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M Resort to Host Qualifying Events for Inaugural Hollywood Poker Open

--$70,000 Guaranteed at Three Events, January 25-27--

WYOMISSING, PA. AND LAS VEGAS, NEV - December 19, 2012 - The Hollywood Poker Open (HPO), a new poker tournament launched by Penn National Gaming with qualifying events at five of its casinos throughout the United States, is coming to Las Vegas and the M Resort Spa Casino on January 25-27, 2013. Playing in the Las Vegas event is one of the many ways poker players can earn a seat in the $500,000 Guaranteed HPO Championship in June, which also include playing in other regional qualifying events or satellites around the country or paying the $2,500 buy-in.

The M Resort will host three HPO events with a combined guaranteed prize pool of $70,000, culminating with the $40,000 guaranteed No Limit Hold'em Main Event on January 27 ($335 buy-in; 45-minute blinds; 20,000 chips). The top two from the Main Event will be awarded a $2,500 seat for the $500,000 Guaranteed HPO Championship. The HPO Championship will also be held at the M Resort on June 28-30, 2013.

Day one at the M Resort (January 25) will feature a $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Event ($125 buy-in; 30-minute blinds; 10,000 chips). The top five will receive a seat in the $20,000 No Limit Hold'em Event on January 26 ($225 buy-in; 30-minute blinds; 12,000 chips). The top five from the January 26 event will win a seat to play in the Main Event on January 27.

All qualifying events at the M Resort begin at 2 p.m. In addition, two satellites for the $40,000 Main Event will be played on Jan. 25 and 26 beginning at 6 p.m. Buy-in for each satellite is $55.

The M Resort is located on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. The casino's 14-table Poker Room is on the casino floor near the Race & Sports Book.

For more information or to reserve at seat, call the M Resort at 702-797-1777 or visit the HPO website or social media sites:

Penn National will host three additional qualifying events for the $500,000 Guaranteed HPO Championship. The next event is March 21 – April 1, 2013 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W.V. near Washington, D.C. The final qualifiers will be held at Hollywood Casino St. Louis (MO) and Hollywood Casino Columbus (OH) later in the spring.

In addition to regional qualifying events, HPO satellites are being held at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino Tunica in Mississippi and Argosy Sioux City Casino in Iowa.

About M Resort
M Resort Spa Casino is located on over 90 acres at 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S. on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard. Situated higher in elevation than other resort-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, the M Resort provides optimal views of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline from its guest rooms, suites, conference center and restaurants. The resort offers 390 guest rooms and suites, over 92,000 square feet of gaming, seven restaurants and six destination bars, more than 92,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, a Forbes Travel Guide four star rated spa and fitness center and a 100,000 square foot events piazza. For more information, visit Find us on Facebook – M Resort Spa Casino. Follow @MResort Twitter. Read our M Point of View Blog. M Resort is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

About Penn National Gaming
Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The company presently operates twenty-nine facilities in nineteen jurisdictions, including Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National's operated facilities currently feature approximately 36,800 gaming machines, approximately 850 table games, 2,900 hotel rooms and approximately 1.6 million square feet of gaming floor space.



Brent Burkhardt
TBC Public Relations (For Hollywood Poker Open)