,500 buy-in Championship event is the first of its kind, providing the accessibility for players to come to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and compete in a high-profile televised tournament. First place for this event will win over $1 million,” said Ray Stefanelli, director of poker marketing for Seminole Gaming. “Our opening event – the $560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em – carries a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and provides great value for our players. Seminole Hard Rock Poker remains committed to providing all our players with an outstanding tournament experience,” he added.

The $5 million guaranteed Championship 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 all Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown events will begin in March. To participate in tournament events, players must obtain a free “Wild Card” at the Player’s Club or in The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock.

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