The schedule for the 11th season of the World Series of Poker Circuit has been announced. On Tuesday, June 24, the WSOP released the dates and locations for the 21 stops on the 2014-2015 tour, which will kick off on July 31 at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida.
Plenty of favorites return to the schedule this time around, including Horseshoe Hammond, Choctaw Durant, The Bicycle Casino, Harrah’s Cherokee, and Harrah’s New Orleans. Some of the locations will even be visited more than once, as is the case with Palm Beach Kennel Club and Harrah’s Cherokee.
As for new venues, Horseshoe Baltimore, Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and Harrah’s Ak-Chin in Arizona have all been added to the upcoming season's schedule, which will continue with the popular "12 Rings in 12 Days" motto.
Each stop will feature a $1,675 Main Event to end the series, and there will be at least one per month starting in August and running through May 2015. Each main event will be played with reentry format, and the winner will receive entry into the season-ending WSOP Circuit National Championship.
Speaking of the National Championship, the date and location for the event have yet to be named, but once again a $1 million prize pool will be guaranteed along with ESPN televising the contest.
The tour will utilize a points system award the top 100 qualifiers a chance to enter the National Championship at the end of the season. There will be 42 automatic qualifiers stemming from 21 main event winners and 21 casino champions, along with the 58 point earners. It was added that "six seats may be added in via online qualification mechanisms."
"With big fields, good value, and exciting stops, the action doesn’t stop all year long,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart in the press release. "We’re proud that many of the game's brightest stars are being developed on the WSOP Circuit, and that by number of entrants, it has become the clear No. 1 mid-stakes tour in the world."
2014-2015 WSOP Circuit Schedule
|Location||Dates||Main Event Dates|
|1||Palm Beach Kennel Club, Florida||July 31-August 11, 2014||August 9-11|
|2||Foxwoods Resorts, Connecticut||August 14-25, 2014||August 23-25|
|3||IP Biloxi, Mississippi||September 4-15, 2014||September 13-15|
|4||Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Indiana||October 2-13, 2014||October 11-13|
|5||Horseshoe Hammond, Illinois||October 17-28, 2014||October 26-28|
|6||Harveys Lake Tahoe, Nevada||October 30-November 10, 2014||November 8-10|
|7||Planet Hollywood, Nevada||November 13-24, 2014||November 22-24|
|8||Harrah’s Cherokee, North Carolina||November 28-December 9, 2014||December 7-9|
|9||Harrah’s California, California||December 4-15, 2014||December 13-15|
|10||Harrah’s Atlantic City, New Jersey||December 11-22, 2014||December 20-22|
|11||Choctaw Durant, Oklahoma||January 8-19, 2015||January 17-19|
|12||Horseshoe/Tunica Roadhouse, Mississippi||January 22-February 2, 2015||January 31-February 2|
|13||Palm Beach Kennel Club, Florida||February 5-16, 2015||February 14-16|
|14||Harrah’s Ak-Chin, Arizona||February 12-23, 2015||February 21-23|
|15||Lumière Place, Missouri||February 19-March 2, 2015||February 28-March 2|
|16||Horseshoe Baltimore, Maryland||February 26-March 9, 2015||March 7-9|
|17||The Bicycle Casino, California||March 7-18, 2015||March 16-18|
|18||Horseshoe Cincinnati, Ohio||March 19-30, 2015||March 27-30|
|19||Horseshoe Council Bluffs, Iowa||April 9-20, 2015||April 18-20|
|20||Harrah’s Cherokee, North Carolina||April 16-27, 2015||April 25-27|
|21||Harrah’s New Orleans, Louisiana||April 30-May 11, 2015||May 9-11|
|WSOP Circuit National Championship||--TBD--||--TBD--|
The WSOP Circuit's 10th season attracted 81,440 entries in the gold ring events, which set a new tour record. With new, popular venues added to the schedule for the upcoming season, and the doubling up at Palm Beach Kennel Club and Harrah’s Cherokee, one could expect a new record to be set once the 11th season has been completed.
For more information regarding the WSOP Circuit, please head to WSOP.com.