LAS VEGAS – October 14, 2010 – There is no bigger gaming competition globally than the high stakes action of World Series of Poker tournaments, and now, the World Series of Poker Circuit tour today announced that VERSUS will air several events beginning in June 2011, marking the first time the network will air poker tournament coverage. 

Poker Productions, the television production arm for World Series of Poker Europe, High Stakes Poker and the National Heads Up Championship, will produce all the WSOP Circuit action airing on VERSUS.

“This is a big milestone for the industry,” said WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart. “We’re thrilled that one of the premier all-sports networks has recognized the brand power of the WSOP and decided to take the plunge into broadcasting our poker games.”

“We are very excited to present coverage of the World Series of Poker Circuit tour to a national audience of more than 75 million U.S. homes,” said Jeff Goldberg, Vice President of Programming for VERSUS. “The WSOP tour is one of the most successful in the business and we knew it was a great opportunity for our first venture into poker tournament coverage.”

The telecasts will feature two hours of poker competition from select WSOP Circuit stops around the United States and culminate with the airing of the $1 million WSOP Circuit National Championship from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where the top 10 finishers will divvy up $1 million in prize money and the winner walks away with a coveted WSOP gold bracelet – the highest achievement in poker.

The WSOP Circuit tour, just starting its seventh season, is a series of individual poker tournaments featuring 13 different tour stops from mostly Harrah’s properties around the country. Buy-ins range from $200 to $10,000, and players amass points for each recorded in-the-money finish they have. Those garnering the most points or winning or placing at the final table of select events, automatically qualify for the WSOP Circuit National Championship to be held May 27-29, 2011 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas – just days before the start of the 42nd annual World Series of Poker.

The 2010-2011 WSOP Circuit tour began on August 19, 2010 at Horseshoe Council Bluffs in Iowa and continues through May 22, 2011 at Harrah’s New Orleans.  The first televised event will come from Horseshoe Hammond in Chicago which runs from October 15-27 and who's schedule can be found HERE.

The entire schedule follows. VERSUS’ schedule will be announced when information becomes available.    





August 19 – August 31, 2010

Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Iowa)

October 2 – October 12, 2010

Horseshoe Southern Indiana

October 15 – October 27, 2010

Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago area)

October 28 – November 10, 2010

IP Casino Resort & Spa (Biloxi, MS)

November 11 – November 23, 2010

Harveys Lake Tahoe

December 4 – December 22, 2010

Harrah’s Atlantic City

January 6-25, 2011

Choctow Durant (Oklahoma/Dallas)

January 27 – February 15, 2011

Harrah’s Tunica

March 2 – March 13, 2011

Caesars Atlantic City

March 11 – March 30, 2011

Harrah’s Rincon (San Diego area)

March 31 – April 13, 2011

Harrah’s St. Louis

April 14 – April 30, 2011

 Caesars Palace

May 9 – May 22, 2011

Harrah’s New Orleans

May 27-29, 2011

Caesars Palace (Las Vegas)

WSOP National Championship

Circuit schedules are subject to change. For more information on individual circuit events, including event schedules and structure sheets, can be found at each property website or by visiting HERE