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Hollywood Poker Open Festival in Grantville, Pennsylvania Less Than a Week Away

HPO Grantvile

Want to win your way into the Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) season-ending Championship Event at M Resort Casino Spa in Las Vegas? If so, one of the best ways to do so is through promotional seats at each Regional stop. Fortunately, the next one is right around the corner from March 26 through April 5 at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pennsylvania.

The latest HPO Regional stop, which will features 32 events — 11 of which are HPO-sanctioned "featured" events — will be giving away plenty of the aforementioned seats. According to HPO Tournament Director Bill Bruce, this was always a part of the plan for 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 tournament 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."

What else is in store for the HPO Grantville? For starters, 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champ and HPO ambassador Chris Moneymaker will be in attendance. In addition, the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to capture all the Regional Main Event action in our live blog.

"PokerNews is excited to be continuing its partnership with the Hollywood Poker Open into the upcoming season, and we will once again be providing live coverage from each of the Regional and Championship Main Events," PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters previously said. "We are looking forward to helping the tour grow and highly recommend all poker players add some HPO stops to their tournament schedule."

In Season 2, the HPO Grantville, which at the time was an $1,800 buy-in, attracted 37 players and saw Bradley Yazici take down the title for $22,752. Sine then the HPO has gained a lot of momentum, so with a more affordable buy-in, this year's field is bound to be even bigger.

As for Season 3, three stops are already in the books. Last November, Jesse McEuen took down the HPO Lawrenceburg for $49,676, and in early February Charles Maxcy took down the HPO Toledo for $37,465 after a chop. Most recently, Donald McArthur won the HPO Tunica for $17,100.

Here's a look at the complete HPO Grantville schedule (HPO Featured Events denoted w/ *):

*Thu3/26 - 3:15pm1 - NL Hold'em Deepstack$235
Thu3/26 - 7:15pm2 - No Limit$125
*Fri3/27 - 12:15pm3 - NL Hold'em Bounty - Green Chip$125
*Fri3/27 - 5:15pm4a - NLH Deepstack Flight A$300
Fri3/27 - 7:15pm5 - No Limit$125
*Sat3/28 - 12:15pm4b - NLH Deepstack Flight B$300
*Sat3/28 - 5:15pm4c - NLH Deepstack Flight C$300
Sat3/28 - 7:15pm6 - No Limit$125
Sun3/29 - 11:15am7 - Seniors No Limit$235
Sun3/29 - 12pmMerge/Restart Event #4-
*Sun3/29 - 3:15pm8 - NL Hold'em Deepstack$300
Sun3/29 - 7:15pm9 - No Limit Bounty - Green Chip$125
Mon3/30 - 12:15pm10 - Satellite (Guaranteed Seat to Event #11)$70
*Mon3/30 - 3:15pm11 - NL Hold'em Deepstack$235
Mon3/30 - 7:15pm12 - No Limit$125
Tue3/31 - 12:15pm13- Satellite (Guaranteed Seat to Event #14)$70
*Tue3/31 - 3:15pm14 - Pot Limit Omaha$235
Tue3/31 - 7:15pm15 - No Limit$125
Wed4/1 - 12:15pm16 - Satellite (Guaranteed Seat to Event #17)$70
*Wed4/1 - 3:15pm17 - NL Hold'em Deepstack$235
Wed4/1 - 7:15pm18 - No Limit$125
Thu4/2 - 12:15pm19 - Satellite (Guaranteed Seat to Event #20)$70
*Thu4/2 - 3:15pm20a - NL Hold'em Deepstack Flight A$300
*Thu4/2 - 7:15pm20b - NL Hold'em Deepstack Flight B$300
Thu4/2 - 10:15pm21 - Turbo Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed)$125
Fri4/3 - 12pmMerge/Restart Event #20-
*Fri4/3 - 12:15pm22 - NL Hold'em Bounty - Black Chip$300
Fri4/3 - 3:15pm23 - Turbo Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed)$125
Fri4/3 - 5:15pm24 - Turbo Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed)$125
Fri4/3 - 7:15pm25 - Mega Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed)$235
Fri4/3 - 10:15pm26 - Turbo Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed)$125
Sat4/4 - 10:15am27 - Mega Satellite (Main Event Seat Guaranteed)$235
*Sat4/4 - 12:15pm28 - HPO REGIONAL MAIN EVENT$1,115
Sat4/4 - 5:15pm29 - Ladies No Limit Hold'em$235
Sat4/4 - 7:15pm30 - No Limit$125
Sun4/5 - 11am31 - Seniors No Limit 2$235
Sun4/5 - 12pmMain Event Restart-
*Sun4/5 - 3:15pm32 - NL Hold'em Deepstack$300

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