The Hollywood Poker Open (HPO), a new poker tournament launched by Penn National Gaming with qualifying events at five of its casinos throughout the United States, is coming to Las Vegas and the M Resort Spa Casino on Jan. 25-27, 2013.
Playing in the Las Vegas event is one of the many ways poker players can earn a seat in the $500,000 Guaranteed HPO Championship in June, which also includes playing in other regional qualifying events or satellites around the country or paying the $2,500 buy-in.
The M Resort will host three HPO events with a combined guaranteed prize pool of $70,000, culminating with the $40,000 guaranteed No Limit Hold’em Main Event on Jan. 27 ($335 buy-in; 45-minute blinds; 20,000 chips).
The top two from the Main Event will be awarded a $2,500 seat for the $500,000 Guaranteed HPO Championship.
The HPO Championship will also be held at the M Resort on June 28-30.
Day 1 at the M Resort (Jan. 25) will feature a $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Event ($125 buy-in; 30-minute blinds; 10,000 chips).
The top five will receive a seat in the $20,000 No Limit Hold’em Event on Jan. 26 ($225 buy-in; 30-minute blinds; 12,000 chips).
The top five from the Jan. 26 event will win a seat to play in the Main Event on Jan. 27. All qualifying events at the M Resort begin at 2 p.m.
In addition, two satellites for the $40,000 Main Event will be played on Jan. 25 and 26 beginning at 6 p.m. Buy-in for each satellite is $55.
The M Resort is located on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. The casino’s 14-table poker room is on the casino floor near the race and sports book.
For more information or to reserve a seat, call the M Resort at 702-797-1777 or visit the HPO website at: www.hollywoodpokeropen.com.
Penn National will host three additional qualifying events for the $500,000 Guaranteed HPO Championship. The next event is March 21-April 1 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W.V., near Washington, D.C.
On Jan. 19 at 12 noon, the Golden Nugget will host Golden Saturday II in the Grand Ballroom for a day of exciting poker action. Golden Saturday has a $25,000 guaranteed minimum prize pool.
Doors open at 10 a.m. and you can register now in the poker room or on the day of the event. For more information email: [email protected] or call 702-386-8383.
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