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PokerStars Teams Up with Seminole Poker Open Championship

by | Published: Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Back in June, the Seminole Hard Rock casino in Hollywood, Florida moved the dates of its Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship (SHRPOC) series so as not to conflict with the European Poker Tour Barcelona, which was on at the same time.

Hollywood casino poker openNow, Seminole Hard Rock has teamed up with Pokerstars Pokerstars, who also happen to be the title sponsor of the EPT, to offer players the chance to buy into the SHRPOC Main Event via their online poker account.

The SHRPOC series is set to begin on August 14. It will feature 24 events, including the $5,300 Main Event with a $10 million guarantee on the 28th followed by a $100,000 Super High Roller on September 1, both of these events will allow reentries.

The SHRPOC Main Event begins a day after the EPT Barcelona concludes, giving players enough time to play in all the events if they wish.

“For the first time ever, PokerStars is offering players the option to buy into this live event via their poker account. Players can only buy into one Day 1, and this option is only available until August 24,” says a promotional page on

To buy-in, open the PokerStars lobby, head to the ‘More’ > ‘Special’ tabs and look for the ‘Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship’ tournament, where you can choose from Day 1a, 1b, or 1c.

Seminole made headlines in the poker world last year when it announced its $10 million guarantee Main Event. Last year’s $5,300 buy-in event exceeded the guarantee by nearly $2 million and Blair Hinkle took home a $1.75 million first-place prize after defeating Justin Bonomo in heads-up play.

Take a look at the complete SHRPOC schedule below:

2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Schedule

Date Time Event Buy-in Tournament
Aug 14-17 11 AM 1 $350 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $500,000 Guaranteed
Aug 14-15 12 PM 2 $250 Omaha 8
Aug 17 12 PM 3 $250 Deep Stack Turbo No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $25,000 Guaranteed
Aug 17-18 3 PM 4 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $100,000 Guaranteed
Aug 18-20 11 AM 5 $150 No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $150,000 Guaranteed
Aug 19 12 PM 6 $560 Black Chip Bounty PLO/No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry)
Aug 20 12 PM 7 $350 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em — $50,000 Guaranteed
Aug 21-24 11 AM 8 $560 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $1 Million Guaranteed
Aug 22-23 12 PM 9 $250 Seniors (50+) No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry)
Aug 23-24 12 PM 10 $250 H.O.R.S.E.
Aug 24 12 PM 11 $560 Double Black Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em — $50,000 Guaranteed
Aug 24-25 3 PM 12 $2,200 Eight Game Mix
Aug 25 12 PM 13 $350 Big Stack Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $30,000 Guaranteed
Aug 25 3 PM 14 $250 Pot-Limit Omaha (Reentry)
Aug 26-27 3 PM 15 $2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em — $200,000 Guaranteed
Aug 28 – Sept 3 12 PM 16 $5,300 SHRPO Championship — $10 Million Guarantee (Reentry)
Aug 31 – Sept 1 3 PM 17 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em — $100,000 Guaranteed (Reentry)
Sept 1 12 PM 18 $250 Holiday Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $30,000 Guaranteed
Sept 1-3 12 PM 19 $100,000 Super High Roller Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry)
Sept 1-2 3 PM 20 $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry)
Sept 1-2 5 PM 21 $150 No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $50,000 Guaranteed
Sept 2 12 PM 22 $250 Pot-Limit Omaha 8B (Reentry)
Sept 3 12 PM 23 $200 Big Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Reentry) — $50,000 Guaranteed


2013 World Series of Poker Bracelet Round-Up

by | Published: Monday, June 24th, 2013

Although the victories of Erick Lindgren and Jeff Madsen dominated the headlines at the 2013 World Series of Poker this weekend there were still several other tournaments decided.

Bryan Campanello recorded the biggest win of his poker career by outlasting a field of 301 players to win the $2,500 Seven Card Razz event.

The youngster completely dominated the final table and was a deserving winner of the only Razz event on the 2013 World Series of Poker schedule.

In the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em tournament Michael Gathy defeated a strong final table to win his second WSOP bracelet.

Gathy was one of three former bracelet winners at the final table and was able to outlast Jason Duval and Jake Cody to claim the first place prize of $278,613 and become the second Belgian, after Davidi Kitai, to win an event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Another European was successful in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout with Bulgarian Simeon Naydenov taking home the bracelet and the first place prize of $326,440.

Naydenov has proven to be a specialist in the Shootout format with his victory in this event adding to his tenth place finish in the $3,000 variation at the start of the World Series.

The final table of the tournament had a truly global feel with players representing Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, Czech Republic, Argentina, Great Britain and the United States taking part.

The $5,000 Limit Hold’em event drew a disappointing field of only 170 players but that didn’t bother Michael Moore who won his first ever World Series of Poker bracelet.

Moore is a WSOP veteran who finished tenth in the 1995 Main Event and required his many years of his experience to outplay a strong final table that included past bracelet winners Ronnie Bardah and Todd Witteles as well as rising poker stars Ben Yu and Justin Bonomo.

There is no rest for the wicked at the 2013 World Series of Poker with several more winners set to join Campanello, Gathy, Naydenov and Moore in the coming days.


Leading Players Confirmed For EPT Grand Final Super High Roller

by | Published: Saturday, May 4th, 2013

A number of leading poker professionals have been confirmed as entrants in the European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller Event that will be held in Monte Carlo on May 13th.

Pokerstars Pokerstars announced yesterday that over thirty players are locked-in to play the event and this number is expected to grow even higher.

The leading online poker room has offering a number of incentives for players to take part in the tournament.

“Players who come out and support our Super High Roller events enjoy a little tangible rakeback and VIP treatment for their loyalty as well,” Pokerstars Pokerstars Global VIP Host Garry Gates said.

“Free rooms, chauffeured limousine rides, room credit for food and drinks and complimentary taxi service are offered at some stops, and here in Monaco we have a very unique opportunity.

“Upon landing in Nice, France, our VIPs have a chartered helicopter waiting for them, which takes them on a ride above the picturesque shores of the Mediterranean before touching down in the Principality of Monaco.”

Leading players that have taken up this incredible opportunity include: 2013 WSOP APAC Main Event champion Daniel Negreanu, Big One For One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari, the winningest female tournament poker player in history Vanessa Selbst and poker legend Erik Seidel.

The inaugural European Poker Tour Grand Final Super High Roller tournament was won by Justin Bonomo who outlasted a final table that included Tobias Reinkemeier, Bertrand Grospellier, Patrik Antonius, Masaaki Kagawa and Negreanu.

European Poker Tour President Edgar Stuchly said he was delighted at the response to the Super High Roller Tournament.

“Monaco really is the spiritual home of high-stakes gaming, and the response we’ve had to the High Roller events has been fantastic so far,” Stuchly told Poker News.

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Mizrachi Off To A Strong Start in EPT Berlin Main Event

by | Published: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Leading professional poker player Michael Mizrachi is well placed after the opening day of the 2013 European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event.

“The Grinder” finished Day 1b of the tournament as the chip leader and is currently sitting in fourth place overall with 175,400 in chips.

Mizrachi isn’t a regular on the European Poker Tour but is well placed to add an EPT Title to his three World Series of Poker bracelets and his two World Poker Tour Titles.

“I haven’t played many EPT events, I think this might only be my third one,” Mizrachi told Poker News.

“I am coming here because my brother is actually DJing at the 42nd Club on Wednesday.

“I came out for that and there was a tournament here so I thought why not come out a few days earlier.”

Mizrachi was full of his typical confidence and said he was looking forward to Wednesday night as a celebration for his tournament victory.

“It should be a great party but first I have to take care of business so that I can have money to spend on Wednesday night,” Mizrachi said.

“I’m looking forward to winning this tournament and having a great turnout.”

Mizrachi still has a long way to go to win the tournament with 314 players still remaining in contention.

Ronny Voth (196,100) is the current chip leader with Mike Kunze (188,000), Thomas Richter (176,100), Mizrachi (175,400) and Sebastian Trisch (173,500) rounding out the top five.

Notable players who were eliminated on the opening day of the tournament included: Paul Volpe, David Williams, Mike McDonald, Justin Bonomo and Rupert Elder.

The tournament continues today with flights A and B coming together for day two of the event.

The remaining players are doing battle for a total prize pool of €4,560,000 and a first place prize of €880,000.

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