Season 2 of the Hollywood Poker Open is already underway with the completion of its first stop at Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg. The remaining stops of the Hollywood Poker Open Regional Tournament series will run through the end of May with each stop hosting a 10-day poker festival. The flagship event of the series is the $500,000 guaranteed HPO Championship Event at the M Resort Las Vegas set for June 2014.
We're excited to announce that PokerNews will be providing live coverage for each Main Event on the schedule, the first coming this weekend at Hollywood Casino Tunica.
Remaining Schedule for 2014 Hollywood Poker Open
|Regional Main Event||Date||Buy-in|
|Hollywood Casino Tunica||February 15-16||$1,800|
|Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course||March 1-2||$1,800|
|Hollywood Casino St. Louis||March 15-16||$1,800|
|Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races||March 29-30||$1,800|
|Hollywood Casino Columbus||May 24-25||$1,800|
Season 2 of the Hollywood Poker Open will feature one of the most recognizable faces in poker. Ten years after winning the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, Chris Moneymaker will serve as the ambassador for the HPO brand and compete in various regional and local qualifying tournaments. He will participate in various events at Hollywood Casinos in Lawrenceburg, Ind.; St. Louis, Mo.; Charles Town, W. Va.; Columbus, Ohio; and culminating with the Championship Event at the M Resort Spa & Casino in Las Vegas in June 2014.
In addition to the Regional Tournament series, HPO properties will be running promotions whereby players can win a seat into the Championship Event at M Resort. You can qualify through Sunday Tournaments, and Free Roll Tournaments from now through May.
The inaugural Hollywood Poker Open Championship took place last June at the M Resort. The HPO held various qualifying events, sending over 200 players to Las Vegas with a seat into the Main Event. In the fist $2,500 HPO Championship Event ever held, it was Spain’s Ana Marquez who emerged victorious over the 631-player field. The event generated a total prize pool of $1,423,062, of which Marquez took home the top prize of $320,189.
On the winning hand, she flopped a set of jacks against runner-up finisher Ryan Tepen’s ace-king. “I can’t believe I won, everything was super perfect,” said Marquez after taking down the Championship Event.
Other notables who cashed were Max Greenwood, Griffin Benger, Ryan D’Angelo, and Mickey Petersen.
Remember, PokerNews will be on hand for live coverage for each HPO Regional Main Event beginning with Hollywood Casino Tunica Saturday, Feb. 15. Stay tuned to the PokerNews Live Reporting page for all updates from the 2014 Hollywood Poker Open!
For more information on each stop of Season 2, check out hollywoodpokeropen.com.