12 RING EVENT SCHEDULE COUNTS TOWARDS WSOP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 LAS VEGAS (Feb. 7, 2013) – The World Series of Poker announced today the addition of a brand new WSOP Circuit stop, at The Lodge Casino at Black Hawk in Colorado.

The Lodge WSOP Circuit stop will take place from March 14-25, 2013 and include 12 official WSOP Circuit ring events, along with a host of side action.

The Lodge Casino at Black Hawk is approximately 50 minutes from Denver, Colorado.  Plenty of parking is available at The Lodge along with scheduled service bus transportation from Denver to the casino and back.

“We know there are a lot of poker players in the Rocky Mountain region and we’re excited to bring the WSOP experience exclusively to The Lodge Casino at Black Hawk,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel.

A points-ranking system for all ring tournament participants will be used and reward those players who participate in multiple events, with the Top 100 players qualifying for the Southern Comfort 100 World Series of Poker National Championship (May 22-24, 2013 in New Orleans). 

Each WSOP Circuit stop Main Event winner will receive an automatic berth into the Southern Comfort 100 World Series of Poker National Championship. Automatic bids will also go to the “Casino Champion.” A Casino Champion is defined as the player at each stop whom accumulates the most points throughout the 12-event gold ring schedule.

The stop concludes with a $1,675 buy-in Main Event Championship slated to start on Friday, March 22, 2013. The Main Event will be played as re-entry, with a morning and an evening flight available to players with an additional third starting flight on Saturday, March 23 to accommodate the expected turnout.   

The full event schedule can be viewed HERE.

This WSOP Circuit Stop encompasses the dates originally slated for Horseshoe Cleveland, whose event was postponed to Fall as part of the 2013-14 WSOP Circuit season. 

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 2012, the event attracted 74,766 entrants from 101 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and awarded over $222 million in prize money.  The WSOP in December, 2008 was named the 7th most admired sports brand in North America by the Turnkey Sports Survey, trailing only the older and more established NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR and PGA Tour among sports properties.  In addition, the WSOP has experienced 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 EuropeSM. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit our website at www.WSOP.com