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Season 3 of Hollywood Poker Open Continues Feb. 26 in Tunica

Chris Moneymaker

Season 3 of the Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) continues this week in Tunica, Mississippi. The Hollywood Poker Open Tunica will host a dozen “featured events” from Feb. 26 through March 8, culminating with the two-day $1,115 HPO Regional Main Event on Saturday, March 7 at 12:00 p.m. local time. PokerNews will be on hand to bring you all the action from that event in our Live Reporting Section.

"Tunica has been a staple on the tournament poker circuit for many years, generating big fields and large prize pools. Couple that with the momentum gained thanks to the largest Hollywood Poker Open Regional to date in Toledo, and this is a highly-anticipated event," said PokerNews Editor in Chief Donnie Peters. "PokerNews is extremely excited to witness the growth of the HPO as it continues to provide players with what they want from a poker series."

Located just 35 miles south of Memphis, Tenn., 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."

Last year, the HPO Tunica saw Toby Mathews top both Jonathan Taylor (runner-up) and Chris 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 Moneymaker, the 2003 World Series of Poker champ and HPO ambassador is expected to be in action.

The third stop of the season comes on the heels of two very successful events. Late last year, 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 month Charles Maxcy took down the HPO Toledo after a six-way deal.

Obviously, the HPO is looking to keep the ball rolling in Tunica.

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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