Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hosting Seventh Annual World Series of Poker Circuit
Las Vegas, NV (January 19, 2012) – For the seventh consecutive year, Caesars Palace Las Vegas will be hosting the widely-popular World Series of Poker Circuit, which is currently in the midst of its most successful season.
Caesars Palace is already home to many of the game’s most popular and exciting poker events – including the Caesars Classic, NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship, and last year’s inaugural WSOP Circuit National Championship. But over the next two weeks, the primary focus will be on 12 gold ring events which are taking place from January 19-30.
The action begins Thursday at noon with a $350 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The following day, the biggest turnout of the entire series is expected when another $350 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament takes place, with a duel entry opportunity for players. Officially listed as Event #2, players may enter and play on either Friday or Saturday. However, players who bust out on Friday have the opportunity to enter what amounts to the same tournament on the following day. Thereafter, ten more gold ring events will be played, with the $1,600 buy-in Main Event Championship being held January 27-30.
“Caesars Palace has always carried with it a special aura -- whether we’re talking about gambling, entertainment, or poker,” said Andy Rich, Director of Poker Operations for Caesars Palace. “We’ve always been the ‘where it’s at” in Las Vegas. Over the next 12 days, we’re rolling out the red carpet for thousands of poker players who are expected enter our events and play for a gold ring. As the saying goes, ‘you can’t get a hit if you don’t stand up to the plate and take swing.”
This marks the first time ever that the WSOP Circuit has come to Las Vegas so early in the season. In previous years, WSOP Circuit events have taken place in April. However, with so many exciting activities happening in Las Vegas early in the year, more players than ever before will have the opportunity to participate in a WSOP Circuit event, many for the first time.
To encourage more players to give the WSOP Circuit a try, Caesars Palace is offering $70 buy-in Turbo Super Satellites, with $50 re-buys each morning starting at 10 am. These Turbo Super Satellites will be held prior to the start of gold ring events (most of which start at noon). The dailies will guarantee at least ten seats to be given away for that day’s event. In short, it’s a less expensive way for many players to come in early and win a seat for a gold ring event at a fraction of the cost.
In addition, daily No-Limit Hold’em tournaments (non-gold ring events) take place most days at 9 am ($70 entry fee, with 3,000 in starting chips), 7 pm ($110 entry fee, with 10,000 in starting chips) and 10 pm ($85 entry fee, with 7,500 in starting chips). The bottom line is – no poker room in Las Vegas (or anywhere for that matter) will host more tournaments over the next 12 days. Moreover, cash games will be running inside the poker room around the clock.
Caesars Palace boasts one of the most luxurious poker rooms in the game. The multi-million dollar facility located adjacent to the world-famous sportsbook and Pure nightclub has a special tournament room, which is adorned with the portraits of many of poker’s most legendary players.
This is the ninth WSOP Circuit stop of the season, following previous tournaments held in several other locations throughout the U.S. The 2011-2012 season includes a total of 18 WSOP Circuit stops.
All tournament players become eligible to compete in the WSOP Circuit National Championship, which takes place at season’s end. The top 100 players who qualify based on a points system will compete in a nationally-televised championship, which is expected to be played in late May. Two guaranteed seats will be awarded at Caesars Palace and will go to the “Best All-Around Player” and the Main Event champion.
In previous year’s, some very notable names have won gold rings at Caesars Palace and added to their legacy as the best players in the game. Previous WSOP Circuit Main Event Champions crowned at Caesars Palace include:
2006 – John Spadavecchia
2007 – Cory Carroll
2008 – Allen Cunningham
2009 – Justin Bonomo
2010 – Andrew Lichtenberger
2011 – Christopher Johnson
The complete WSOP Circuit schedule at Caesars Palace can be seen here.