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World Series of Poker® Announces Revamped WSOP Circuit Tour and Schedule

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The WSOP Circuit tour, now entering its seventh season, is about to become bigger and better than ever with: Television Coverage, Standardized Structures, Cumulative Points System and Super-Regionals are all part of the new WSOP Circuit Model.  Participants will compete for a shot at the WSOP National Championship including the $1,000,000 Las Vegas Tournament and WSOP Gold Bracelet.

The 2010 schedule will include at least 12 tour stops, with a handful of others expected to be announced in the months ahead.

This year’s format includes several notable improvements, including:

•    A cumulative rankings system throughout the season, awarding points for each official WSOP Circuit  “Ring” open event, with four different ways to automatically qualify. (Explained in separate document attached).  

•    A season-ending National Championship tournament for 100 players who automatically qualify via cumulative rankings or performance-based criteria.  (The televised National Championship tournament will be played at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas prior to the commencement of the WSOP and feature a $1,000,000 prize pool and award a WSOP Gold Bracelet). 

•    Four Regional WSOP Circuit Championships with a $10,000 buy-in event plus two-hours of national television coverage per stop.  

•    Standardized structures and pay-outs at all events; with the Main Event lowered to $1500 outside Regional Championships to encourage larger fields and more players attending multiple stops on the tour.

"We recognized the WSOP Circuit Events needed a shot in the arm, and we believe we’ve responded with steroids,” said WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart.  “The new model is exactly what the WSOP is all about, giving poker players of all bankrolls the chance for compete for the kind of fame, fortune and respect that comes only with a WSOP bracelet and a national television audience.“

The 2010-2011 WSOP Circuit tour begins on August 19, 2010 at Horseshoe Council Bluffs in Iowa and continues through May 22, 2011 at Harrah’s New Orleans.

The entire schedule is as follows:

WORLD SERIES OF POKER 2010-2011 CIRCUIT TOUR SCHEDULE

TOURNAMENT DATES
TOURNAMENT LOCATION
August 19 – August 31, 2010
Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Iowa)
October 2 – October 12, 2010 
Horseshoe Southern Indiana
October 15 – October 27, 2010 
Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago area)
October 26 – October 31, 2010
*Emerald Casino (South Africa)
October 28 – November 10, 2010 
IP Casino Resort & Spa (Biloxi, MS)
November 11 – November 23, 2010 
Harveys Lake Tahoe
December 4 – December 22, 2010
Harrah’s Atlantic City
January 27 – February 15, 2011
Harrah’s Tunica
March 2 – March 13, 2011 
Caesars Atlantic City
March 11 – March 30, 2011
Harrah’s Rincon (San Diego area)
March 31 – April 13, 2011 
Harrah’s St. Louis
April 14 – April 30, 2011
Caesars Palace
May 9 – May 22, 2011    
Harrah’s New Orleans

*Circuit Event in South Africa does not count towards point system tabulation or cumulative event award.

Bold indicates Super Regional, with an added event, the $10K nationally televised No Limit Hold’em tournament.

Circuit schedules are subject to change.  For more information on individual circuit events, including event schedules and structure sheets, can be found at each property website or by visiting www.WSOP.com

ABOUT THE WSOP
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world awarding millions of dollars in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport's top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker's longest running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970.  In 2010, the event attracted 72,966 entrants from 117 different countries to the Rio in Las Vegas and awarded over $187 million in prize money.  In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent in 2007 of the World Series of Poker Europe.  The WSOP Circuit Tour is entering its seventh season in 2010-11, and will feature 12 stops throughout the U.S., plus for the first ever, a stop in South Africa. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit www.WSOP.com.

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