WSOP Brings Back Reside Circuit Events, Announces Schedule for 2021-22
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In another sign that the nation is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the WSOP Circuit announced a return to card rooms across the US, Canada, and the Caribbean, starting at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina on Thanksgiving.
So far, WSOP-C has 13 events planned for the 2021-22 season.
- Nov. 25 to Dec. 6 —  Harrah’s Cherokee
- Dec. four to 15 — Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles
- Dec. 9 to 19 — Hilton Aruba
- Jan. six to 17 — Choctaw Durant, Oklahoma
- Jan. 12 to 23 — Deerfoot Inn, Calgary
- Jan. 13 to 24 — Thunder Valley Casino, California
- Jan. 20 to 31 — Horseshoe Tunica
- Feb. three to 14 — Isle of Pompano, Florida
- March ten to 21 — Tough Rock Tulsa
- March 17 to 28 — Turning Stone, New York
- April 7 to 18 — Harrah’s Cherokee
- April 21 to May 2 — Horseshoe Tunica
- Might five – 16 — Harrah’s New Orleans
Players will be vying for far more than $two.five million in guarantees in 13 ring events at Cherokee. The WSOP is not providing players any breaks: the series begins two days right after the final WSOP occasion ends. Here’s the full schedule.
On the road once again
The WSOP restarted its live Circuit events right after a 16-month hiatus with a two-week, 13-occasion series at Harrah’s Cherokee in August. Calling it a “warm-up” to the WSOP now going on in Las Vegas, the $1,700 occasion attracted 1,139 players. Ben Boston took down the $500K guaranteed tourney for $287K.
“It’s been too long, so it is excellent to see the Circuit hitting the road once again,” said Ty Stewart, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, in a statement. “The WSOP-C is one particular of our most crucial initiatives, allowing regional players to encounter huge-time poker and offering grinders a platform to earn a living.”
The Circuit will continue employing the big blind ante format and tournament structures will be the exact same across all of the events to give traveling players consistency in between venues. Although most of the properties have hosted WSOP-C series in the previous, the Isle of Pompano, Deerfoot Inn, and Thunder Valley are new stops on the tour.
Giving one thing back to the players
Like most types of “in-person” entertainment, the live poker and casino sector was hammered flat by COVID-19 and the protocols required to attempt to stem the pandemic. In 2020, the WSOP was forced to cancel nine Circuit events in the US and 3 in Europe as a outcome of COVID.
To make up for the lost events, WSOP spread a dozen Circuit series across its on the web platforms in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Nevada. Ring winners of these events are invited to a $250K freeroll on Dec. 28.
Moving forward, the WSOP plans to schedule one online Circuit series a month in 2022.
The winners of these online events, and all of the other ring winners both from on-line and live Circuit events, will be invited to a $1 million freeroll Tournament of Champions that will be held sometime next summer. Ladies’ events and seniors’ events are getting added to most schedules, which are nevertheless becoming draw-up. The winners of these events will also qualify for the Tournament of Champions freeroll.
“We’re pumped up about the new ‘Tournament of Champions’ format exactly where all our winners will come collectively for one particular event. Just win and you’re in!” Stewart stated.
Maurice Hawkins is the king of the WSOP Circuit, which has been going on considering that 2005.  With 14 rings to his name, Hawkins, a Florida-primarily based pro who calls himself “The Hulk,” has amassed far more than $2 million in WSOP-C winnings. He won his most current ring in a $400 occasion at Choctaw in January 2020. He’s also cashed 3 occasions at this year’s WSOP in Las Vegas, generating one particular final table.