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Seminole Hard Rock Casino hosts charity poker tournament

22 September 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- On Tuesday, 3 October 2017, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood will host a Charity Poker Tournament benefiting Feeding South Florida and its hurricane relief efforts. In partnership with PokerStars, the tournament will raise much needed funds following the recent devastation, and help those affected by Hurricane Irma and other recent storms.

The charity event kicks off with an exclusive player party and silent auction at 6 p.m. prior to the tournament's start time at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a chance to win more than $50,000 in cash payouts and prizes, including a $20,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event Package, as well as more than $15,000 in tournament entries to various Seminole Hard Rock Poker events. Other tournament prizes and auction items include vacation and hotel packages, signed memorabilia and cash totaling more than $10,000.

A $300 buy-in donation reserves a seat for poker and entry to the pre-tournament reception. Players can purchase re-entries back into the tournament if they are eliminated in the first two hours of play. Registration will take place the night of the event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

PokerStars, which is the flagship brand of The Stars Group Inc. and is the world's most licensed online gaming brand, will match the tournament donation total up to $100,000 to further assist the relief efforts.

Confirmed to participate in the charity tournament are Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier, Jeff Gross and Jennifer Shahade. Mercier is himself a South Florida local.

"We're proud to partner with Feeding South Florida and PokerStars to be part of this hurricane relief initiative," says Susan Renneisen, vice president of community affairs and special events at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. "It's upsetting to see the damage that so many families have endured during this storm season. We encourage everyone in the community to help however they can. Every bit helps, and we are glad to be able to do our part."

"The devastation created by Hurricane Irma across Southern Florida has impacted so many lives, and PokerStars are proud to support the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in their fundraising tournament in aid of Feeding South Florida," says Sue Hammett, Head of Corporate Giving at The Stars Group. "We all witnessed the impact and destruction which swept across the Caribbean and Southern Florida, and we hope our support of this event will help with the recovery process for those who have been affected. We encourage as many people as possible to attend this event, which will be attended by PokerStars ambassadors Jason Mercier, Jen Shahade and Jeff Gross, as well as members of our Hollywood office who themselves were directly affected by Irma. Through our corporate giving program Helping Hands, we are matching the funds raised on the night dollar for dollar up to $100,000. Together, with Seminole Hard Rock, we’re proud to make a difference."

Funds raised from the tournament will go directly to Feeding South Florida's distribution efforts, ensuring water, meals and other non-food supplies are getting to those most in need of assistance. Feeding South Florida serves 25% of the state's food insecure population, from Key West, north to Jupiter. Families struggling to make ends meet are in need more than ever as some lost everything, including their homes, cars and food. While continuing to support evacuees in shelters, Feeding South Florida also supports cities with boil water alerts, families struggling to put food on the table and nearly 400 non-profit partner agencies.

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