Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Kicks Off Soon

The first major South Florida poker series in 2016 is the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open, which runs Jan. 7-20 and consists of 15 events.

The main event is the WPT DeepStacks tournament Jan. 14-18, which consists of $1 million in guaranteed prize money.

The total payout likely will be more, as players’ entry fees have surpassed (well, actually smashed) the total promised in most of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood’s poker events in 2015. This one costs $1,100 to enter, but there are three starting days (Jan. 14-16) so a field well past the necessary 1,000 or so is expected.

That tournament and all others will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock ballrooms. The lone exception is the final table which is in Paradise Live and live-streamed (with a delay, to keep things honest) via

The first event is a $560 buy-in, $500,000 guarantee tournament that begins Thursday, Jan. 7.

As has been their recent custom, tournament officials are giving away an entry into the main event – so someone who signs up for their email list. (Not a bad way to build a database.) Visit

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