They're really serious about this poker thing: The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollwyood, which earlier this year announced a $10 million guarantee poker tournament for late August, on Thursday released news that it has another big-money event in the same series.
Really big money.
Buy-in will be $100,000.
It is called the Florida Super High-Roller Tournament, and is part of a new series the World Poker Tour is rolling out (also announced Thursday). It will start at noon Aug. 26 at Hard Rock Live.
WPT Alpha8 is a newly announced global series of super high-roller poker tournaments to be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 beginning in March 2014. The press release said it will be held in some of the world’s most prestigious venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa and each event will feature a buy-in of at least $100,000.
Tournament structures designed by WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage will ensure plenty of play at all levels throughout the event and allow World Poker Tour to provide four hours of televised action, according to the Seminoles' press release.
“The WPT Alpha8 tournament raises the volume on this already highly anticipated series,” said Larry Mullin, Seminole Gaming COO. He also called it a "game-changer."
Let's pause for a breath here. Off the top of my head, the World Series of Poker has a $50K event each year, and last year had a $1M buy-in event for charity, One Drop. This year, it was $111,111, called Little One Drop. My thinking is that poker players have built more alliances as time has moved on. Many players have backers, investors and, heck, for the right price, I'd buy a piece of the right player. So, if you're questioning who's going to play in this, I'd think you'd be surprised.*
(* Hey, if you're entering let me know. Email NSortal@SouthFlorida.com).
Meanwhile, just a reminder, the $5,300 buy-in Championship Event, running Aug. 22 – 28, offers cash to the top 300 places. The champion will earn at leat $1.5 million and second place is $1 million guaranteed.
The Seminoles say beginning Aug. 8, viewers will be able to watch live streaming action of the SHRPO series at www.seminolehardrockpokeropen.com and can take in the Championship Event in Paradise Live on Aug 28.
Satellites will be running at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, as well as Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Casino Immokalee. Players can gain satellite entry for as little as $115.
Registration is now open onsite at The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314. For more information call (954) 585-5111. Visit www.seminolehardrockpokeropen.com for the schedule, Championship Event payout structure, and live updates.