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Posted on 02/22/2013

World Poker Tour® Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Showdown Slated for April 1 – April 16


Series Caps Off with $5,000 Buy-in $2,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool Televised WPT® Main Event Starting April 11


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Poker's biggest guns will face-off in style when the WPT® Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Showdown returns to South Florida April 1 -16, 2013. This exceptional tournament series is regarded as a must-attend poker event and will be capped-off with the televised $5,000 buy-in WPT Main Event which carries a $2,000,000 guarantee for Season XI. 


Hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Showdown Main Event runs from April 11 – 16 with two Day 1s and the option of re-entry if a player busts on Day 1A. This event is expected to draw the world's top poker talent playing for the winner's share of a huge prize pool including entry into the $25,000 WPT World Championship at Bellagio and his/her name permanently etched onto the towering WPT Champions Cup.  Last year's WPT Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Showdown Champion, Tommy Vedes, took home a cash prize of more than $750,000.


Audience seating for the televised WPT Main Event final table is open to the public. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend the WPT final table taping, please arrive at Hard Rock Live by 3 p.m. on April 16. The entire six-day WPT Main Event is filmed for national broadcast on Fox Sports Net (FSN). Season XI of the World Poker Tour is sponsored by and airs Sundays at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time on FSN and FS Florida.


The 47-event series is open to anyone 18-years of age or older and will take place in the Ballrooms with the final table of the Main Event to be held in Hard Rock Live. The dynamic tournament schedule offers players a variety of buy-in levels and guaranteed prize pools. Additional festivities include a player appreciation party with WPT talent and more activities to be announced.


On-site registration for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Showdown Main Event is now open and will remain so until the start of Level 6 on Day 1B, April 12. (Registration fee is non-refundable.) To participate, players must obtain a free "Wild Card" at the Player's Club or in The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise.


The full schedule of events for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Showdown can be found on The Poker Room webpage. Follow The Poker Room on Twitter at @SHRThePokerRoom .


World Poker Tour and Seminole Hard Rock Casinos have a multi-year partnership that includes several WPT events and the development of official WPT Poker Rooms inside select Seminole Hard Rock Casinos. To register, book a hotel package or get more information on this event, please call 954-585-5111 or visit or