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(pokernews.com)- Over the past three seasons, Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) has experienced tremendous growth, which is due in no small part to bringing 2003 World Series of Poker champ Chris Moneymaker on as a tour ambassador. Moneymaker will return in that capacity for Season 4, which will kick off its first regional tournament November 12 at Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to host the Hollywood Poker Open tournament series,” said Moneymaker. “Each year the HPO continues to grow and further cements its reputation as one of the leading poker tournaments in the country.”
After the initial stop, the tour will hold four other regional stops across the country through May before heading to the M Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Tournament Championship in June 2016.
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“Interest in the HPO continues to grow as it becomes more and more competitive and exciting,” said HPO Tournament DirectorBill Bruce. “As we have in the first three seasons of the HPO, our regional tournament series will determine hundreds of winners that will compete in the Tournament Championship in Las Vegas. The HPO tournament series attracts all levels of poker players with fields featuring a diverse mix of traveling poker professionals and local promotion winners. The HPO offers our regional gaming patrons a tremendous opportunity to compete for large prize pools and the chance to be crowned the ultimate champion.”
This past June, Keven Stammen outplayed nearly 700 other players to capture the Season 3 Championship title and a $347,052 first-place prize. Interestingly, the HPO finale has tripled the guaranteed prize each year since the inaugural 2012 season. What’s more, Season 4 is expected to be the biggest and the best with an estimated prize pool of over $2 million.
Other winners from Season 3 included Daniel Swartz (HPO Columbus – $70,560), Loukas Michael(HPO Charles Town – $35,803), Linda Lieder (HPO St. Louis – $48,440), Steven Gurney-Goldman(HPO Grantville – $29,342), Donald McArthur (HPO Tunica – $17,100), and Charles Maxcy (HPO Toledo – $37,465).
HPO Season 4 Regional Schedule
|November 12–22, 2015||Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg||Indiana|
|February 25 – March 6, 2016||Hollywood Casino Toledo||Ohio|
|March 10–20, 2016||Hollywood Casino St. Louis||Missouri|
|April 28 – May 8, 2016||Hollywood Casino Columbus||Ohio|
|May 12–22, 2016||Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races||West Virginia|
|June, 2016||Hollywood Poker Open Season 4 Tournament Championship at M Resort Spa Casino||Nevada|
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