Bossier City, Louisiana (Monday, September 10) -- The World Series of Poker Circuit presented by Southern Comfort 100 is continuing this week, with the second tour stop of the 2012-2013 season. Following a successful beginning to the season last month in Mississippi, the nation’s premier poker series stays in the South a while longer, with a visit to Northern Louisiana.
This year, Horseshoe Bossier City will be hosting a dozen gold ring events. The 12-day tournament series begins on Thursday, September 13th. Events will conclude on Monday, September 24th, which is the final day of the Main Event Championship.
This marks the second consecutive year that the WSOP Circuit has visited Bossier City. Last year’s inaugural series opened what turned out to be a record-breaking season – measured by overall attendance and total prize money.
The 2011 WSOP Circuit at Horseshoe Bossier City was enormously successful. Turnout for all events combined averaged about 300 players per event – well above the expectations of tournament officials. A total of 3,545 entries turned out for the “12 gold rings in 12 days” campaign. The combined prize money awarded at last year’s Bossier City series was $1,703,525.
Last year’s Main Event winner at Horseshoe Bossier City was David Nicholson, from Perkinston, MS. He collected $148,000 in prize money, plus his first gold ring and a seat into the 2012 WSOP National Championship. The 475-player field included a large number of players who ultimately qualified for a seat in the WSOP National Championship, including the reigning Horseshoe Bossier City Casino Champ, Chris Gamboa. Moreover, several notable players attended and participated, including 1998 World Champion, Scotty Nguyen.
Horseshoe Bossier City comes three weeks after the conclusion of the WSOP Circuit season opener – which took place at the IP Casino and Spa, in Biloxi, MS. Attendance at the first stop was strong, which indicates another big turnout is likely coming to Bossier City.
This marks the ninth season of the WSOP Circuit – which will include 20 stops across North America. This is one of three stops being held in the Deep South. In addition to the opener which concluded in Biloxi as well as this stop in Bossier City, the current season will conclude next May with the WSOP National Championship presented by Southern Comfort 100 Proof to be played in New Orleans. Last year’s WSOP Circuit National Championship ended in Las Vegas with a memorable win from Ryan Eriquezzo, which aired on ESPN. This season’s championship race and conclusion should be just as thrilling.
Cards fly into the air in Bossier City on Thursday, with a $365 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event which will be played over two days. The action continues over two weekends, as 12 WSOP Circuit rings will be at stake. The casino and poker room will also play host to countless other daily tournaments, side events, and 24-hour cash game action.
The three-day Main Event Championship kicks off on Saturday, September 22nd. As in previous years, there will be two starting flights on Day One. Players eliminated from Day 1A of the $1,500 + $175 buy-in event have the option to buy back in during Day 1B. The complete schedule of events for Horseshoe Bossier City is available on WSOP.com's Circuit Home Page, as are the structure sheets for all gold ring events. This year, these same structures will be used at every gold ring event at each stop on the WSOP Circuit.
Horseshoe Bossier City is located adjacent to Shreveport, LA -- which offer convenient air connections. Shreveport is also within driving distance of several major cities, including Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, and Memphis.