How to play in the Seminole Hard Rock 2021 Tampa Poker Classic

Geoff Fisk
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Posted on: February 17, 2021 3:00 pm EST

Live series plays out from Feb. 17 through March 1 at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

Florida’s status as the biggest live poker hub on the U.S. East Coast is bolstered by another big tournament festival in February.

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa hosts its latest major tournament series throughout the rest of the month. The Tampa Poker Classic runs Feb. 17-March 1.

The festival offers eight trophy events, as well as satellite tournaments with opportunities to qualify for several of the primary events.

The series guaranteed more than $500,000 overall, with each tournament winner going home with a Tampa Poker Classic trophy to go along with the prize money. The series culminates in a $1,700 buy-in, $300,000 guaranteed Main Event, which takes place Feb. 27-March 1.

Here’s an overview of how to register and play in the Tampa Poker Classic:

Seminole Hard Rock 2021 Tampa Poker Classic: Notable events

TournamentDatesDay 1 flightsGuaranteed Prize Pool
Event #2: No-Limit Hold’em $150,000 GuaranteedFeb. 17-21Feb. 17 (Day 1A), Feb. 18 (Day 1B), Feb. 19 (Day 1C), Feb. 20 (Day 1D)$150,000
Event #7: $1,700 Tampa Main EventFeb. 25-March 1Feb. 25 (Day 1A), Feb. 26 (Day 1B), Feb. 27 (Day 1C)$500,000
Check out the entire Tampa Poker Classic schedule at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker blog.

Registering for Tampa Poker Classic events

The 2021 Tampa Poker Classic takes place in the poker room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida. The 46-table poker room stands as one of the most popular live poker venues in the state of Florida.

The Tampa Poker Classic continues a tradition of major tournament festivals emanating from the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker room.

Registration for all tournaments is available on-site at the poker room. Look for the cashier’s cage when you arrive at the venue, or check out the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker blog for more information.

The eight trophy events in the series run at buy-ins from $150 up to $1,700 for the Main Event. Satellites to Events #2, #5, #6, and the Main Event also run throughout the series.

The first Main Event satellite runs Wednesday, Feb. 24 at a $250 buy-in. That tournament marks the first of seven satellite qualifiers to the $1,700 Main Event, the last of which runs Saturday, Feb. 27.

The Main Event itself featured three opening day flights (Feb. 25-27), with surviving players from those flights coming back for Day 2 on Sunday, Feb. 28. If needed, the Main Event will extend play until Monday, March 1.


The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a AAA Four-Diamond rated resort, so staying there and enjoying a short walk to the poker room is probably your best bet if you’re traveling to Tampa for the series.

The resort offers special rates for tournament players, but the dates around and during the Main Event could already be sold out.

Several other hotels are situated within a couple of miles of the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa. Some of those options include the Red Roof Inn Tampa Fairgrounds, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa, La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tampa, and Comfort Suites at Fairgrounds.

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