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WSOP Releases Season 12 Circuit Schedule; Global Casino Championship Introduced

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The World Series of Poker Circuit, which is entering Season 12, has some major changes in store, including a shift to a global scale. Now, instead of a season-ending National Championship, the event will become the Global Casino Championship. What's more, in addition to those who qualify, all Season 12 WSOP Circuit ring winners will be invited to participate.

The WSOP released the Season 12 schedule on Thursday, and on it are an estimated 25 stops – 19 domestic and six abroad – with buy-ins ranging from $365 to $1,675 (equivalent price range internationally).

“We know not everyone can make it out to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, and this is our way of bringing the flavor and feel of the WSOP to regional markets,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “The WSOP Circuit continues to be a great success, both at getting new players to the game and creating tomorrow’s stars and we’re excited to kick off the twelfth season August 6.”

All of the regular U.S. stops – such as Foxwoods, Choctaw Durant, Palm Beach Kennel Club, etc. – are still on the schedule, while a new stop, Bally’s Las Vegas, has been added to the domestic leg of the tour from February 25 to March 7. Meanwhile, a slew of international events has been included on the schedule and will count in the season-long race to get to the televised Global Casino Championship, which will offer a WSOP gold bracelet and a minimum $1,000,000 prize pool

As in years past, the winner of each $1,675 Main Event will earn a spot finale, as will each "Casino Champion," those players who have earned the most rankings points at a given stop. Approximately 50 players will earn their in via one of those routes, while 50 additional players expected to qualify based on points earned throughout their play on the circuit.

For the first time, any winner of an official “ring event” who doesn’t otherwise qualify for entry due to an automatic invite or standings in the ranking events will be invited to buy-in to the WSOP Global Casino Championship for $10,000.

Each Main Event of Season 12 will be played as reentry, with a morning and evening flight available to players at most of the stops. New this year, players will be afforded the opportunity to reenter once per flight. So, if they are eliminated, they may reenter that flight. This allows as many as four total entries — two entries per flight.

Here's a look at what's in store for Season 12 of the WSOP Circuit:

2015-16 WSOP Circuit Domestic Tour Schedule

Stop #DatesTournamentLocationMain Event Date
1August 6-17, 2015Foxwoods Resort CasinoConnecticutAugust 15-17
2August 20-31, 2015Horseshoe BaltimoreMarylandAugust 28-30
3September 17-28, 2015Palm Beach Kennel ClubFloridaSeptember 26-28
4October 1-12, 2015Horseshoe Southern IndianaIndianaOctober 9-12
5October 15-26, 2015Horseshoe HammondChicagoOctober 23-26
6October 29 – Nov. 9, 2015Harveys Lake TahoeNevadaNovember 6-9
7November 12-23, 2015Planet HollywoodLas Vegas StripNovember 20-23
8Nov. 26 - December 7, 2015Harrah’s CherokeeNorth CarolinaDecember 4-7
9December 3-14, 2015The Bicycle CasinoLos AngelesDecember 12-14
10January 7-18, 2016Choctaw DurantDallas/OklahomaJanuary 15-18
11January 21 – Feb. 1, 2016Horseshoe TunicaMississippiJan. 29-Feb. 1
12February 4-15, 2016Palm Beach Kennel ClubFloridaFebruary 12-15
13February 25 – March 7, 2016Bally’sLas VegasMarch 4-7
14March 15-26, 2016Harrah’s Atlantic CityNew JerseyMarch 24-26
15March 19-30, 2016The Bicycle CasinoLos AngelesMarch 27-30
16March 24 – April 4, 2016Horseshoe BaltimoreBaltimoreApril 2-4
17March 31 – April 11, 2016Horseshoe Council BluffsOmaha/IowaApril 8-11
18April 14-25, 2016Harrah’s CherokeeNorth CarolinaApril 22-25
19May 12-23, 2016Harrah’s New OrleansLouisianaMay 20-23
FinaleTBDWSOP Global Casino ChampionshipTBD 

Like the domestic circuit, the International track will feature two qualifiers per stop for the WSOP Global Casino Championship.

2015-16 WSOP Circuit International Tour Schedule

Stop #DatesTournamentLocation
1September 16-30, 2015Casino de CampioneCampione, Italy
3November 1-8, 2015King’s CasinoRozvadov, Czech Republic
4TBA, 2016Jubilee CasinoMonterrey, Mexico
5March, 2016TBATBA

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