Hollywood Casino Brings World Poker Tour(R) National Televised Event to Lawrenceburg

Registration Now Open for Hollywood Poker Open in March

Jan 25, 2010, 14:00 ET from Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, home of the Midwest's largest poker room, is now accepting registration for the inaugural Hollywood Poker Open, a series of 28 events held over 21 action-filled days, March 4-24.  The $10,000 buy-in World Poker Tour® (WPT) Main Event, March 20-24, will be the first WPT championship event held in the Midwest and will feature a final table on March 24 that will be filmed for television broadcast on Fox Sports Net's (FSN) national television network.

A $2-$2.5 million prize pool is anticipated for the Main Event, which is expected to attract several top professional players. With a field of 250+, the winner's share will exceed $1 million and the champion will receive a WPT Champion Bracelet and $25,500 paid entry to the WPT World Championship in Las Vegas in April and the title of WPT Champion.

Action from the Hollywood Poker Open final table airs on consecutive Sundays -- June 20 and 27* -- on FSN as part of the WPT Season VIII schedule.  Free bleacher seating in the Hollywood Ballroom will be provided to fans interested in watching the final table on March 24. Seating begins at 3 p.m. and taping begins promptly at 4 p.m. Seats can be reserved by emailing tickets@worldpokertour.com.

A wide range of No Limit and Limit Hold'em events will be featured throughout the Hollywood Poker Open, including events for Ladies (March 6) and Seniors 50+ (March 7 and 17).  In addition, the Open will host Limit 7-Card Stud, Limit Stud 8 or Better High/Lo, Limit Omaha 8 or Better High/Lo and Pot Limit Omaha events.

There are also super satellites and second chance cash tournaments throughout the Open.

Registration for all Hollywood Poker Open events is at the WPT Hollywood poker room.  For more information, go to www.myhollywoodpoker.com or call the poker room at 812-539-MYPK.

*Dates subject to change. Check your local listings for show times in your area or visit the WPT Channel Finder at www.WorldPokerTour.com

About Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg

Hollywood Casino is a Penn National Gaming property located on the Ohio River in the City of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, just off I-275, less than 30 minutes from Cincinnati.  A new, state-of the art casino floor, opened June 2009, features 3,300 slot machines and 90 table games, including a 41-table World Poker Tour® poker room.  The property includes a 300-room hotel and multiple dining options.  On-site parking is available for up to 4,000 vehicles.  For more information, visit www.hollywoodindiana.com

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