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2017 Chicago Poker Classic Registration Now Open at Horseshoe Casino

Guinness World Record Set at Horseshoe Hammond

Horseshoe Hammond’s 9th annual Chicago Poker Classic starts Thursday, March 2 and runs through Monday, March 13. The CPC kicks off with a $360 No-Limit Hold’em tournament that drew in 2,160 players last year, creating a prize pool close to $700,000. 1st place winner Jeffrey G. from Chicago, IL walked away with over $100,000. Similar turnouts are expected this year.

Over the 12 day period, over 45 different poker tournaments will be held. At last year’s CPC over $3 million was paid out. The last weekend will finish up with the $2,000 main event.

Last year the main event prize pool was over $1.3 million with the top three participants winning over six figures. First place winner William L. from Lombard, IL walked away with over $250,000. During the 2017, CPC, over $300,000 will be added to the pool, including nine $10,000 World Series Of Poker Main Event Seats, with the main event being held in Las Vegas this summer.

“We’re most definitely excited about the 9th annual Chicago Poker Classic this year and, when you can issue $3 million in 12 days, it’s going to be a great event,” said Horseshoe Hammond Poker Manager, Mike Soto.

“The Chicago market is such a big poker market and, initially, we decided to bring in the Chicago Poker Classic because of the demand,” added Soto. “We have players who come from all over to play this event.”

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World Record Set for Most Accurate Card Throwing
A Guinness World Record has been set at Horseshoe Hammond. Horseshoe’s very own Poker Dealer Johnny Herring successfully landed 62 playing cards inside a target in 60 seconds. Johnny officially holds the Guinness World record for the most accurate card throwing in one minute. The record was officially certified by Guinness on June 26, 2016.

“In celebration of Horseshoe Hammond’s 20th anniversary, we felt it would be fitting to mark the occasion by attempting a world record”, said Shannon McKellar, Vice President of Marketing. “As an organization, our mission is ‘to inspire grown-ups to play’ and have fun at our casino and entertainment venue. Having our employees and guests participate in an attempt to set a world record embraces a competitive spirit that's all part of having fun. After hundreds of attempts by numerous would-be record holders, Johnny came through and set the record. We all had a lot of fun with the attempts and we couldn’t be more proud”.

When asked how he prepared to attempt the record, Johnny said, “Simply coming to work every day was all the preparation needed. Pitching cards and entertaining my guests is what I do every day. It’s pretty cool that doing what I love resulted in setting a world record!”

The $500 million Horseshoe Casino, a Caesars Entertainment Corporation property, just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago is the premier entertainment and gambling destination in Chicagoland. Where legendary gaming lives on, Horseshoe boasts more than 2,800 slot machines, over 100 table games, one of the largest poker rooms in the Midwest. The Venue at Horseshoe Casino is proud to be the ultimate concert and entertainment destination in the Chicago-land area. Dining elegance is not overlooked and guests can choose from a variety of dining options including; Jack Binion's Steakhouse which overlooks Lake Michigan, around-the-globe variety at the Village Square Buffet, or hand-crafted variety at The Eatery. For more information, please visit: Must be 21 years or older to gamble or attend events at The Venue. Know When To Stop Before You Start® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9WITH-IT © 2016 Caesars License Company, LLC.

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