Chris Moneymaker, former World Series of Poker (WSOP) champion, will be the Hollywood Poker Open’s (HPO) new ambassador, owing to which he will take part in a wide range of regional poker tournaments that will begin in November. He has already confirmed his appearance at eight tournaments.
The HPO will stop at Mississippi, Indiana, and Ohio, and Moneymaker’s deal with it will allow him to take part in every event without having to travel far away from Collierville in Tennessee, where he resides. He also said that he decided to act as the HPO’s brand ambassador as he already has experience taking part in HPO tournaments.
Moneymaker said: “Every event this past season seemed to grow and I thought it was really cool that you started to see some of the same people showing up at different stops. This tells me the world is getting out that these structures are really player-friendly and the vig is lower than their competitors. It was an easy decision when they asked me to come back and represent them for Season 3.”
The third HPO season will begin on November 13 and end at Lawrenceburg in Indiana on November 23. The next stop will begin at Hollywood Casino, located at Toledo in Ohio, next year. It will begin on February 5 and end on February 16.
The HPO’s next stop would be at a Hollywood property at Tunica in Mississippi, around 35 miles to the south of Memphis in Tennessee. HPO Tunica will begin on February 26 and end on March 8. The final stop, the Grantville leg of the HPO, will be held from March 26 to April 5.
The HPO will stop at the Hollywood Casino at St. Louis in Missouri from April 16 to April 26, at the Hollywood Casino at Charlestown Races in West Virginia from April 30 to May 10, and at the Hollywood Casino at Columbus in Ohio from May 14 to May 24.
Poker players who take part in the main events of each stop will be rewarded with points and given the opportunity to play with Chris Moneymaker. The winner will be rewarded with a free seat to the $500k Guaranteed HPO Championship, which will be held at the M Resort in June 2015. Last year, the prize pool became as large as $1.5 million, and several poker players are of the opinion that the prize will get even bigger this year.