Florida Million Poker Tournament Drawing Record Crowds

The Florida Million could live up to it's namesake if Day One events keep filling up as they are now.

The Florida Million Poker Tournament is touting itself as the biggest poker event in state history. With just over one week of play in the books, it appears that it may even exceed the expectations of the event organizers.

One of the locations where preliminary rounds are being held is the Big Easy Poker Room at Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida. It is the only poker room in Broward, or Miami-Dade Counties that is hosting the tournament.

“The first Florida Million ‘Day One’ event at The Big Easy Poker Room was an incredible success,” said Wil Herrera, Director of Poker Operations at Mardi Gras Casino’s Big Easy Poker Room. “It was the first sold out field for any ‘Day One’ event in the entire state and 15 players advanced to ‘Day Two’ at Derby Lane.”

“Unfortunately,” Herrera continued, “we had to turn away a few players on March 7th, but many pre-registered for the March 14th event. Response was so overwhelming that we have added a third ‘Day One’ event on Sunday, March 21st.”

The casino and its poker room were thrilled with the turnout, and are looking forward to the next three Sunday’s of action.

Players will be competing for their share of a guaranteed $500,000 prize pool. Through five Day One’s so far the average has been over $50k per day, and with 19 Day One events scheduled so far, the prize fund could reach the tournament’s namesake.

The first step for players to see any of that money, however, is making it through Day One play.

The tournament is set up for the top ten percent of the field to advance from all Day One events. With a maximum of 150 players per event, that means 15 players could move on to play in the Day Two event. These players will be considered, “In The Money.”

The entry fee for the Florida Million event is $500+$50.

Players in Florida have been waiting for these type of big events, and now six poker rooms have provided a showcase for some of the top local talent.

“With the laws the way they are in Florida, it has been hard to have these type of big money tournaments in the past,” said Michael Raymond, who has been playing cards at South Florida’s Seminole casinos for several years, “Now that there are more card rooms in the state, it is great to see them partnering up to bring us big events.”

Tournament players will start with 15,000 units, and blinds will move every forty minutes. Play will continue until the top ten percent of the field is reached. If the top ten percent is not reached in the first day, players will come back the following day and continue to play until ten percent of the field is left.

Any players that do not make it to the top ten percent on their first try are allowed to enter another Day One event at any location.

Players advancing out of all the Day Ones will reconvene on April 10th at the host location, which this year is the Derby Lane Poker Room in St. Petersburg.

The other locations for the Florida Million Poker Tournament are the Orange Park Kennel Club/St. John’s Greyhound Park in Jacksonville, the Palm Beach Kennel Club, Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track, and the Daytona Beach Kennel Club.

Anyone interested in signing up to play in the Florida Million Poker Tournament can contact the location nearest you at the numbers listed below. For up to date poker tournament schedules click on the poker room links below.

Orange Park Kennel Club/St. John’s Greyhound Park – 904-646-0002
Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track – 239-992-2411
Derby Lane Poker Room – 727-812-3339
Palm Beach Kennel Club – 561-683-2222
Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room – 386-252-6484
The Big Easy Poker Room at Mardi Gras Casino – 954-457-4229

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