The five-day tournament will also feature several amateur events, including the Women’s Amateur 9-Ball event on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and the Men’s Amateur 9-Ball event on Friday, Sept. 30, each with a $5,000 added guarantee with play beginning at 10 a.m.; and four events exclusively open to members of The Seminole Tribe of Florida – 8-Ball events for men and women on Saturday, Oct. 1, and 9-Ball events for men and women on Sunday, Oct. 2, with play for all events beginning at 9 a.m.
With a $100,000 prize fund, The Tornado Open offers the biggest payout of any billiard tournament in the United States in 2016. Competitors, to be announced, will hail from around the globe, traveling from Korea, the Philippines, Europe and Austria, among other countries. In addition, all five days of the tournament will be livestreamed at www.thetornadoopen.com.
For over 15 years, Villarreal has been voted by the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) as the most exciting male or female player to watch in the billiard industry. From 1993 to 1998, she was ranked by WPBA as the No. 1 billiard player in the world. She holds more than 19 industry titles, including Player of the Year by Pool & Billiard Magazine, National Champion by the WPBA and ESPN World Champion. In 2015, she was inducted into the WPBA.
The 2016 Tornado Open at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is the second billiards tournament that Villarreal has produced, following The Tornado Open she presented in San Antonio, Texas, in September 2015.
Doors open at Hard Rock Live at 8 a.m. on Sept. 28. To register, purchase tickets or view a full schedule of events, visit www.thetornadoopen.com.
About Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Live, a spectacular state-of-the-art facility, further expands the ultimate entertainment experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This 5,500-seat indoor arena has attracted more than 3 million people since its opening in 2005 and has regularly hosted South Florida’s greatest variety of musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and Carlos Santana; top comedians including Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Kathy Griffinand George Lopez; as well as major sporting events and events of major sports stars, from UFC matches to charity galas for Jason Taylor, Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and more. For additional information, please visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com or www.myhrl.com.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach, features a AAA Four Diamond resort with 469 luxury rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, and premium meeting and convention space. As South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Seminole Hard Rock hosts top-name acts at its 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena and offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The resort also features contemporary and casual eateries, including Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour, diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 163 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.
For more information, call 800-937-0010, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, or follow us on Facebook: @SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly
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