Season 2 of the Hollywood Poker Open heads to Columbus, Ohio in one week, beginning on May 16 at the Hollywood Casino. The series will run through Sunday, May 25, closing with the $1,800 HPO Regional Main Event which carries a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool and a seat in the HPO Championship Event at the M Resort Casino & Spa in Las Vegas in June. As always, PokerNews will be on hand to provide live coverage of the Main Event, including hand reports, chips counts, and more.
“Only in a poker tournament by HPO could an unknown like me sit down with some of the best in the world, have the time of their life, win some money, and go to Vegas," Toby Mathews, winner of HPO Tunica told PokerNews.
Mathews defeated World Series of Poker bracelet winner Jonathan Taylor heads up, and outlasted HPO Ambassador and St. Louis Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker in three-handed play.
HPO Columbus begins with a three-day, $450 no-limit hold'em event that will allow re-entries through the first eight levels on Day 1b. All players who advance on Day 1 return for Day 2 on Sunday, May 18 to play down to a champion. The winner of Event #1 will also earn a $2,500 seat to the HPO Championship Event in Las Vegas this summer, as will the player who earns the highest point total on the HPO Leader Board for the Columbus series. Points will be awarded in select tournaments based on finishing position.
Mixed in with the regular events are a number of satellites to the Main Event. Three satellites will run on Friday, May 23, and another will take place the morning of the Main Event before the first cards are dealt.
Here's a look at the complete HPO Columbus schedule:
|1||Friday, May 16 (12 p.m.)||No Limit Hold'em (Flight A)*||$450|
|"||Saturday, May 17 (12 p.m.)||No Limit Hold'em (Flight B)*||$450|
|2||Sunday, May 18 (7 p.m.)||Nightly No-Limit||$125|
|3||Monday, May 19 (3 p.m.)||No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack*||$235|
|4||Monday, May 19 (7 p.m.)||Nightly No Limit||$125|
|5||Tuesday, May 20 (3 p.m.)||No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack*||$235|
|6||Tuesday, May 20 (7 p.m.)||Nightly No Limit||$125|
|7||Wednesday, May 21 (3 p.m.)||No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack*||$235|
|8||Wednesday, May 21 (7 p.m.)||Nightly No Limit||$125|
|9||Thursday, May 22 (3 p.m.)||No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack*||$235|
|10||Thursday, May 22 (7 p.m.)||Nightly No Limit||$125|
|11||Friday, May 23 (5 p.m.)||Turbo Satellite to Main Event||$235|
|12||Friday, May 24 (12 p.m.)||Mega Satellite to Main Event||$235|
|13||Friday, May 25 (7 p.m.)||Turbo Satellite to Main Event||$235|
|14||Saturday, May 24 (10 a.m.)||Turbo Satellite to Main Event||$235|
|15||Saturday, May 24 (12 p.m.)||HPO Regional Main Event ($100K Guaranteed)*||$1,800|
|16||Sunday, May 25 (2 p.m.)||No Limit Hold'em Deep Stack ($20K Guaranteed)||$235|
*Qualifies for HPO Leader Board
For more information on the HPO series in Columbus, including the blind structures for each event, head over to the HPO website.