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Mass. lottery to hold huge simulated poker tournament at TD Garden

The Massachusetts State Lottery will hold a huge simulated poker tournament in the TD Garden in April that will end up with people winning $15 million in prizes.

In the Hold ’Em Poker Tournament, slated for the evening of April 6, 560 players and their guests will go to the Garden.

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The elaborate event, which officials said has not been tried by any other state, will be the grand finale of one of the Lottery’s instant ticket games.

Two cards will be preassigned to each player, officials said. Three more cards, which all the players will share, will be drawn in each of three rounds.

Whoever has the best hand advances to the next round. Sixty-four people will win in the first elimination round, 12 of them will advance in the second, and four of them in the third.

Lottery officials said there will be no skill involved. Spokeswoman Beth Bresnahan said the Lottery has designed the drawing so there will be a set number of winners.

The 560 have already won a $2,000 prize; the 64 who advance in the first round get $10,000; the 12 who advance in the second round win $50,000. In the final round, three people will win $1 million and one will win $10 million.

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