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Florida casinos to debut around-the-clock poker

29 June 2010

HOLLYWOOD, Florida -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Starting July 1, a Seminole Casino near you will offer exclusive Las Vegas-style high stakes, no-limit, around-the-clock poker play thanks to the recent actions by the Florida Legislature and Seminole Tribal Council.

The new "all in, all the time" action, only at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos in Hollywood and Tampa, as well Seminole Casinos in Coconut Creek, Hollywood, Brighton and Immokalee, removes the $100 maximum buy-in for no-limit poker and eliminates the $5 maximum bet per round in limit games. Poker tournament buy-in limits will also be removed, as a $1,000 limit had previously been imposed.

Another week of World Series of Poker events and another week of cashes for the ranks of Team PokerStars Pro. Chief among them this week was Bill Chen, a Friend of PokerStars, who finished runner-up in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, collecting $203,802. Chad Brown also reached the final table, finishing in eighth, while Katja Thater cashed as well.

Others had good weeks, with two cashes each for Barry Greenstein (12th in the Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better), Victor Ramdin and Veronica Dabul. And PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo managed three money finishes, including 18th place in Event 39, a No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.

Elsewhere, Sandra Naujoks and Noah Boeken cashed in the Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship in 15th and 21st place respectively, while Humberto Brenes came within a table of the final in the No-Limit Hold'em slugfest that was Event 42, an event that also included a cash for Arnaud Mattern.

Alex Gomes reached the money of the Mixed Hold'em event, as did Richard Toth in the No-Limit Shootout event and Thomas Bichon in Event 45, finishing just short of the final table in 11th.

Finally, Event 40 featured a surge of Team Pros in pursuit of a Seven Card Stud bracelet. Italian Dario Minieri finished top among a group of elite cash finishers in 19th, a group that also included Joe Hachem (22nd), Daniel Negreanu (29th) and Greg Raymer (37th).

Just a week of tournaments remain until the Main Event kicks off on Monday 5 July 2010.

PokerStars has consistently been one of the catalysts for the huge fields now common in the Big One, a $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em marathon that will make one player World Champion and a multi-millionaire.

PokerStars players were present before Chris Moneymaker famously won the event in 2003 but it was the public interest in the Tennessee accountant that boosted numbers dramatically year on year, with thousands of players winning packages online at PokerStars.

This year is no different. With the main event less than a week away more than 1,000 PokerStars players and qualifiers are preparing for their annual adventure to Nevada, using the Palms Hotel as their base. Most will leave with only a story to take back home, but for one tournament player – maybe a PokerStars one – their world is about to change.

You can follow all the action from the tournament floor on the PokerStars blog once the main event begins. In the meantime, catch up on the pre-main event action with the PokerStars blog's daily diary at:

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