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    Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Ryan

There are many great live poker tournament series’ that run throughout the year, and players definitely have their preference of one tournament series over another. With that being said though, one series that I’ve seemed to continually hear good things about is the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. This event is run in Hollywood, Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, and it not only features some big named players, but it has some huge pay days and a massive amount of players who take part in the events.

A key reason why so many players play in this series is that the buy-in’s aren’t incredibly over the top like some other series’ are, as they really are looking to draw in huge numbers for the events that take place in this series. The schedule for the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown was released this week, and it was seen that the series will run this year from March 27th through April 16th.

The final event is going to be a televised World Poker Tour Championship event, and it’s one that should have a huge pay out to the eventual winner. This event is called the WPT Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship event, and it is going to run from April 10th through April 16th. The event will feature a $3,500 buy-in, and is going to offer the players three different starting flights, as well as re-entries if you get knocked out. Best of all though, is the fact that there is a guaranteed prize pool attached that is worth $5 million.

The plans actually changed for this main event, as it was going to have a $10 million guarantee, but the Seminole Hard Rock called the change in December. The decision meant that instead of a $10 million guarantee with a huge buy-in, there would be a $5 million guarantee with a smaller buy-in. It’s safe to say that with $5 million in prize money up for grabs, that the players are going to be coming out to try to get their piece. This is the largest guaranteed prize pool that has ever been offered for a $3,500 buy-in tournament, so I fully expect to see a pretty huge number of players.

The Director of Poker Marketing for Seminole Gaming stated that the decision to change from the $5,300 buy-in back in August, although it was “extremely successful”, was due to the fact that they wanted to give players a more accessible price-point. This was in order to “expose more customers to both the WPT and Seminole Hard Rock poker brands and the televised championship event.” Now, the actual tournament action itself is going to begin on March 27th with another big time tournament that is going to feature a $1 million guarantee. The event will feature just a $560 buy-in, and is a Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry event.

A few other tournaments that are definitely worth pointing out are going to include the $200,000 guarantee No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry event for just $150, as well as two other big time events. The first of which is the Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry for $350 with a $500,000 guarantee, and a Six-Max No Limit Hold’em event with a $2,200 buy-in and a $200,000 guarantee. To top all of this off, for any players who are looking to attempt to buy-in to the World Poker Tour’s Championship event but simply don’t want to put up the money, there are going to be different satellites running for the event.

The daily satellites that are going to be offered will run until April 12th, so players are going to have plenty of opportunities to win their way into the big time event. For players in the area, or players who are looking to fly in just for the action, be sure to get things set up early as this event is likely to draw a massive number of players. It’s the type that could see quite a few hotels in their area book up their rooms early, and also is going to give a feel of a huge poker series, just as the creators of the series really wanted it to be. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on this series as it gets closer and also once it gets underway.

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