The third season of the Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) is just weeks away, and this time around poker players will have even more chances to compete in one of the up-and-coming tours in the U.S.
The Season 3 of the HPO schedule features eight stops, including a new one at the Hollywood Casino Toledo from Feb. 5-16. Each stop will include a Main Event as well as qualifiers for the season-ending championship at the M Resort Casino Spa in Las Vegas. Last season, the HPO sent more than 200 promotional winners to the Championship Event. HPO Tournament Director Bill Bruce says the plan is the same in Season 3.
"We plan to not only give away hundreds of seats to the Championship again, but we will also implement similar seat winner promotions to the Regional tournament series as well," said Bruce, who has served as the HPO director since the tour's inception. "These HPO tournament fields are such a great mix of traveling poker professionals and local promotion winners which makes the tournaments really attractive to all levels of poker players."
The first HPO stop of the season will take place from Nov. 13-23 at the Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg in Indiana. Here's a look at the complete schedule:
|Nov. 13-23, 2014||Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, Indiana|
|Feb. 5-16, 2015||Hollywood Casino Toledo, Ohio|
|Feb. 26-March 8, 2015||Hollywood Casino Tunica, Mississippi|
|March 26-April 5, 2015||Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Grantville, PA|
|April 16-26, 2015||Hollywood Casino St. Louis, Missouri|
|April 30 - May 10, 2015||Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, West Virginia|
|May 14-24, 2015||Hollywood Casino Columbus, Ohio|
|June (TBD)||Championship Event — M Resort Casino Spa, Las Vegas|
2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Chris Moneymaker will return as tour ambassador in Season 3, making regular appearances at events throughout the year. Moneymaker was able to claim victory at one of the stops in Season 2, winning the Hollywood Poker Open St. Louis Regional Championship for $22,395.
Others who captured HPO titles in Season 2 were Toby Mathews (HPO Tunica - $15,040), Bradley Yazici (HPO Grantville - $22,752), Brian Cavaliere (HPO Charles Town - $39,756), and Joey Couden (HPO Columbus - $60,827).
For more on Season 3 of the Hollywood Poker Open, visit HollywoodPokerOpen.com.