Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Poker Showdown Draws 1,795 Entries Exceeding Guarantee

After Crushing the $5 Million Guaranteed WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship, Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Will Return This August with a $10 Million Guaranteed Championship

Apr 15, 2014, 12:02 ET from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The televised WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship, which kicked off April 10 and continues through April 16 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, has drawn 1,795 entries, surpassing the $5 million guarantee and generating a $5,788,875 prize pool – the largest ever for a $3,500 buy-in tournament.  First place will award $1,081,184 plus the coveted WPT Championship trophy.  The televised Championship Final Table will take place at Hard Rock Live on Wednesday beginning at 3 p.m.

"The guarantee is awesome," said professional poker player Phil Laak. "When you're at a reputable place like the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, you know it (the guarantee) is going to be met. And, it doesn't hurt that you're experiencing a first-class resort with all of the trimmings in the process."

Given the success of the annual Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series, as well as surpassing the $5 million Guaranteed Championship prize pool, the property has announced the return of the second annual Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 million Guaranteed Championship. The series will run from August 7-27, with the $5,300 buy-in for the Championship slated for August 21-27. 

"We continue to grow the Seminole Hard Rock Poker program and extend to the poker community offerings that are attractive and lucrative.  While our April Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship will create a new millionaire, our August Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open will add two more millionaires to the poker record books," said Ray Stefanelli, director of poker marketing for Seminole Gaming.  

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites you to PLAYHARD!  Play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida's ultimate entertainment destination. 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 2,500 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 139 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,, and


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