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WSOP announces 2017/2018 U.S. circuit schedule

17 May 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Fresh off winning the award for the best poker tour in the U.S., the World Series of Poker Circuit continues to flourish and grow, and has scheduled a record 26 tour stops for its fourteenth season, all linked by a points system tied to the WSOP gold-bracelet awarding, $1,000,000 prize pool Global Casino Championship.

The 2017-18 WSOP Circuit officially gets underway 2 August at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in western North Carolina and continues virtually non-stop until the season-culminating stop at Harrah's New Orleans Casino that begins 10 May 2018.

In addition to the U.S. domestic WSOP Circuit tour, the International WSOP Circuit is expected to grow as well, with a future announcement planned to detail the dozen-plus stops planned during the 2017-18 season.

There are three new stops on the domestic WSOP Circuit schedule this season – Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Northern California near the Sacramento area has two stops planned, one from 14-25 September 2017 and 11-22 January 2018. Seminole Gaming, with properties throughout Florida, has a stop scheduled at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood (21 September to 2 October 2017) and another at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (8-19 February 2018)

A popular tour destination is Choctaw Casino Resort in the Dallas/Oklahoma market. Choctaw has added a second stop this season, with events now planned for 2-13 November 2017 and 4-15 January 2018.

Harrah's Cherokee remains the only locale with three stops (2-16 August 2017, 23 November - 4 December 2017 and 12-23 April 2018).

Las Vegas has three scheduled stops, two at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip (9-20 November 2017 and 3-14 March 2018) and one at the home of the WSOP, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino from 15-26 February 2018.

WSOP Circuit stop stalwarts Foxwoods Resort Casino (17-28 August 2017), IP (7-18 September 2017), Horseshoe Casino - Southern Indiana (28 September – 9 October 2017), Horseshoe Casino - Hammond in the Chicago area (12-23 October 2017), Harvey's Lake Tahoe (26 October - 6 November 2017), Horseshoe Casino & Hotel - Tunica (18-29 January 2018), Harrah's Resort Atlantic City (8-19 March 2018), Horseshoe Casino - Council Bluffs (29 March - 9 April 2018), Horseshoe Casino - Baltimore (26 April - 7 May 2018) and Harrah's New Orleans Casino (10-21 May 2018) all return in similar timeslots as they've had previously.

Lastly, newly added stops from the thirteenth season, Potowatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa have re-upped in 2017-18. Potowatomi is scheduled from 1-12 February 2018, shortly followed by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Tulsa from 15-26 March 2018.

All stops will release their series' event schedules as they get closer and have received approval from their local regulatory body. What's known for sure is that every stop will offer a dozen official gold ring events, starting at the $365 buy-in level and, every stop will include a $1,675 Main Event.

The "12 Rings in 12 Days" remains, with most stops beginning on a Thursday and the four-day Main Event beginning on the second Friday, encompassing a total of 12 official WSOP gold ring events over 12 days, offering players non-stop poker action at the regional level. Each stop is encouraged to add Seniors and Ladies events, which will also award a ring but will not count in the Global Casino Championship standings.

Players can qualify for the 2017-18 Global Casino Championship several ways: (a.) win a Circuit Main Event at any domestic or international stop, (b.) win a "Casino Championship," which is defined as the player at each stop who accumulates the most points throughout the 12-event gold ring schedule at any domestic or international stop or (c.) be one of the top 50 cumulative point earners over the entire season who hasn’t otherwise qualified (Domestic tour only).

Each of these projected players will receive a free roll seat. Another way to enter the 2017-18 Global Casino Championship during the Circuit Season is to win any official ring event. Any ring winner who doesn't otherwise qualify for entry due to an automatic invite or cumulative standings will be eligible to buy-in to the WSOP Global Casino Championship for $10,000. Likewise, the top 100 ranked players from the previous year's WSOP Player of the Year may also buy in for $10,000 (the 2017 WSOP POY Standings, in this case). Every penny of all additional $10,000 buy-ins will be added to the $1 million the WSOP is putting into the prize pool.

"We are very proud of what the WSOP Circuit has become and how it has performed for our partner casinos who have come aboard," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "Players know they get a consistent structure and schedule at each stop, plus the opportunity to win big prizes as well as their seat into the million-dollar free-roll with a WSOP gold bracelet up for grabs."

WSOP Circuit Event stops feature standardized tournament structures and payouts, so players going from stop to stop will be treated in a consistent manner, barring any regulatory or local law differences.

Below is the current version of the domestic circuit schedule as confirmed as of the date of this announcement. Stops may be added, subtracted or adjusted both in time and duration. Please review WSOP.com for the latest news and information related to these events. Until actual event-by-event schedules are posted on the WSOP website, these events are not official. Each stop requires its own regulatory approval in its own jurisdiction, and the timing of all approvals is uncertain. The WSOP reserves the right at any time to make changes to any and all events related to the WSOP Circuit.

Circuit schedules are subject to change. Stops may be added or removed. For more information on individual circuit events, including event schedules and structure sheets, can be found at each property website or by visiting the WSOP website.
  • 2-14 August 2017 - Harrah's Cherokee (North Carolina)
  • 17-28 August 2017 - Foxwoods Resort Casino (Connecticut)
  • 7-18 September 2017 - IP Casino (Mississippi)
  • 14-25 September 2017 - Thunder Valley Casino (California)
  • 21 September - 2 October 2017 - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood (Florida)
  • 28 September - 9 October 2017 - Horseshoe South Indiana
  • 12-23 October 2017 - Horseshoe Hammond (Illinois)
  • 26 October - 6 November 2017 - Harvey's Lake Tahoe (Nevada)
  • 2-13 November 2017 - Choctaw Durant (Oklahoma)
  • 9-20 November 2017 - Planet Hollwood Resort & Casino (Nevada)
  • 23 November - 4 December 2017 - Harrah's Cherokee (North Carolina)
  • 1-12 December 2017 - TBA
  • 4-15 January 2018 - Choctaw Durant (Oklahoma)
  • 11-22 January 2018 - Thunder Valley Casino (California)
  • 18-29 January 2018 - Horseshoe Tunica (Mississippi)
  • 1-12 February 2018 - Potawatomi (Wisconsin)
  • 8-19 February 2018 - Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (Florida)
  • 15-26 February 2018 - Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (Nevada)
  • 3-14 March 2018 - TBA
  • 8-19 March 2018 - Harrah's Atlantic City (New Jersey)
  • 15-26 March 2018 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa (Oklahoma)
  • 22 March - 2 April 2018 - Planet Hollywood (Nevada)
  • 29 March - 9 April 2018 - Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Iowa)
  • 12-23 April 2018 - Harrah's Cherokee (North Carolina)
  • 26 April - 7 May 2018 - Horseshoe Baltimore (Maryland)
  • 10-21 May 2018 - Harrah's New Orleans (Louisiana)
  • TBD - $1 million+ Global Casino Championship

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