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Season 3 of Hollywood Poker Open Continues in Tunica, MS from Feb. 26 - March 8

Hollywood Poker Open Tunica

Season 3 of the Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) has already crowned a pair of winners. First, the Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg Main Event attracted a record-setting HPO field of 207 players and saw Jesse McEuen emerge victorious to capture the $49,676 first-place prize, and then earlier this week Charles Maxcy took down the HPO Toledo after a six-way deal.

Next, the HPO will head south to Tunica, Mississippi for the Hollywood Poker Open Tunica from Feb. 26 through March 8. The stop will have a dozen “featured events” culminating in the $1,115 HPO Regional Main Event on Saturday, March 7 at 12:00 p.m. local time. In addition, the stop will feature numerous satellites and side events.

Located just 35 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee, Hollywood Casino Tunica offers award-winning service and 54,000 square feet of action-packed gaming, not to mention a 494-room luxury hotel and first-class restaurants. As they say: "you'll discover a new level of gaming and entertainment."

2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champ and HPO Ambassador Chris Moneymaker is scheduled to be in attendance, and of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture all the Main Event action in our live blog.

Last year, the HPO Tunica saw Toby Mathews top both Jonathan Taylor (runner-up) and Moneymaker (third place) to win the title, a $15,040 payday, and a $2,500 seat into the season-ending championship at the M Resort Casino Spa in Las Vegas.

Speaking of which, each stop in Season 3 includes a series of qualifiers for the season-ending event. 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."

Here's a look at the complete HPO Tunica schedule:

Thu2/26 - 3pm1NL Hold'em Deepstack
Thu2/26 - 7pm2No Limit ($2,000 Guarantee)
Fri2/27 - 12pm3NL Hold'em Deepstack
Fri2/27 - 5pm4Mega Satellite (Main Event Seat Guarantee)
Fri2/27 - 7pm5No Limit ($2,000 Guarantee)
Sat2/28 - 12pm6aNLH Deepstack Flight A
Sat2/28 - 5pm6bNLH Deepstack Flight B
Sat2/28 - 7pm7No Limit ($2,000 Guarantee)
Sun3/1 - 11am8Seniors No Limit (age 50 & older)
Sun3/1 - 12pm6Merge/Restart Event #6
Sun3/1 - 3pm9NL Hold'em Deepstack
Sun3/1 - 7pm10No Limit ($2,000 Guarantee)
Mon3/2 - 12pm11Satellite (Guaranteed Seat to Event #12)
Mon3/2 - 3pm12NL Hold'em Deepstack
Mon3/2 - 7pm13No Limit ($2,000 Guarantee)
Tue3/3 - 12pm14Satellite (Guaranteed Seat to Event #15)
Tue3/3 - 3pm15Pot Limit Omaha
Tue3/3 - 7pm16No Limit ($2,000 Guarantee)
Wed3/4 - 12pm17Satellite (Guaranteed Seat to Event #18)
Wed3/4 - 3pm18NL Hold'em Deepstack
Wed3/4 - 7pm19No Limit ($2,000 Guarantee)
Thu3/5 - 12pm20Satellite (Guaranteed Seat to Event #21)
Thu3/5 - 3pm21NL Hold'em Deepstack Flight A
Thu3/5 - 7pm22NL Hold'em Deepstack Flight B
Thu3/5 - 10pm23Turbo Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed)
Fri3/6 - 12pm-Merge/Restart Flights
Fri3/6 - 1pm24NL Hold'em Deepstack
Fri3/6 - 3pm25Mega Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed)
Fri3/6 - 5pm26Turbo Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed)
Fri3/6 - 7pm27Mega Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed)
Fri3/6 - 10pm28Turbo Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed)
Sat3/7 - 10am29Mega Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed)
Sat3/7 - 5pm31Ladies No Limit Hold'em
Sat3/7 - 7pm32No Limit ($2,000 Guarantee)
Sun3/8 - 11am33Seniors No Limit 2 (age 50 & older)
Sun3/8 - 12pm30Main Event Restart
Sun3/8 - 3pm34NL Hold'em Deepstack

For more on Season 3 of the Hollywood Poker Open, visit

*Lead photo courtesy of the HPO.

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