Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Releases Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Schedule March 27 – April 16

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood has released its series schedule for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown tournament series running March 27 – April 16, 2014 with the Championship held April 10 – 16. The series will take place in the resort ballrooms with the televised Championship Final Table held at Hard Rock Live.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood)

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood logo. (PRNewsFoto/Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood)

The 21-day tournament series kicks-off on Thursday, March 27 at 11a.m. with a $1 million guaranteed Deep Stack No Limit Hold ’em tournament featuring a $560 buy-in.  The televised WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship event featuring a $5 million guarantee, the largest ever for a $3,500 buy-in, will startThursday, April 10 at noon through final table filming on Wednesday, April 16. Players may play any or all starting flights and choose their best stack. Re-entry will be allowed for three levels.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown’s $5 million guaranteed prize pool for the $3,500 buy-in Championship event is the first of its kind, providing the accessibility for players to come to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and compete in a high-profile televised tournament. First place for this event will win over $1 million,” said Ray Stefanelli, director of poker marketing for Seminole Gaming. “Our opening event – the $560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em – carries a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and provides great value for our players. Seminole Hard Rock Poker remains committed to providing all our players with an outstanding tournament experience,” he added.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood)

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown logo. (PRNewsFoto/Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood)

The $5 million guaranteed Championship will also have satellite events taking place at five Seminole Gaming properties – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Casino Brighton and Seminole Casino Immokalee.

On-site registration for all Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown events will begin in March. To participate in tournament events, players must obtain a free “Wild Card” at the Player’s Club or in The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock.

To review the entire schedule, please visit


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Diageo Announces Restoration Project at Louisville’s Historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery

Diageo announced that it plans to invest an initial $2 million to develop the Stitzel-Weller Visitor Center at Louisville’s legendary distillery.  The company will renovate the original administrative building to bring to life the history of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery through artifacts from the site’s archives; a whiskey education section; an homage to the people, land  and water of Kentucky; and a celebration of the heritage, brands and people behind Diageo’s award-winning collection of American whiskeys. The Visitor Center will showcase the Bulleit brand as well as Diageo’s evolving craft whiskey portfolio,

Sign outside Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.  (PRNewsFoto/Diageo)

Sign outside Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. (PRNewsFoto/Diageo)

including the just-launched Orphan Barrel whiskeys, Barterhouse and Old Blowhard.

Another of our state’s storied distilleries will get new life thanks to Diageo’s investment, which will attract even more bourbon fans to Kentucky,” said Governor Steve Beshear.  “We’re excited about this project and for the continued growth of Kentucky’s bourbon businesses.”

The Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Shively, opened on Derby Day in 1935. For four decades, it thrived and was known for making the finest bourbon in the world.   On June 30th, 1972, the company was sold. After a series of name and ownership changes, Stitzel-Weller is now owned by Diageo.  Though the site today is operational in that it stores and rests barrels of various whiskies, Stitzel-Weller has not been a functioning distillery since 1992. The company aims to begin the project immediately, and finish the first phase in time for the Kentucky Derby Day this May.  The company plans to complete the Visitor Center, welcome center and gift shop by this summer.

Diageo’s creation of a Visitor Center at Stitzel-Weller is exciting news for the city of Louisville, the state ofKentucky and Bourbon lovers around the world,” said Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville.  “It is another great step to enhancing the city’s Bourbon tourism efforts.”

We are excited to partner with Diageo on this exciting tourism opportunity that will bring to life the rich distilling history of Shively,” said Sherry Conner, Mayor of Shively, the suburb of Louisville, where Stitzel-Weller is located.

Over the last year, Diageo’s momentum in American Whiskey has accelerated with both flagship and new-to-world brands. Bulleit has captured the imagination of bartenders and consumers across the country.  According to the latest Impact Hot Brand rankings, Bulleit is America’s fastest growing Bourbon and number one Rye.

Recently, Diageo introduced the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company, an endeavor to rescue long forgotten barrels of rare and delicious whiskey and share them with discerning adult fans. The first two variants include the 20-year-old Barterhouse Whiskey and the 26-year-aged Old Blowhard Whiskey. Both brands are expected to begin appearing on select shelves throughout the U.S. in March 2014 under strict allocation due to limited supply.

Stitzel-Weller is one of the most significant and historic parts of Kentucky’s bourbon heritage and we are honored to be restoring it to share it with Louisville residents and visitors,” said Larry Schwartz, President, Diageo North America. “We are pleased to be investing in the community and this important site.  This is another step in our support of and leadership within the American craft whiskey movement and we hope that the Stitzel-Weller Visitor Center will soon be included on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.”


Bette Midler To Perform On The Oscars®

Two-time Oscar®-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award®-winning singer Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

Two-time Oscar®-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award®-winning singer Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

Two-time Oscar®-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award®-winning singer Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron.  “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”

Midler received Oscar nominations for Actress in a Leading Role for “For the Boys” and The Rose.” She has recorded 13 studio albums, the first of which, 1972’s “The Divine Miss M,” sold over a million copies and earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist. Midler has gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide and win two additional Grammys for the songs “The Rose” (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) and “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Record of the Year). She has been honored with three Emmy® Awards and a special Tony Award® in 1974 for her contribution to that year’s Broadway season. Her numerous starring film roles include “The First Wives Club,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and  “Ruthless People,” Last year Midler portrayed the late Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in the hit Broadway production, “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.