Hollywood Casino Aurora, Joliet debut ‘Hollywood Poker Opens’

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Only one can be the first. Who will win the inaugural Hollywood Poker Open in Las Vegas? Don’t miss your chance to qualify at Hollywood Casino Aurora or Joliet. | SUPPLIED PHOTO

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The stage is set and players in and around Chicagoland are ready to take the lead role in the newest poker blockbuster: the world premiere of the $500,000 Hollywood Poker Open.

Players can qualify at several Hollywood Casinos, including right here at Hollywood Casino Aurora and Hollywood Casino Joliet. If you win here, you’ll be off to the Championship Event at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas, June 28-30.

The four-star resort owned and operated by Penn National Gaming will turn into the epicenter of all-in, no-limit poker excitement as only one poker superstar will stake claim as the first-ever Hollywood Poker Open champion.

“Poker players in the Midwest have come to know the Hollywood brand and its reputation for hosting some of the hottest poker action in the industry,” said Gaye Gullo, Penn National Corporate Vice President of Marketing. “The inaugural Hollywood Poker Open is a great way for our players to match strategy and wits.”

Your ticket to Vegas is waiting at Chicagoland’s favorite spots for the best live tournament poker.

At Hollywood Casino Aurora, the HPO Qualifying Event is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. The 10 top finishers will win a seat and a prize package valued at $4,000 for the Championship Event in Las Vegas. Total prize pool for the May 26 Qualifying Event is estimated at $120,000. To play in the Aurora Qualifying Event, you can buy-in every Sunday for $120, or clock a minimum of 20 live poker hours every Sunday through Friday now through May 17.

The Poker Room in Aurora offers action seven days a week beginning at 9:30 a.m. Texas Hold’em is the featured game, with limit games starting at $5/$10 and no-limit games starting at $1/$2.

The biggest and baddest payouts in Aurora come from the Bad Beat Progressive Jackpot, which can deliver hundreds of thousands of dollars to the “lucky” player who gets beat with a hand of Four 5’s or better. As recently as late February, the jackpot had grown to more than $170,000!

The new menu in the Poker Room, complete with sandwiches, energy bars, and more, makes for a comfortable experience any day of the week.

At Hollywood Casino Joliet, players can earn a spot at the Qualifying Event simply by staying in the center of all the action. The 60 players with the most clocked hours now through May 23 will get a seat at the Qualifying Event in Aurora.

Like at Hollywood Casino Aurora, the Poker Room in Joliet is filled with excitement each and every day. Starting at 10 a.m., players can find the game of their choice, as well as a Bad Beat Progressive Jackpot that keeps on growing until someone is beat with Four 5’s or better.

Poker isn’t the only action scene at Hollywood. At each Chicagoland casino, players will find a wide selection world-class slots — including hot new titles and popular favorites in various denominations — and live action table games like blackjack, craps, pai gow, roulette and more.

Take the stage

If you’re looking for a different kind of action, you’ll find that, too. Live music and ultra lounge electricity fill the air and give players an always entertaining alternative.

Chicagoland’s newest entertainment venue is Center Stage at Hollywood Casino Aurora. This unique spot is a true Hollywood original, located on the casino floor, right in the middle of all the action. So whether you’re playing your favorite slots, doubling down at blackjack, or cheering a winning roll at the craps table, you’ll never miss a single beat of the music.

Center Stage features a great lineup of local bands every Friday and Saturday. In addition, this is where Hollywood Casino announces the winners of all its great giveaways, literally putting the luckiest players on Center Stage.

The night is right

Hollywood Casino Joliet turns up the nighttime heat with the all-new Rêve Nightclub & Ultra Lounge. This stunning, dream-like setting is where you can live the fantasy and make it your own reality.

Rêve attracts the area’s hottest DJ’s who play only the best electronic and house music. It’s one unbelievable night after another, and it’s exclusively at Rêve.

To make any visit to Hollywood complete, be sure to save room for a delicious meal or two. In Aurora, the dining options include Fairbanks Steakhouse, the Epic Buffet, and Take Two Deli. Joliet offers the Final Cut Steakhouse as well as the Epic Buffet, plus Hollywood Stadium, Chicagoland’s most exciting sports bar, well-equipped for every big game with an enormous 80-by 20-foot screen and over 40 flat-screens TVs and even personal TVs in many of the booths.

Poker, nightlife, the best casino action, and award-winning restaurants. You’ll find it all at Hollywood Casino Aurora and Hollywood Casino Joliet. Stop in today and find out why there’s no place like Hollywood.

For more information about Hollywood Casino Aurora, visit www.hollywoodcasinoaurora.com or call (630) 801-1234. Location is 1 W. New York St., Aurora. For more information about Hollywood Casino Joliet, visit www.hollywoodcasinojoliet.com or call (888) 436-7737. Location is at 777 Hollywood Blvd., Joliet.

— Provided by Hollywood Casino