World Poker Tour is com­ing to Hard Rock

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - South Broward - - GAMBLING - By David Rater­man

Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel and Casino (1 Semi­nole Way, Hol­ly­wood, 800-937-0010, Semi­nole­HardRock­Hol­ly­wood.com) will host a pair of Sea­son XIV World Poker Tour events as part of its Show­down se­ries from March 31 to April 24.

The $3,500 WPT Semi­nole Hard Rock Poker Show­down Cham­pi­onship (April 15-20) and the $10,000 WPT Semi­nole Hard Rock Poker Fi­nale (April 17-21), each with a $2 mil­lion guar­an­tee, will end the year­long tour.

Also part of the show­down are the $25,500 buy-in, $1 mil­lion guar­an­teed Semi­nole Hard Rock Poker High Roller (April 19-20) and the $15,000 buy-in WPT Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons (April 22-24), which is for Sea­son XIV cham­pi­ons and WPT Cham­pi­ons Club mem­bers.

“The ad­di­tion of the $10,000 buy-in WPT Semi­nole Hard Rock Poker Fi­nale al­lowed us to take the se­ries one step fur­ther and of­fer a $25,500 High Roller with a $1 mil­lion guar­an­tee cater­ing to some of the game’s best pros and wealth­i­est am­a­teurs,” says Ja­son New­man, di­rec­tor of poker mar­ket­ing for Semi­nole Gam­ing.

On March 31, the first events of the Show­down will be­gin. A Deep Stack No Limit Hold ’Em has a $350 buy-in and $500,000 guar­an­teed prize pool. Also that day, a Turbo Mega Satel­lite, with two seats guar­an­teed into the Show- down, has a $90 buy-in.

A char­ity poker tour­na­ment pre­sented by the Hard Rock and the WPT Foun­da­tion will take place on April13 at 7 p.m. Pro­ceeds will go to the Ja­son Tay­lor Foun­da­tion, which was cre­ated by the Mi­ami Dol­phins’ Hall of Famer, for pro­grams aimed at help­ing lo­cal kids with health care and education. TheIslePom­panoPark.com) can win up to $10,000 in FanPlay each hour. All you have to do is play your fa­vorite case game. Ten ran­dom play­ers will be se­lected ev­ery half-hour to win $100 in FanPlay.

On Sun­days in March, se­niors 55 and older at Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Fed­eral High­way, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasi­noFL.com) are “Golden Jesters.” They can earn10 points to re­ceive $10 in bonus play. And if they earn 25 points, they re­ceive an en­try for a draw­ing, held ev­ery two hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in which $100 in cash will be given out.

From 3 to 11 p.m. Sun­days in March, Gulf­stream Park Rac­ing and Casino (901 S. Fed­eral High­way, Hallandale Beach, 954- 454-7000, Gulf­streamPark.com) holds the $20K Car­ni­val Give­away. Casino­go­ers can win cash and free play, in­clud­ing one per­son win­ning $10,000 in cash. Play­ers can earn en­tries all week long, with 100 points for one en­try.

On Sun­day, start­ing at noon and end­ing at 8 p.m., the Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel will of­fer Hard Rockin’ Sev­ens. One player ev­ery seven min­utes will win $777 in free play. Play­ers should insert their Wild Card into a slot ma­chine one hour be­fore each draw­ing to ac­ti­vate their en­tries.

Also start­ing at noon Sun­day, but at the Palm Beach Ken­nel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561- 683-2222, PBKen­nelClub.com), the sixth an­nual Tyler’s Team Char­ity Poker Clas­sic will of­fer a $50 buy-in. First-place win­ner is guar­an­teed a cash prize and a ticket to the World Se­ries of Poker Cir­cuit Tour at PBKC in the fall. Cash prizes will be paid to the top 10 per­cent of the field. Last year’s jack­pot was more than $15,000.

The Casino at Da­nia Beach (301 E. Da­nia Beach Blvd., 954-920-1511, Da­ni­aCasino.com) has a new daily pro­mo­tion to re­place its Da­nia Dawn Pa­trol High Hand. Ev­ery hour from 9 a.m. to noon in the poker room, the high­est hand wins $500. Ev­ery half-hour from noon to 7 p.m., the high­est hand gets $200, and ev­ery hour from 7 to 10 p.m., the win­ner gets $700. For the en­tire pe­riod from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., the high­est hand takes home $500.

Semi­nole Clas­sic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, Hol­ly­wood, 954-961-3220, Semi­noleClas­sicCasino.com) will give away $1,000 in cash ev­ery 20 min­utes from 3 to 9:40 p.m. on March 19, 23 and 26. At 10 p.m., $4,000 in cash will be given away, and any un­claimed cash will be awarded at 11.

SU­SAN STOCKER/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

World Poker Tour events will be held from March 31 to April 24 at the Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel and Casino.

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