New Schedule Released for 2016-2017 WSOP Circuit

The World Series of Poker Circuit is a popular option for both poker pros and amateurs. Players love traveling to different states across the US as well as internationally to take part in unique poker tournaments. Each tournament offers something different, with a new location, varying formats and buy-ins. The WSOP recently announced the new schedule for the 13th season of the WSOP Circuit which will include 22 stops domestically as well as six international circuit stops. The WSOP also plans on adding eight more stops to the schedule for even more game play.

Ty Stewart, the Executive Director of the WSOP, commented on the new schedule via a press release by stating:

“We are excited to be adding a couple new stops to the domestic tour this year, expanding the international tour and continuing to refine each stop to make them bigger and better. We want to continue to provide the opportunity for everyone to take a shot at becoming a World Series of Poker champion.”

The new season will begin on the 4th of August with the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino hosting the event. Based in North Carolina, players will be able to compete for several days with events spread out across the US and internationally until late next year.

Full Schedule of Events:

Series Dates Location
August 4-16, 2016 Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
August 18-29, 2016 Foxwoods Resorts (Connecticut)
August 25 – September 5, 2016 Planet Hollywood (Las Vegas Strip)
September 8-19, 2016 IP (Biloxi, Mississippi)
September 29 – October 10, 2016 Horseshoe S. Indiana (Louisville)
October 13-24, 2016 Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago)
October 27 – November 7, 2016 Harveys Lake Tahoe (Nevada)
November 10-21, 2016 Palm Beach Kennel Club (Florida)
November 24 – December 5, 2016 Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
December 1-12, 2016 The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles)
January 5-16, 2017 Choctaw Durant (Dallas/Oklahoma)
January 19-30, 2017 Horseshoe Tunica (Mississippi)
February 2-13, 2017 Potawatomi (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
February 9-20, 2017 Palm Beach Kennel Club (Florida)
February 23 – March 6, 2017 Bally’s Las Vegas
March 4-15, 2017 The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles)
March 9-20, 2017 Harrah’s Atlantic City (New Jersey)
March 16-27, 2017 Hard Rock (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
March 30 – April 10, 2017 Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Omaha/Iowa)
April 13-24, 2017 Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
April 27 – May 8, 2017 Horseshoe Baltimore (Maryland)
May 11-22, 2017 Harrah’s New Orleans (Louisiana)
TBD WSOP Global Casino Championship
September 8-20 CASINO CAMPIONE Campione, Italy
September 29 – October 9 SPIELBANK BERLIN, Berlin, Germany
October 27 – November 14 KING’S CASINO, Rozvadov, Czech Republic
November 3-16 SONESTA MAHO BEACH RESORT & CASINO, St Maarten, Caribbean
November 11-27 CERCLE CLICHY MONTMARTRE, Paris, France
December 2-11 ENJOY CONRAD PUNTA DEL ESTE, Punta del Este, Uruguay


World Series of Poker Extends Circuit Events Internationally

For years the World Series of Poker has provided an extensive array of poker tournament options from the ever-popular World Series of Poker in Nevada to the traveling circuit events. The brand recently announced the Circuit events will be traveling abroad with three new countries in the mix. The first of these new tournaments is scheduled to begin on the 7th of March.

The new stops of the series will kick off in Marrakesh and based on the statements of Ty Stewart, the Executive Director of the WSOP, it is time the WSOP emphasizes the term ‘World’ as being a more aggressive partner with top casino operators.

The brand already offers the WSOP Europe option, which provides the opportunity to earn full WSOP bracelets. The WSOP Circuit events do not reward rings but bracelets. With the Circuit events, there are 20 places around the US that play host to such events. Buy-ins are lower than the Las Vegas events so players are able to compete more than they would at the one WSOP stop in Nevada.

The Circuit will now visit Italy and Morocco with an event expected for Mexico in the near future. The new international tournaments will see a winner heading to the 2016 WSOP International Casino Championship which will be a $1 million freeroll event. Besides the top $1 million prize, the winner will also receive a WSOP bracelet.

For the Italy event, the Casino of Campione d’Italia will be hosting and should make for an interesting stop on the Circuit. The WSOP has created an agreement as well in Monterrey Mexico with the Jubilee Casino to host events in the future. This deal actually involves creating a poker room branded after the WSOP and if built, would be the first of its kind outside the United States.

Poker Pro Reportedly Tries to Steal Gaming Chips

It has only been a few weeks since the Borgata counterfeit chip incident in the state of New Jersey and now another chip incident has taken place. The World Series of Poker Jess Welman is reporting that a poker player was seen trying to remove chips from game play.

The incident supposedly took place at the World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club which is located in the state of Florida. Welman reported the incident at the WSOP blog stating that after Event #9 finished up, a player was seen trying to take gaming chips from a set that was used during the event. The event was the $1,125 No Limit Hold’em and the player is now under investigation.

It has been reported that the player involved in the incident is Chan Pelton, a three time WSOP Circuit winner. Pelton finished in first during the event but now the prize money and the gold ring has been frozen until the incident is further investigated.

According to reports, Pelton tried to take a T25,000 chip but was seen by employees of the casino. The player said he only wanted the chip as a souvenir of the event but many believe that he was going to use the chip for the Main Event, which had a buy-in of $1,675.  A forum has already started at TwoPlusTwo discussing the incident.

Welman stated on the blog that the Casino Champion standings will not be updated until the investigation is complete. The finishing places of this event have a bearing on the final point standings of the competition. The final winner will be announced once the chip incident has been resolved.  Because Pelton won Event #9 and Event #2, it was believed that he would be the winner of the championship and the WSOP wants to make sure the win is fair.