The World Series of Poker, the richest sporting event on the planet, kicks off its 2010-2011 Circuit Events season August 19th at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

Council Bluffs will host the first of 12 tour stops scheduled this season.
While February traditionally has been the month for the WSOP Circuit Events in the city, located just minutes away from Omaha, NE, weather and other considerations make the change to August the right fit for the Circuit stop.

“Having Council Bluffs as the season opener during this time of the year is definitely an improvement and is being received with a lot of enthusiasm,” said WSOPC tournament director Jimmy Sommerfeld.

In its seventh year, the 2010-2011 season marks a new era for the WSOP Circuit Events with a number of well-received improvements made to the 12-stop series of poker tournaments.

Among them are a standardized, 10-ring event schedule for each Circuit and a cumulative rankings system. Players may qualify through the ranking system for a nationally televised Circuit championship bracelet event with a $1 million prize pool to be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

“Unity for all the events is what the players have been wanting,” said Sommerfeld. “People will know what to expect when they get to each event.”

Other changes to this year’s WSOP Circuit include standardized structures and payouts at all events and four nationally televised regional WSOP Circuit Championships.

Click here for more information about the WSOP Circuit National Championship. Full details about the player rankings system can be found here.

In addition to the scheduled ring events, Horseshoe Council Bluffs will host $200 + (35) 4:00 pm daily non-ring tournaments to include Omaha, Omaha hi-low and H.O.R.S.E.

The Horseshoe Council Bluffs Championship event takes place August 29th.

Jovan Sudar, of Omaha, NE is the current reigning champion at Horseshoe Council Bluffs. The 27-year old, originally from the former country of Yugoslavia, collected $95,455 for his win.

This year’s winner of the Council Bluffs championship event will take home first place prize money, a coveted diamond-encrusted WSOP Circuit Event championship ring and an automatic entry to the $1 million Circuit championship bracelet event.

Horseshoe Council Bluffs is offering special WSOP room rates to players participating in the Circuit Events. Click here for more information.

Click here for the full schedule of the upcoming Circuit Event at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.