Jan 26, 2016
Los Angeles, CA (January 26, 2016) – Season XIV of the World Poker Tour® will come to an historic conclusion in South Florida this April, as the WPT® and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida today announced an additional $2 million guaranteed $10,000 Main Tour event, giving players one more chance to secure a massive prize and qualify for the inaugural WPT Tournament of Champions.
As previously announced, the World Poker Tour returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 15 for the $2 million guaranteed, $3,500 buy-in WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Home to the largest (1,795 entries) field in WPT Main Tour history, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has played host to three consecutive 1,000-entry fields on the World Poker Tour, generating more than $14 million in combined prize pools over the last two seasons alone.
Following the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, poker’s elite will come together on April 22 to make history in the televised, rake-free WPT Tournament of Champions. All 21 Season XIV WPT Champions will automatically qualify for the WPT Tournament of Champions, and will be joined by fellow members of the WPT Champions Club to try and cement their place in poker history.
To add to the already can’t-miss festival, the WPT and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino are giving players a second chance to lock up a seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale. Kicking off on April 17, this $10,000 buy-in event boasts a $2 million guarantee and a freeze out format. Registration is open until the beginning of Day 2 on April 18, allowing players who reach the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown final table an opportunity to parlay their winnings into even more cash.
The winner of the $2 million guaranteed WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale will be the very last player in Season XIV to qualify for the WPT Tournament of Champions.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino also announced the addition of a $1 million guaranteed, $25,500 buy-in High Roller on April 19. The two-day tournament features unlimited re-entries, allowing poker’s elite and most wealthy enthusiasts to indulge in as much action as they desire while in South Florida.
To allow players to maximize their value while at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, all three WPT final tables will be staggered (see below). In addition, all three WPT final tables will be live-streamed, and the WPT Tournament of Champions will be filmed by the World Poker Tour’s award-winning production team for broadcast on FOX Sports Networks in August of 2016.
|4/13||7 pm||Seminole Hard Rock and WPT Foundation Present: Jason Taylor’s Charity Poker Tournament||$300|
|4/15||1||12 pm||WPT SHR Poker Showdown Day 1||$3,500|
|4/16||2||12 pm||WPT SHR Poker Showdown Day 2||–|
|4/17||3||12 pm||WPT SHR Poker Showdown Day 3||–|
|2 pm||WPT SHR Finale Day 1||$10,000|
|4/18||4||12 pm||WPT SHR Finale Day 2||–|
|4/19||5||12 pm||WPT SHR Finale Day 3||–|
|2 pm||High Roller Day 1||$25,500|
|4/20||6||12 pm||WPT SHR Poker Showdown Final Table||–||LS|
|12 pm||High Roller Day 2||–|
|4/21||7||12 pm||WPT SHR Finale Final Table||–||LS|
|4/22||8||12 pm||WPT Tournament of Champions Day 1||$15,000||TV|
|4/23||9||12 pm||WPT Tournament of Champions Day 2||–||TV|
|4/24||10||4 pm||WPT Tournament of Champions Final Table||–||LS/TV|
The WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown festival begins on March 31 with a $500,000 guaranteed, $350 buy-in event, followed by a $1 million guaranteed, $570 buy-in tournament. The Seminole Hard Rock and WPT Foundation Present: Jason Taylor’s Charity Poker Tournament kicks off on April 13. Benefitting the Jason Taylor Foundation, one half of each $300 buy-in to the charity tournament 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.
A full schedule of events at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will be available soon at SHRPO.com
“The addition of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale creates extra value for every player who participates in our season-ending festival at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; offering them one last chance to clinch a massive prize and qualify for the historic WPT Tournament of Champions,” said WPT President and CEO Adam Pliska. “We are proud to once again partner with Seminole for this immense festival of poker, and with all three WPT final tables live-streamed, we welcome fans from around the globe to tune in to the electrifying conclusion of Season XIV of the World Poker Tour.”
“We have had a strong partnership over the years with the WPT and are honored to host the WPT Tournament of Champions,” said Seminole Hard Rock Tournament Director Tony Burns. “We are always looking to push the envelope and offer players an unparalleled experience and feel this festival will do just that.”
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About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites you to play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida’s premier destination for fun and entertainment, Where Rock Royalty Lives. Over 90 tables offer Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, Casino War and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Additionally, over 2,200 slots include the Native-American Casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room, are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player’s Club members also have access to the exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and VIP Chef’s Table show kitchen. The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold ‘em, 7-Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe -Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 144 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants. The Green Lodging Certified by the State of Florida, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, Rock Spa, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightclubs, lounges and bars, boutique retail shops, the 350-seat Paradise Live theater and the 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. 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, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com,facebook.com/seminolehardrockhollywood, twitter.com/SHRHollywood, instagram.com/semhardrockhollywood and youtube.com/semhardrockhollywood.
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