DATE CHANGE: 

WSOP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE CONTESTED MAY 22-24, 2013 IN NEW ORLEANS

Official ESPN Televised WSOP Gold Bracelet Event Moves Back One Day

Players Again to Compete for Shot at $1 Million+ at Harrah’s New Orleans Following Last WSOP Circuit Stop

LAS VEGASMarch 11, 2013 – The culmination of the ninth season of the WSOP Circuit will now officially be contested May 22-24, 2013, as the World Series of Poker announced today the push back of the start day (by one day), in order to get the final field set and give players enough time to get to New Orleans.  The original dates had the event beginning on May 21, just a day after all final spots were to be determined and verified.  Now, May 21st will be earmarked for an official Welcome Party hosted by Southern Comfort 100 Proof and advance player registration. 

A WSOP gold bracelet will be on the line for WSOP Circuit grinders and some of the top performers from official bracelet events in the season-culminating Southern Comfort 100 World Series of Poker National Championship taking place at Harrah’s New Orleans just after the final Circuit stop, from May 22-24, 2013. With Southern Comfort the Presenting Sponsor, the WSOP will bring the nationally televised finale to where it all began – for both poker and Southern Comfort – New Orleans, Louisiana.  ESPN will debut the National Championship on the flagship network July 30, 2013 from 9-11p.m. ET. 

One hundred is again the magic number for the WSOP Series of Poker Circuit Events Presented by Southern Comfort 100 Proof.  Fueled by a $1,000,000 prize fronted by the WSOP, the top 100 players from the Circuit tour who qualify via exemptions or at-large bids will free-roll into the National Championship to battle in the Big Easy against any of the 100 players made eligible based on their performances in 2011 and 2012 open bracelet events.  As was the case in 2012, these players may buy-in for the equivalent equity, or $10,000. 

The $1,000,000 along with a WSOP gold bracelet and ESPN cameras will be on site in New Orleans as the WSOP crowns this year’s champion on May 24, 2013.  ESPN will tape the coverage for air as part of its Tuesday night block of coverage of the 2013 WSOP.  

The three-day event begins on May 22 at 12 noon, with the 100 qualifiers who have earned their seat via victories or point accumulation throughout the 20-stop WSOP Circuit tour that began in August.  With seven stops remaining, 26 players have automatically qualified already, with a hotly-contested point race keeping hundreds of players within striking distance for the 60 seats that will come via the point accumulation method.  

The latest point standings can be found here: http://www.wsop.com/2012/circuit/leaderboard.asp 

The 26 players who have already automatically qualified based on winning a Circuit Main Event or Casino Championship are: http://www.wsop.com/2012/circuit/qualified.asp 

These 100 players will be joined by as many as 100 more.  The Southern Comfort 100 World Series of Poker National Championship also ties in the Top 100 WSOP Player of the Year point-earners over two years of WSOP calendar play (2011 & 2012) to participate in this event, by buying in for $10,000. 

Thus, this championship field could feature as many as 200 players and $2,000,000 in prize money.  (Last year saw 157 players and a $1,570,000 prize pool up for grabs). 

The 100 players eligible to join this field can be found here: http://www.wsop.com/2012/circuit/national-championship-qualifiers.asp 

All participating players will receive complimentary hotel stays on May 21 and May 22 if they RSVP in advance to WSOP’s Daniel Vogel (dvogel@caesars.com).  All players who have qualified through April 22 must RSVP by April 30 to take advantage of this opportunity.  All players who qualify after April 22 will be contacted by WSOP staff to coordinate hotel stay for National Championship.  Any player still in the field on May 23 or 24 will have their hotel stays extended by the WSOP.  Those who fail to RSVP at all or by the deadline will be responsible for their own accommodations.  Players are encouraged to remain in contact with Vogel. 

While the WSOP Circuit tour is currently at Caesars Atlantic City, a half-dozen more stops remain for players to qualify. 

Those stops are: 

  • March 14-25, 2013 – The Lodge at Blackhawk outside Denver, Colorado
  • March 27 - April 8, 2013 – Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut
  • April 4-15, 2013 – Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina
  • April 11-22, 2013 – Horseshoe Council Bluffs in Iowa (just outside of Omaha)
  • April 25 – May 6, 2013 – Harrah’s Philadelphia
  • May 9-20, 2013 – Harrah’s New Orleans 

Through the first 13 stops, 53,847 entrants have competed for $29,191,518.00 in prize money, putting this season on pace to be the richest and most attended in its nine-year history. 

Circuit schedules are subject to change.  Stops may be added or removed. For more information on individual circuit events, including event schedules and structure sheets, can be found at each property website or by visiting www.WSOP.com 

*The WSOP Circuit Events and culminating championship are subject to tournament rules and restrictions to be released at a later date. The timing, number and location of events are subject to change and all applicable gaming regulations.