The World Poker Tour (WPT) has added a new event to its 2012 calendar called the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Showdown. The event will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida from February 11 to February 14, 2012.
This is the second edition of this event. The tournament was first held last April and drew more than four hundred participants with a prize pool of $4.1 million. Taylor von Kriegenbergh won this debut edition beating the other 422 players to clinch the $1.1 million prize.
The February edition which is a part of WPT’s Season X has a $3,500 buy-in. It also provides the option of a re-entry on Day 1B of the event. Although most of the big ticket events on the poker tournament circuit are televised live, the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Showdown will be covered via live streaming which will be broadcast on the WPT website. Celebrity blogger and host Tony Dunst will commentate. He might be joined in the commentary box by World Series Of Poker bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton. WPT’s very own Royal Flush girls will also be at hand to make players and guests feel welcome.
This is the fourth event to be held in Florida by WPT during their current tenth season. The previous event was the WPT Jacksonville held in November 2011. The Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Showdown will be closely followed by the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in April 2012 and then by the second edition of the WPT Jacksonville in April-May 2012.
This is a startling upswing in WPT’s association with Florida because until the highly popular first staging of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown last year WPT had never held an event in Florida.
The reason for WPT’s new found fondness for Florida is the state’s 2010 lifting of severe restrictions on live poker, including limits on buy-ins for cash games and tournaments. Since the easing of these regulations there has been a surge in the state’s popularity as a venue for poker tournaments. The World Series Of Poker Circuit also hosted a ten event tournament at the Palm Beach Kennel Club featuring a $1 million purse main event that attracted 742 players who each paid a $1,600 buy-in. Now there are several $1000 + buy-in tournaments across the state including in Miami and Palm Beach.