ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – In what will be the last major tournament of 2010, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City is proud to host the WSOP Circuit Eastern Regional Championship which begins on Sunday, December 19th at 11:00 AM.

The second of four, nationally-televised regional championship events, the $10,000 buy-in, No Limit Hold’em tournament will showcase poker’s top brass as they compete for their share of what will be a generous prize pool, a seat into the $1 million dollar Circuit National Championship and the diamond-encrusted WSOP Circuit Regional Championship gold ring.

Extensive coverage of the event will air on VERSUS network in 2011.

The four-day tournament’s structure is one of the most optimized in poker, with 30,000 starting chips and 60-minute levels through the first day beginning with 25/50 blinds. 75 minute levels will be played through the remaining three days.

Players can late buy into the event through the end of the fifth level.

The first Regional Championship was held in October at Horseshoe Hammond, which attracted 226 players, generating a total prize pool of $2.1 million. The event attracted a roster of poker’s top pros, including Barry Greenstein, Gavin Smith, Chad Brown, Vanessa Selbst and 2010 WSOP Player of the Year, Frank Kassela, among others.

However, it was Jim Anderson, a former bartender from Wooster, OH, who took down the $525,449 first place prize.

PokerNews will provide live updates of the Eastern Regional Championship, which will conclude Wednesday, December 22.

Even in this post-UIGEA landscape, 2010 has been quite a stellar year for poker, in particular, for the richest gaming event on the planet, the World Series of Poker.

Larger than expected numbers during the 2010 WSOP and a revamped format for the WSOP Circuit Tour, has resulted in record-breaking attendance and all signs point to that continuing.

This year’s WSOP Circuit Event at Harrah’s Resort has been a success so far, drawing 1,250 players for its opening day event, a record for the Circuit stop. Throughout the series, steady numbers have continued to pour into the ballroom at Harrah’s, the venue for the WSOP Circuit Events.

For more information about the WSOP Circuit National Championship, click here.

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for information about the 2010/2011 WSOP Circuit points system.

Harrah’s AC is offering special room rates for WSOP participants with Sunday -Thursday rates starting at $49 and Fri/Sat rates from $99. A special $79 rate will be available Friday and Saturday December 17-18. Click here or call (800) 645-6774 to book your reservation. Mention promo code WSOP1.



The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world awarding millions of dollars in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport's top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker's longest running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2010, the event attracted 72,966 entrants from 117 different countries to the Rio in Las Vegas and awarded over $187 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent in 2007 of the World Series of Poker Europe. The WSOP Circuit Tour is entering its seventh season in 2010-11, and will feature 12 stops throughout the U.S., plus for the first ever, a stop in South Africa. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit



In the Atlantic City marina district, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City offers an environment like none other. Guests enjoy an all-inclusive resort experience including accommodations in one of five hotel towers anchored by the 44 story Waterfront Tower, an open-concept casino floor, fine dining options including McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood, the city’s only Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and galleria shopping at the Waterfront Shops. Harrah’s Resort is also home to The Pool – a domed tropical paradise that creates an endless summer with myriad pools, cabanas, bars, 40 foot palm trees and nightly entertainment activities. Harrah’s Resort is located at 777 Harrah’s Boulevard in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For more information, call 1-800-441-5000 or visit  




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                          Katie Dougherty, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, (609)343-2649 or

                          Jerry Eisenband, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, (609) 343-2463 or