Poker players prepare to Rock ‘n’ Roll

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open is less than a month away, with a very wide spectrum of tournaments: One event costs $50,000 to enter. Another costs less than one percent of that amount.

The series of 14 tournaments runs Nov. 16-30.

Hard Rock officials say the opening event carries great value, and hey, compared to plunking down $50K, a $360 buy-in sounds like a downright bargain – especially when there’s $1 million in prize money guaranteed.

“We look forward to presenting a product that’s never been offered in this region,” said Tony Burns, tournament director at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “The idea that one or more players could turn a modest $360 investment into a six-figure score is something we’re very excited about.”

For those with the big money – or a nice stable of financial backers — the series includes a $50,000 buy-in High Roller tournament, doubling the series’ previous big-money event.

“After experiencing strong turnouts at previous Seminole Hard Rock Poker $25,000 High Roller events, we received feedback from local high-limit players that encouraged us to add the $50,000 tournament on our schedule,” said William Mason, director of poker. “We expect to draw some of the games’ most elite.”

For those curious, the event is not the most expensive ever at the Hollywood casino. The World Poker Tour’s Alpha8 series required a $100,000 entry fee in recent years.

The tournament’s main event is a $3,500 buy-in, $2 million guaranteed championship, and the card room will sprinkle in entry giveaways between now and the Nov. 25 start date. For example, a $360 buy-in, $30,000 guarantee tournament at 3 p.m. Friday includes a spot in the $2 million tournament for the winner. The Seminole Hard Rock is also giving away one free entry via an online drawing. Go to

Much of the series will be live-streamed and taped by Poker Night in America.

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