Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has $10mil payout

May 21, 2013 3:05 AM

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, has announced it will host the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open featuring a $10 million guaranteed payout – the largest of its kind in the world – Aug. 8-29. The main event will be held Aug. 22-29.

“This destination deserves a tournament like this,” said Larry Mullin, Seminole Gaming COO. “Ten million dollars was the right number for what would be most interesting to the player; designed for the player. The Hard Rock and the Seminole Tribe of Florida serve as a global brand that will always be striving to bring the best in games, hospitality and entertainment to South Florida. As that leader, we want to remind people about the great products we have.”

William Mason, Seminole Hard Rock director of poker, elaborated that the $10 million guarantee, which expects to award more than $1.5 million to the winner, will be part of a 33-event series in August. In addition, poker rooms at Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Casino Immokalee will host satellite tournaments.

A $5,300 buy-in will secure a spot in this groundbreaking $10 million guaranteed Championship event. The series will be highlighted by some other key tourneys, including Event #1 ($350 buy-in, $500,000 guaranteed prize pool) and Event #7 ($560 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed prize pool). On-site registration for the $10 million Open has begun. The registration fee is non-refundable. To participate, players must obtain a free “wild card” at the Player’s Club or in the poker room at Seminole Paradise.

Riviera: This summer poker players can get free rooms! From May 29 through July 14, play six hours of live poker per room to qualify for a $0 poker rate Sunday through Thursday. The reduced Friday and Saturday rate would be only $45 per night. Play can be split between two room occupants and hours can be banked.

Rooms are limited under this promotion and there are some blackout dates. Stop by the poker room or email [email protected] for more details.

WSOP: The 44th annual World Series of Poker gets underway starting next week at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The Main Event will start on Sunday July 7 and run until Tuesday July 16.

H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 18-year resident of Las Vegas. Questions or comments for Scot may be addressed to: [email protected].

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