Hard Rock Poker Series Kicking Off

The first big poker series of the year is at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Jan. 7 – 20, 2016 with a WPT DeepStacks Main Event carrying a $1 million guarantee. Held in the resort ballrooms, the series will feature 15 events with several secondary events and qualifiers. The Main Event final table will be held in Paradise Live and live streamed on WPTDSLive.com. The LHPO schedule can be found at www.SHRPO.com.

The Main Event will take place Jan. 14 – 18. The $1,100 buy-in will feature a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, 25,000 starting stack and three starting flights. Players may play any of the starting flights and are allowed a single re-entry each day if they are eliminated. Satellite events for the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood starting December 2015.

Enter to win a seat in to the $1 Million Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open” Championship. Visit www.shrpo.com/WinASeatLHPO To participate, players must obtain a free Wild Card at the Player’s Club or in the poker room. More information, schedule and contest rules can be found at www.SHRPO.com.

Hialeah Poker Investigation Ups the Ante

The Director of Poker at Hialeah Park has left the casino, following an August poker tournament that drew complaints and an investigation from the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. Nelson Costa and other staffers resigned this month, according to their posts on Facebook. Hialeah officials and the state are still not commenting. Question emerged after the money collected for a large tournament, the number of chips in play and the number of entries didn’t jibe.

Dania Closer to Opening

The much-awaited remake at Dania Casino looks like will be revealed in mid-January, with a big focus on jai-alai, with screens everywhere and slots near the action. Meanwhile, a 30-table poker room, simulcast area and sports bar will be on the second floor. A concert area, called Stage 954 (modeled after Magic City’s Stage 305 in Miami-Dade) is being built in the second-floor area that had been used for slots during the 2014 brief opening. Look for an upcoming interview here next week with CEO Scott Savin.