From humble beginnings, the many poker tournament series at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida have grown into some of the most popular in the country. Now, coming off the heels of hosting a successful World Series of Poker Circuit stop for the very first time, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is set to host the latest incarnation of its Seminole Hard Rock Poker Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open. In fact, this year’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open will run from Nov. 15 to 29, 2017. The schedule now includes 17 tournaments over 15 days.
The Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open $2 Million Guaranteed Championship
The highlight of the tournament schedule is the $3,500 buy-in $2 Million Guaranteed Championship. The final table of the event will be featured on an upcoming Poker Night in America broadcast on CBS Sports Network as part of Poker Night in America’s “The Final Table.” Plus, all the action will live streamed on the Poker Night in America Twitch channel.
The 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open drew 760 entries creating a $2,432,000 prize pool and covering its $2,000,000 guarantee going away. Minnesota’s Patrick Mahoney won the title and $564,227 first-place prize. He defeated a final table that included two-time WSOP bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva. De Silva finished third for $200,640.
The first ever Seminole Hard Rock Poker Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open was held in November 2011. Its $2,500 Championship Event drew just 331 entries, creating a $761,300 prize pool. Farhan Madhani won it for $172,408. The South Florida local beat a final table that included professionals Harrison Gimbel and Allen Kessler.
The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $2.5 million overlay
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino truly put themselves on the US tournament series map hosting the $10 million guaranteed $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open championship event in 2013. The event drew 2,384 entries creating an $11,920,000 prize pool. Blair Hinkle won the event for $1,745,245.
However, the very next year, the $10 million guaranteed $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open championship event drew just 1,499 entries. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino stepped up and covered a $2.5 million overlay. Daniel Colman won the event for $1,446,710.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has been a major player in the US live tournament scene ever since. The 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open championship saw several changes. This included dropping the guarantee to $5 million.
The largest poker tournament in Florida history
This year’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open schedule will begin with the $360 buy-in Ultimate Re-Entry. The event comes with a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. It will feature eight starting flights beginning Nov. 15. Players can earn a $2,500 Multi-Stack Payout each time they bag a stack beyond their first. Those who bag more than one stack will carry the largest one forward to Day 2. Last year’s opening event drew more than 5,000 entries, making it the largest poker tournament in Florida history.
Other Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open schedule highlights include:
- $570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) $250,000 Guaranteed, Monday, Nov. 20 – Wednesday, Nov. 22
- $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed, Sunday, Nov. 26 – Monday, Nov. 27
- $5,000 NLH (Re-Entry) $200,000 Guaranteed, Monday, Nov. 27
Click through to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open website for a look at the full Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open schedule.