ST. LOUIS, MO., (March 31, 2011) – World Series of Poker action returns to the Gateway City when Harrah’s St. Louis hosts the WSOP Circuit Events March 31 – April 12.
The schedule offers 33 events, including ten official ring events and poker variations such as Omaha, H.O.R.S.E. and Hold’em are all on the docket at Harrah’s St. Louis.
This is the second year that Harrah’s St. Louis will play host to the WSOP Circuit Events. Last year’s tournament series at the casino resort was regarded as an overall success. Its opening event in 2010 drew 675 players and is the largest poker tournament ever held in the state of Missouri.
Tournament organizers are looking to break that record and have focused their efforts to ensure that Harrah’s St. Louis’ sophomore year as host to the WSOP Circuit will be better than the last. An improved tournament floor layout and the implementation of this Circuit season’s highly regarded standardized structures are just some of the enhancements for this year’s series.
“We’ve had a whole year to work on improving the series here and Harrah’s St. Louis has been very receptive to our ideas on how to present an even better product to the players in 2011,” said WSOPC tournament director Bill Bruce of Poker Tournament Consultants.
“We are very much looking forward to being a part of what is sure to be a top-notch poker tournament series in St. Louis.”
The thirteen-day series of tournaments will conclude with the $1,600 buy-in no-limit hold’em Main Event that begins Sunday April 10th.
Last year’s champion, St. Louis attorney Jeff Roper, outlasted 128 opponents to take home first place prize, worth $625,650* and the diamond-encrusted championship gold ring.
Also scheduled for this year’s Circuit Stop at Harrah’s are the $235 buy-in NLH seniors event which takes place Sunday, April 3 and the $125 buy-in NLH ladies event which will be held on Saturday, April 9.
In addition to first place prize money, the winner of the ladies event takes home the diamond and gold WSOP Circuit ladies pendant. The reining ladies event champion is Felicia Johnico, a blackjack dealer from Sherman, TX.
WSOP Circuit leader board points will be distributed to players based on their performance in St. Louis with the winner of the Main Event earning an automatic entry to the $1 million WSOPC National Championship to be held May 27-29 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
A second National Championship entry will be awarded to the player earning the most points through the ten ring events at Harrah’s St. Louis.
For more information about the WSOP Circuit National Championship, click here.
Click here for information about the 2010/2011 WSOP Circuit points system.
Click here to see the full schedule of events their structures.
Rooms are still available at Harrah’s St. Louis. Click here to book your reservation.
The Holiday Inn Express Riverport, located minutes away from Harrah’s (314) 298-3400 is offering special World Series of Poker rates.
*Last year’s Main Event buy-in was $5,000.
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