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Hollywood Poker Open St. Louis $1,800 Main Event Kicks Off this Weekend

Hollywood Poker Open St. Louis $1,800 Main Event Kicks Off this Weekend 0001

Season 2 of the Hollywood Poker Open Regional Tournament Series continued this week at the Hollywood Casino St. Louis, which has been playing host to a 30-event schedule. This weekend, things will culminate with the $1,800 HPO Regional Main Event, which will play out from March 15-16.

The HPO stop in St. Louis has already crowned a plethora of preliminary winners including Bruce Balling (Event #1 $300 NLHE), Robert Pryzgoda (Event #6 $300 NLHE), and Gary Lambert (Event #7 $125 NLHE), just to name a few. Likewise, former European Poker Tour Copenhagen champ and St. Louis local Tim Vance has been spotted playing throughout the week.

Two others players expected to be in attendance this weekend are Chris Moneymaker and Lee Childs.

“Here’s the deal. The HPO is serious about being a presence when it comes to poker,” said Bill Bruce, Director for the Hollywood Poker Open. “We have gone out and hired one of the most recognizable names and face in the game of poker in Chris Moneymaker, we have brought in PokerNews to give players the best possible onsite live reporting, the fees are less than other events, and the structures are amazing. I hope everyone will play the nearest HPO regionals when they have the opportunity.”

For a look at the entire HPO at PNRC schedule, please click here.

The winner of the HPO St. Louis Main Event will receive an entry into the season-ending $500,000 guaranteed HPO Championship Event at the M Resort Las Vegas. In Season 1, Ana Marquez topped a field of 631 players — which included over 200 HPO qualifiers — to win the fist-ever $2,500 HPO Championship Event for $320,189. In addition, the player who tops the HPO St. Louis leaderboard will also be awarded a seat.

Located just 20 minutes from the downtown area, the Hollywood Casino St. Louis offers plenty of gaming options including 2,160 slot and video poker machines, 59 table games, and a 21-table poker room.

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. For complete information, please visit the HPO website.

Finally, PokerNews will provide coverage for all of the remaining Main Events:

Regional Main EventDateBuy-in
Hollywood Casino St. LouisMarch 15-16$1,800
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town RacesMarch 29-30$1,800
Hollywood Casino ColumbusMay 24-25$1,800

For more information on each stop of Season 2, check out, and be sure to follow the PokerNews Live-Reporting Page this weekend for updates from St. Louis!

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