Inaugural Hollywood Poker Open

Next weekend marks the premiere of the Penn National Gaming Hollywood Poker Open Championship which will be held right here at the M Resort and guarantees a prize pool of $500,000. Participants have earned seats all over the country including Hollywood Casino Charles Town, West Virginia and Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, Indiana among many others. M Resort held a kick-off tournament this past January which drew a full house (no pun intended) and we’re expecting another big turnout June 28 – 30 for the championship.  We sat down with Salinda Conklin, Vice President of Casino Operations, and David Cox, Director of Table Games, to get the facts on this exciting inaugural tournament.

Q: How many players do you expect in the tournament?

A: We’re anticipating 400 plus players.

Q: Are there any qualifications for this tournament?

A: No qualifications, players are able to buy their seats or they can win a seat like at our Super Satellite Saturday tournaments. The last tournament is this Saturday starting at 1pm with a $125 buy-in.

Q: Can players enter at the last minute? If so, what’s the buy-in?

A: Absolutely! Cards are in the air at 11:15am on Friday, June 28. Buy-in is $2,500.

Q: When can players register for the tournament?

A: Pre-registration begins at 3pm on Thursday, June 27 until 9pm. We’ll reopen the registration desk at 8am on Friday morning before tournament play begins.

Q: How many chips does each player get with their entry fee?

A: 30,000 chips

Q: What kind of poker will be played in the tournament?

A: No Limit Hold ’em

Q: Is there a re-buy for players after they’re knocked out of the tournament?

A: Players can re-enter the tournament at $2,500 up until level six. After that, we’ll have side tournaments going with buy-ins starting at $100. These games will be going in the Milan Ballroom alongside the main event.

Q: How much do you think the winning pot will be?

A: First place will be a minimum of $120,000.

Q: Are you expecting any poker celebrities for this tournament?

A: Yes! William Kopp, Anthony Yeh, Douglas Farmer, and Charles Ambrogi are all expected to play.

Q: Are people able to watch the event?

A: Yes, spectators are allowed, but it will be standing room only (and must be age 21 or over.)

Q: Are there any special room rates available for players staying at our resort?

A: Yes, definitely! We have a special rate of $115 per night for our players. If guests email, we can get them set up. Also, we can answer any other questions through this email.

We’ll have live action going on upstairs in the M Poker Room for those needing a break from tournament action. Take advantage of the promos going on through July like $3 in comps for every one hour played and daily tournaments with $1,000 guaranteed, plus we have a special Vig Deli menu for our players! If you need full details about the Hollywood Poker Open, click here: and we’ll see you next weekend!