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Televised WPT® Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship Runs April 16-22 with Massive $5 Million Guarantee

Televised WPT® Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship Runs April 16-22 with Massive $5 Million Guarantee

 Hundreds of Seats Up for Grabs in Live Satellites at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL

 Twitter: @SHRPO

www.SHRPO.com

Hollywood, Fla. (March 17, 2015) – Hot on the heels of the Season XIII California Swing, the World Poker Tour® returns to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL for the televised WPT® Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship. Located in the ballrooms, this $3,500 buy-in event kicks off on April 16 with three starting flights, and carries a massive $5 million guarantee. In April alone, more than 100 seats will be up for grabs at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

In Season XII, the $5 million guaranteed WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship attracted 1,795 entries, making it the largest WPT Main Tour event in the history of the World Poker Tour. Eric Afriat defeated eventual Player of the Year Mukul Pahuja heads up to earn more than $1 million and a seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

“Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is proud to present the 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, and we look forward to another successful partnership with WPT for the series’ exciting televised $5 million guarantee Championship,” said General Manager of Gaming for Seminole Gaming, Larry Frank. “Showdown is one of four world-class tournaments offered in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker series, and has been designed to provide multiple opportunities for players to qualify for a seat in the Championship through satellites and promotions.”

WPT President Adam Pliska adds, “The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino produced yet another four-figure field earlier this season with the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, and we are thrilled to return to this premier property for the televised WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship. With a $5 million guarantee, a Hublot Oceanographic 4000 watch up for grabs, valuable Hublot WPT Player of the Year points on the line, and a diverse 20-event festival, this is a must-attend event for all players.”

 Qualify for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship

Players can qualify for the $5 million guaranteed WPT Main Tour event in one of many live satellites at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Notable dates include:

10-Seat Guarantees

  • March 20 at 6 p.m. ($385)
  • March 29 at 6 p.m. ($385)
  • April 14 at 5 p.m. ($385)
  • April 15 at 5 p.m. ($385)
  • April 16 at 3 p.m. ($385)
  • April 17 at 3 p.m. ($385)

25-Seat Guarantees

April 14 at 11 a.m. ($385)

  • April 15 at 11 a.m. ($385)

Players can also win a seat into the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship by entering a contest on www.HardRockPoker.com. The entry period ends Tuesday, April 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST, and one lucky winner will be selected at midnight to play in the event. For official rules, click here.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Festival

 The 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown kicks off on April 6 with a $250 buy-in no-limit hold’em event featuring six starting flights and a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. The action heats up on April 9 with the $570 buy-in Deep Stack $1 million guarantee, which also features six starting flights.

Other highlights include:

April 7 at 12 p.m.: $350 Six Max (single re-entry, $30,000 guarantee)

  • April 12 at 3 p.m.: $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty (freeze out, $100,000 guarantee)
  • April 13 at 3 p.m.: $2,200 Eight Game Mix (single re-entry)
  • April 14 at 3 p.m.: $2,200 Six Max (freeze out, $200,000 guarantee)
  • April 19 at 3 p.m.: $1,650 Eight-Handed (re-entry, $150,000 guarantee)

For a full schedule of events, head here.

 About Seminole Hard Rock Poker

Seminole Hard Rock Poker encompasses four major poker series held annually at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In August 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) was introduced to poker players around the world and featured a $10 million guarantee championship, the largest guarantee in history. In addition to the SHRPO, Seminole Hard Rock Poker series’ includes the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (January), Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (April) and Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Poker Open (November). All four series fall under the SHRPO umbrella with tournament news, live updates and championship live streaming. Visit www.SHRPO.com. Join the conversation at #SHRPO, and tag us @SHRPO.

About World Poker Tour

World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 13th season, which airs on FSN in the United States. Season XIII of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com, a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States. ClubWPT.com also sponsors Season II of the new WPT Alpha8 series of super-high roller poker tournaments which is currently in production and which airs on FOX Sports 1 in the United States. WPT participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of bwin.party digital entertainment plc. For more information, go to WPT.com.

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