The final Hollywood Poker Open Regional Championship of Season 2 kicks off on Saturday at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, OH, and the $1,800 buy-in flagship tournament concludes an exciting 16-event series that kicked off on Friday.
The winner of the $100,000 guaranteed tournament will not only receive the cash and the trophy, but also 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 Regional Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker in three-handed play.
Three satellites will run on Friday, May 23, for the Main Event, and another will take place the morning of the Main Event before the first cards are dealt.
Satish Reddy defeated Nick Guagenti in the $50,000 guarantee kickoff event, earning $30,818. Guagenti earned $18,699 for his efforts, and the 331-player field more than doubled the guarantee, generating a total prize pool of $128,428.
For more information on the HPO series in Columbus, including the blind structures for each event, head over to the HPO website.