The last stop of the third season of the Hollywood Poker Open (HPO) will be at the Hollywood Casino at Columbus in Ohio. The end of the season will be marked by the $2,500 buy-in Championship Event, which is scheduled to be held at Las Vegas’ M Resort Casino Spa.
The Columbus leg of the HPO, an event that comprises 32 events, will be played from May 14 to May 25. Ten of these events will be featured events sanctioned by the HPO. Chris Moneymaker, who made headlines when he won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event back in 2003, will also take part in the regional main event, the cash games, and side events.
Donnie Peters, the editor-in-chief of PokerNews.com, said: “HPO Columbus is the last regional stop of the season. With a chance to qualify for the Championship Event in Las Vegas, a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool on the Regional Main Event, and the possibility of playing alongside 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker, what else could you ask for?”
The main event of the Columbus leg of the HPO will be reported live by PokerNews.com. Players can also make use of the MyStack App to post the latest updates regarding their chip counts and hands directly to the PokerNews.com Live Blog. Players can download this app for free at the Google Play Store as well as the App Store.
The winner of last year’s HPO Columbus Main Event was Joey Couden, who overcame a chip disadvantage of 7 – 1 and won an impressive prize of $60,827. The event had a field of 125 players, which turned out to be a record breaker for an HPO event. The prize pool generated was $202,754. That year, the Main Event had a buy-in of $1,800, which makes the main event of the third season quite affordable. With a buy-in of just $1,115, more players are expected to register for the event.
The third season of the HPO has turned out to be a roaring success. In November 2014, Jesse McEuen won $49,676 in HPO Lawrenceburg, and early in February, Charles Maxcy won $37,465 in the Toledo leg of the HPO. Donald McArthur won $17,100 in the Tunica leg of the HPO, Steven Gurney-Goldman won the HPO Grantville and took home a prize of $29,342, Linda Lieder won $48,440 in the HPO St. Louis, and Loukas Michael won $35,803 in the Charlestown leg of the HPO.