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Recent Naples Transplant Wins Big At Seminole Casino Immokalee

Beat Poker Hall of Famer Scotty Nguyen for Seat in Seminole Hard Rock Open WPT Main Event

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (April 7, 2014) – Jason Bocchino of Medford, N.Y., received a lucky Southwest Florida welcome on Sunday after beating poker Hall of Famer Scotty Nguyen for a seat in the Seminole Hard Rock Open WPT Main Event.

The 35-year-old, who recently moved to Naples, is the President and CEO of Bocchino & Donato Corporation, an international business-to-business debt collection agency.

“I entered the competition for a chance to play Scotty,” he said.

Although Nguyen holds more than 47 first place finishes under his belt, he proved no match for Bocchino, who has won one major tournament in Las Vegas.

“It feels awesome to be the winner, and it felt great to play against a poker star,” he said. “I look forward to meeting my competition at the WPT Main Event.”

Bocchino won the Seminole Casino Immokalee Head’s Up NL Hold’ Em tournament held at Seminole Casino Immokalee on March 30. The tourney had a $550 buy-in and a $6,000 guaranteed prize pool, with a chance to play Nguyen for a $3,500 seat in the $5 million guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Open WPT Main Event.

The televised WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship kicks off Thursday, April 10 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and ends Wednesday, April 16.

The Championship’s $5 million guarantee is the largest ever for a $3,500 buy-in. Players may play any or all starting flights and choose their best stack. Re-entry will be allowed for six levels.

The Showdown series features no limit hold’em, bounty, pot limit Omaha, six-max and mixed events.

Live tournament coverage is available at www.SeminoleHardRockPokerOpen.com/showdown

About Seminole Casino Immokalee

Open 24/7, 365 days a year, Seminole Casino Immokalee is Southwest Florida’s premier gaming destination, with 1,200 slots, including Tarzan, Price is Right and the Big Wheel. The 75,000-square-foot plus casino offers 34 live tables games, including Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold ‘em Bonus Poker, Blackjack Switch and Spanish 21. Seminole Casino Immokalee participates in the Seminole Players Club Wild Card Rewards Program whereby players earn and redeem points at all Seminole Casinos in Florida. Dining options include 1st Street Deli, Southwest Florida’s only authentic New York-style delicatessen. This award-winning restaurant is open 24 hours. The EE-TO-LEET-KE (“The Camp”) Grill serves up its signature authentic Seminole fry bread and made-from-scratch favorites. The Zig Zag lounge, home of the Zig Zag Girlz, is “where the party never ends” with nightly live entertainment and no last call. TVs throughout the Zig Zag bar air sporting events and other entertainment. A 10,000-square-foot Event Pavilion seating up to 800 guests is for large entertainment events, such as concerts, weddings, banquets, company outings and privately-held dances. The casino has 1,800 parking spaces. Located at 506 South 1 Street in Immokalee, Seminole Casino Immokalee is easily accessible to all of Southwest Florida via I-75 and Southwest Florida International Airport is only a 45-minute drive from the casino. Located between Miami and Naples, north of Alligator Alley on Highway 846, it’s five blocks south of Highway 29. Approximately 30 minutes from Naples and Fort Myers, the casino is a 90-minute drive from Miami and Fort Lauderdale.  For more information, call toll-free (800) 218-0007 or visit www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com or www.facebook.com/seminoleimmokalee.