The high hand war escalates another step Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The room will have $1,000 high hands, with rollovers, every 30 minutes from 4 p.m. to midnight. But on top of that, the high hand winner at 6, 8, 10 p.m. and midnight will have a seat in the $5,250 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open main event added to their prize.

So if you have a straight flush draw, you’re priced in, even if your opponent shoves.

Meanwhile, the poker room, previously situated outside in Seminole Paradise, is now in the ballrooms inside the hotel. Poker play started June 1. The casino has demolished most of Seminole Paradise in preparation for future construction.

The new room took a little reworking of Ballrooms A&B. A cashier’s cage and check-in stand are at the front, and TVs are placed high on the walls. The room, which had been used for poker play during the casino’s larger tournaments, had already been supplied with eye-in-the-sky cameras. There are 36 tables, within a handful of what had been in place at the old room.

But players who park in the Seminole Way garage now are covered as they stroll through the casino floor, past the Hard Rock Café and Blue Plate and into the poker room. The old two-story poker room also had drawn complaints from players who felt the blast of air conditioning in the room, which originally had been designed to be a sports bar.

The poker action continues to increase. Seminole Gaming recently announced its partnership with the World Series of Poker (WSOP) to host two events during the upcoming WSOP Circuit season. The series will be at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sept. 21 to Oct. 2 and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Feb. 8 to Feb. 19, 2018.

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