TUNICA, MS – January 31, 2012 – Since hosting its first tournament in 2005, World Series of Poker action has become a mid-south winter tradition in Tunica, MS.  

That tradition continues February 2 when the WSOP Circuit returns to Harrah’s Tunica.

The 10th stop scheduled for the 2011-2012 season, the Circuit Series at Harrah’s Tunica will feature poker tournament buy-ins ranging from $125-$1,600 and include variations of the game such as Hold’em, Omaha, H.O.R.S.E. as well as a highly-anticipated No-Limit Hold’em heads up event.

Beginning, January 27th, Harrah’s Tunica will host a series of daily noon, 5pm and 7pm preliminary events with buy-ins ranging from $125-$235. See the full schedule for details.

As with the other WSOP Circuit stops, the Harrah’s Tunica Circuit Series will include 12 official Ring Events, through which players can earn points to qualify for a seat to the WSOP Circuit National Championship to be held in Las Vegas this summer. The National Championship is a nationally-televised WSOP gold bracelet event featuring a million-dollar prize pool put up by Caesars Entertainment and the WSOP.

Last year’s WSOP Circuit National champion, Sam Barnhart, a software analyst from Little Rock Arkansas, qualified for his seat after winning the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s Tunica. His earnings from the two combined events totaled $448,612.

Learn more about the WSOPC National Championship here.

Learn more about the WSOPC points system here.

In addition to the 12 ring events scheduled at Harrah’s Tunica, the Seniors No-Limit Hold’em event takes place Sunday, January 29th while the ladies event begins Sunday, February 5.

The WSOP Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s Tunica gets underway Saturday, February 11 at noon.

Harrah’s Tunica is offering special room rates of $35 Sunday – Thursday and $65 Friday – Saturday to WSOP Circuit participants. Use promo code CWSOP12 when booking online or by phone at 1-800-CAESARS.


About the WSOP

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 www.WSOP.com.

About Harrah’s Tunica

Harrah’s Tunica is located 20 minutes south of Memphis, Tennessee and was originally opened in 1996 as Grand Casino. On May, 23, 2008 Paula Deen cut the official grand opening ribbon at Harrah’s Tunica featuring the first of its kind Paula Deen Buffet and an interactive gaming floor that is the largest in the region. Spanning over 2,000 acres Harrah’s Tunica features the Links at Cottonwoods championship golf course designed by Hale Irwin, Willows Sporting Clays and Hunting Center, the Mid-South Convention Center offering over 65,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, three elegant hotels totaling 1356 hotel rooms, the 200-space Mid-South RV Resort, Bellissimo Spa and Salon, and a 2,400 seat event center that features headline entertainment

About Caesars Entertainment:

Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world's largest casino entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 70 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions, and now operates casinos on four continents. The company's resorts operate primarily under the Harrah's®, Caesars® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the World Series of Poker® and the London Clubs International family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars is committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.

Media Contacts:

Patrick Collins

Harrah’s Tunica




Alan Fowler

WSOP/Caesars Interactive Entertainment